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Charli and Dixie joined the platform together (Picture: Getty/Triller) Charli D'Amelio has racked up almost a million followers on Triller in just one day after she joined TikTok's rival platform along with her sister Dixie. It's clearly worked out for them, with Charli, 16, already boasting more than 900,000 followers, and Dixie, 19, building up a following of more than 500,000 in just one day. While it's certainly nothing on Charli's 87 million TikTok followers, it can't harm the wildly popular family to branch out – especially after they launched their own YouTube channel and look set to start a reality show. While Charli has continued her reign as TikTok's most popular creator and announced she's writing her own book, Dixie has kicked off her music career, signing a record deal. Sixteen-year-old Charli D'Amelio, the most-followed creator on TikTok who has become synonymous with the blockbuster app amid its rise to renown, is now joining forces with a formidable rival.

D'Amelio, who counts 80 million followers on TikTok, launched an account at competitor app Triller yesterday, where she has already shared three videos and amassed 938,000 followers. The Verge notes that the relationship isn't an exclusive one — meaning that D'Amelio will continue to upload to all of her other massive social accounts — though it's worth noting she hasn't yet begun sharing any Reels, which is Instagram's answer to the TikTok format. TikTok's 50 million, per The Verge), Triller has forged relationships with many top TikTok stars — at both the executive level and in a content-related capacity — as TikTok's future in the U.S. remains uncertain. Interestingly, The Verge notes that President Trump and members of his family are Triller users, harnessing the TikTok-like app as a campaign tool. "The fact that so many people's personal lives were put on the internet was not okay." She appealed to fans to stop piling on Chase and Nessa Barrett, the girl he'd kissed (when they were both single, according to Chase), saying "you should never hate on anyone for their mistakes, because we all make mistakes." She's the most popular person on the most popular platform during the most online time in any of our lives, yet she's known for keeping it extremely real (her first book, out in December, is called Essentially Charli: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping it Real).

One of the realest things about Charli D'Amelio is her relationship with her sister. While some TikTok stars live in fratty "influencer houses," the D'Amelios live with their parents, Marc and Heidi, who now have millions of followers of their own on the app. The sisters were recently ranked the second and third highest-paid creators on the app by Forbes, with combined earnings of almost $7 million over the last year. "I was just wondering, like, how did they know that?" says Charli incredulously, when I ask her about this on Zoom in late August. A little over a year ago was famously when Charli, a shy Connecticut high-schooler and competitive dancer, started posting dance clips on the then-"cringey" app, as Dixie recently put it.

When Charli wanted to buy Dixie a pair of Jordan 1 Diors (price tag: $30,000) for her birthday, she had sneaker influencer Ben Kickz track them down and spun it into 9 million views on YouTube. Still, that same number of people watched a doctor stuff blunt instruments up her nostrils and extract bloody cartilage so she could breathe better during a recent nose surgery ("i know this is the worst thing i can ever say in my whole life, but he could sell the bloody tissues for millions," one fan commented). When I meet the D'Amelios on Zoom, they seem more like the unknown high-schoolers they so recently were than the teen media titans they are now, branching into music, book publishing, and reality TV. Charli and Chase have long since patched things up and are now back to appearing in each others' TikToks ("I think we need to normalize exes being friends," she replied, when a paparazzi asked her if they're back together). But last month Dixie had to tell her fans to stop hating on Griffin after their messy break-up ("can y'all stop sending him hate, things happen it's a part of life and growing up," she Tweeted).

They're still teens, and it's hard—"one hundred and ten percent," says Charli emphatically—to have their personal relationships splashed all over the internet. When I ask whether they'll be sharing future romantic deets with their fans, Dixie says, "I guess we do want to share things. "It's been a time to kind of understand and figure out how to deal with everything that's been going on recently," Charli tells me. But Charli did recently tell fans that she's been getting tested every week for COVID. Earlier this year, Charli discovered that the ubiquitous "Renegade" dance that helped catapult her to viral fame had been created by a Black teenager in Atlanta named Jalaiah Harmon, who hadn't been credited as her dance started exploding on TikTok. Charli performed the dance with Jalaiah and Addison Rae. Jalaiah posted the video on her own account, too, and racked up 11 million views. Consistent with the meta theme that permeates their content, a video of Dixie showing friends and family her music video was genuinely touching, with Charli and Marc singing along, Griffin wondering aloud if the song was about him, and Heidi crying. This year Dixie, like many high school seniors, missed her graduation and recently nixed plans to attend the University of Alabama, since it would be too unsafe to travel back and forth to L.A. Charli will be doing one-on-one high school online this fall, like she did last year. "I feel like it's going to be really fun for people to see our thoughts and opinions on situations," adds Charli. Beyond that, "we just want to continue to speak on things we speak on and continue to spread positive messages," says Charli. "I feel like I still don't know why this happened," says Charli.