Glamorous Instagram star thrown out of flat after her ‘secret life’ was discovered
Social media has birthed a new kind of celebrity, meaning that no longer are we left envying the lavish lifestyles of our favourite actors and musicians, but also everyday people like you and me who have somehow gained a mass following over Instagram.
One such celebrity is Kayla Jenkins. Using the social media handle "Okaylaaa", the 24-year-old Brit has over 100k followers on Instagram and 600k subscribers on YouTube. Her Kardashian-esque lifestyle includes make-up tutorials, videos of her getting lip fillers and plenty of selfies posing with her pet pugs in Instagram-approved outfits. It all seemed very glitz and glam until fans were shocked to find Kayla the latest subject of a Channel 5 show called Bad Tenants Rogue Landlords.
It was revealed that the home-life of the social media star was pretty grim, with her landlords claiming they had no choice but to evict Kayla and her housemate Casey Petchy after they owed nearly £10,000 ($14,000) in rent. They were forced to apply for an eviction order to throw them out, and upon inspecting the house after Kayla was gone, were shocked at the state of the property.
According to landlords Paul and Paula Hopwood, Kayla left the Manchester house with dog faeces and makeup stains smeared around the place. Furniture and interior fixings were left broken and chewed up, and a week's worths of garbage bags dumped in the garden. They were appalled to find dog poo collected inside a Tupperware container had been left behind too.
"To just walk in and see that it had been completely wrecked was absolutely soul-destroying," Paula said on the program, inspecting the urine-stained curtains, gnawed carpets and damaged stairwell. "Ugh the smell, it actually makes me feel like I’m going to be sick."
"It makes my blood boil," she went on. "She is in there, she’s making money in our house, using it as a film set for her videos and not paying her rent and there’s nothing we can do".
The Hopwoods are furious, and suspect the damage to the property could cost thousands. Much of the damage is pet-related, and while Kayla claimed to have only had one puppy, Paul said she actually had four cats, five dogs, three rabbits, two budgies and two guinea pigs at the property. Police who were called for when the owners were unable to get into the property noted on camera that the house smelled "pungent".
Kayla's talent agency, Intrigue Management, told Unilad that she "was unable to pay her rent as she was suffering with mental health problems and her YouTube paid work dried up."
Addressing the claims on the program, the agency asserted on behalf of Casey and Kayla that "all dog mess was put in bin bags before the house was vacated" and that "the mattress shown in the show was second-hand and already stained". They took responsibility for the rubbish, admitting that they missed the refuse collection three weeks in a row.
Kayla herself uploaded a new video responding to the situation, in which she reiterates the agency's statement. She also accused the landlord of "creepy" behaviour and called him a "stalker". She insists she "left on her own terms" and that many of the things were staged for the TV show.
No matter how disgusting the house was left, and whose fault it really was, this story certainly is far more dramatic than it needed to be. But it seems the star is handling the attention fine, and I guess all press is good press, right?