Fitness buffs globally would have been extremely familiar with Chloe Ting, a Bruneian born, fitness trainer hailing from Australia! This popular fitness YouTuber propelled to popularity when she started posting workouts on TikTok with a huge number of people who ended up doing her fitness “challenges”. These challenges were broken down into one or two-week time periods and would eventually promise dramatic results. With her followers posting sweaty, post-workout pictures of themselves on social media as a result of her intense workout techniques, it is to no doubt her fitness videos gain an enormous amount of likes and shares within a few hours of posting them.
Chloe has now over 21 million subscribers on YouTube and her fame could be measured when her subscribers’ count went from 10 million subscribers to 14.5 million subscribers within two months! Her style of living and her working techniques have inspired many followers to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle just by doing her well-coveted fitness techniques.
One of the highly appealing factors that draw fitness buffs to her account would be the fact that her workouts are incredibly accessible — they’re free, does not require fancy workout clothes or equipment and could be modified according to your skill level. You could finally bid adieu to your gym membership that burns a hole in your pocket.
Despite the fame and large cult-like following for Chloe’s videos, there are, of course, many individuals who intend to spread hate towards her workout techniques and her credibility. A common argument used against her would be the fact that Chloe is not a certified professional fitness trainer. This has led to a particular fitness coach to go on a smear campaign against Chloe. Addressing these issues, Chloe has recently posted a video on her YouTube channel. This 16 minutes and 55-second video details her current experience of having to deal with individuals as such, her current state of mind and the legal proceedings that she’s facing.
In the video, she started off with a shocking statement that reveals her intentions about quitting YouTube once and for all because she’s burnt out due to the stress, pressure and hate received towards her videos. She claimed that some individuals have tried villainising her and have attempted to sell their merchandise using her name although she had nothing to do with it. However, those claims have not hurt her as much as the two ongoing smear campaigns against Chloe, leading to persistent hateful content and her mental health being affected by those posts.
Chloe further revealed two legal proceedings that she has been facing these few months involving fitness coach, Dino Kang and a media company. Talking about the legal proceedings involving Dino Kang who started a smear campaign against her, she said, “The individual (Dino Kang) posted malicious things about me. He said that I was promoting eating disorders and body dysmorphia and have insulted my content. He further said that I’m just a pretty face in yoga pants.”
Chloe was disappointed with these allegations because she is indeed a certified personal trainer and she has put hours into studying and training — sacrificing a lot of things just to create content! Amidst the allegations, Chloe has contacted the person over many months to try and resolve this matter. After posting the Time To Talk video on her YouTube channel, Chloe sent him a concern notice that detailed all the statements he gave that were defamatory. Kang, seemed apologetic and admitted he was wrong. However, a week later, he reposted all the defamatory statements and made things worse. He said that his girlfriend told him to be nice about the issue but he later, changed his mind.
It was then Chloe knew that his intentions were never nice. In another email, he seemed apologetic once again and weirdly pitched an idea to put her in a better light and have also suggested Chloe come on her YouTube channel to make an apology. He also took down all the posts about her and Chloe actually thought that he deserved another chance. According to Chloe, the dispute drained her to a great extent so, she offered him a deed of settlement.
Typically, this deed involved compensation for damages made however, Chloe chose not to insist on compensation. Apparently, Kang took advantage of Chloe’s kindness and he only posted an apology in January this year! In spite of Chloe’s increasing legal fees, he told her lawyer that Chloe’s cause is of no concern to him and it’s her choice for pursuing him.
A manipulated Chloe, was taken aback when he decided to go back into forming another smear campaign against her which also claimed that he was bullied by her. Ironically, he said that he found a girlfriend out of this, in reference to the lawsuit. In reality, there was no lawsuit and the entire issue revolved around emails!
Adding on to this, Chloe said, “I needed to protect myself according to the law because a lot of people are jumping on the hate bandwagon. I’m not going to let people get away with bullying.”
Moving on to the second legal proceedings, Chloe stated that there was a media company that published defamatory content. That content made people think less of her and refused to remove it. Funnily, the same company reached out to her and asked her to do a workout live stream on their platform! One of the defamatory content produced by the media company states, “She has a body that could not be attainable by many women.”
The media company then proceeded to claim that Chloe was promoting body dysmorphia. They then suggested if Chloe had posted in a baggy T-shirt and sweatpants, she would not be adding to the problem. Insulting her further, this media company then stated that if she wore baggy fitness wear, she would not have had as many followers as she does. Furthermore, they cited that she has no knowledge in fitness and subsequently, promotes body dysmorphia and eating disorders!
At the end of the video, Chloe stated that she shall leave it to the court to decide whether their conduct towards her was lawful. If proven that these claims of her promoting body dysmorphia are true, then she would want to rethink posting videos on her YouTube channel. She also stated that it was good and comforting to be able to say something and stand up for herself.
These allegations made against Chloe has indeed proven that, despite the fact that fitness coaches on social media platforms seem to have a perfectly balanced, zen-like lifestyle, in reality, they’re just like us — normal, human beings with feelings.
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