In the video, the year-old YouTube star detailed her reasons for leaving the platform, many of which were mental health-related. In particular, she discussed her experience with depression, which began shortly after her viral video took off. Morris was also candid about her struggle to begin taking medication, a transition she found surprisingly difficult. Now, though, she's glad she made the right decision for her. The Overly Attached Girlfriend video, which Morris filmed as an entry for a Justin Bieber fan contest, blew up in after it found its way to Reddit. The video jumpstarted Morris' career, which included television appearances, red carpet hosting gigs, and a successful YouTube channel with over 1. Until Wednesday, Morris hadn't posted to that channel in 11 months — before that, her only video since was titled "oops it's been a year. After a difficult move, she explained, she wanted to take a short break from her channel, but the break ended up longer than she expected. Morris also made it clear that her reasons for leaving YouTube are manifold, and that — despite her sadness at closing her channel — she knows it's the right decision for her. I know that this part of my life is done and that it's time to say goodbye.
The character was created by Laina Morris born June 22, The video was a submission to a contest held by Justin Bieber who challenged fans to create a "Girlfriend" counterpart to his hit song " Boyfriend ". The video, which satirized elements of the Bieber song that have been perceived as clingy, featured Morris staring at the camera with a fixed smile while singing about Facebook -stalking her boyfriend and other themes. In , Morris announced her departure from YouTube and posted a video on July 24, detailing that she is no longer going to make videos and is quitting YouTube altogether.
Laina Morris, 28, the origin of the "overly attached girlfriend" meme, announced on Thursday that she was quitting YouTube, the platform that led to her viral stardom about seven years ago. In , Morris took part in a contest held by Justin Bieber, who was looking for someone to create a "Girlfriend" song to go with his hit single "Boyfriend. The video resonated because of its funny lyrics, but also because Morris sang most of her song without blinking, staring into the camera the entire time. Morris' "Girlfriend" video went viral, attracting millions of viewers and sparking the meme, where people would post Morris' picture and add funny captions describing what an overly attached girlfriend would do. An "overly attached girlfriend" meme featuring Morris. Morris filmed more parody videos over the years and appeared as a guest in many other YouTube videos. She was also featured in a video from Delta Air Lines and interviewed celebrities on the red carpet at the American Music Awards. During the peak of her YouTube days, Morris posted videos about once a week. But she stopped posting regularly after August She uploaded one video in August , and on Thursday she posted her final video.
Laina Morris was just 20 years old when a Justin Bieber contest turned into unexpected social stardom for the young Texan, which saw her face go viral across the internet. In , as part of the Bieber competition , Laina had to upload a YouTube clip to the tune of his hit single Boyfriend, but alter the lyrics so it could be renamed Girlfriend. In a bid to stand out, Laina wrote her version from the perspective of an obsessive partner, wide-eyed and just a little crazy. She admitted that the filming of the video required a few takes to get the perfect amount of "crazy girlfriend stalker" and while she missed out on winning the competition, she won the hearts of the internet. Her face went viral, and soon became known as The Overly-Attached Girlfriend. What followed was an onslaught of memes and big business for Laina. Working with advertisers like Kia Soul and even appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, she had no idea what she wanted to do in life until social stardom fell her way. Working in entertainment had been a lifelong dream, but she was a small-town girl with zero connections. As interest in the OAG gained momentum, the small-town girl became a brand that led to various media requests and even imitators.