A younger TikTok user who went viral for posting a non-public FaceTime name she had with Matthew Perry says she launched the video to reveal how older males in Hollywood are “taking advantage” of youthful ladies on courting apps.
“A lot of people were saying I’m a bully and mean for posting this, and it made me feel kind of bad, but at the same time, I feel like a lot of guys in Hollywood are talking to all these young girls and it’s something that I think a lot of people should be aware of,” the user, Kate Haralson, solely informed Page Six on Thursday.
Haralson, who stated she was solely 19 when she matched with Perry, now 51, on the elite app final May, stated the “Friends” star requested to maneuver their conversations from Raya to FaceTime virtually instantly after matching.
The Los Angeles-based private assistant, now 20, stated she had matched with different celebs earlier than, however doesn’t “ever talk to older guys.”
However, she selected to talk with Perry as a result of she thought, “Oh, this would be funny.”
“I was not really thinking anything of it,” Haralson added, noting that whereas she acknowledged the well-known actor, the Gen Z-er had “never even really watched ‘Friends.”
While on the FaceTime name, Haralson stated Perry instructed they ask one another questions forwards and backwards to get to know one another higher. The TikTok video reveals a brief clip of them enjoying “20 Questions.”
Haralson stated not one of the questions have been sexual, however she did really feel uncomfortable at occasions, particularly since she says she was upfront about the truth that she was solely 19.
“I don’t think he minded that,” she stated. “It kind of felt weird talking to someone my dad’s age and it just felt not right, especially when he knew how young I was.”
The blond magnificence claimed the actor requested her at one level, “Am I as old as your dad?”
“So it was weird,” she added, noting that she informed the “Odd Couple” star that he was about solely a yr older than her father, which she claimed the TV star “laughed off.”
Haralson stated her buddy snapped a fast clip of the pair’s FaceTime name, which is what was posted onto her TikTok account this week.
“Honestly, I never really had any intention of posting it, but then I saw that one video, and thought, ‘Oh, this would be funny,’” she stated. “I didn’t expect it to blow up as fast as it did.”
Haralson stated she was “inspired” by one other viral video shared on TikTok by a user named Nivine Jay, who posted a personal video of Ben Affleck after they matched on Raya.
Haralson stated the 2 ladies are actually in contact through DM and Jay has suggested her to “ignore all the hate comments.”
“You post something and you just have to expect for some people to be on your side and others to be on their side,” Haralson stated. “Obviously, a lot of people are going to take his side since he’s a celeb TV character, but that’s OK.”
Unlike Jay, although, Haralson determined to take down her video inside lower than 24 hours of posting it as a result of she “did feel a little bit bad,” stating that Perry actually was a “nice guy.”
The celeb assistant added that she and Perry by no means really met up in particular person — though the actor allegedly tried as soon as and informed her, “Maybe one day you can get a COVID test and come over,” — as a result of she wasn’t actually all in favour of him.
“I just did it more for the joke of it, which sounds mean, but I didn’t think anything of it,” she stated of her choice to FaceTime. “I thought it was more so innocent and harmless.”
Haralson concluded, “Honestly, it’s not really OK for these older guys to be talking to such young girls.”
A rep for Perry didn’t reply to Page Six’s request for remark.
In November, Perry announced he was engaged to 29-year-old literary supervisor Molly Hurwitz.
Haralson remains to be on Raya and stated she has not been kicked off as of but.
A rep for the courting app didn’t return our requests for remark.