Larri Merritt – better known as Larray – is an American influencer, singer, YouTuber and TikTok content creator, born under the zodiac sign Cancer on July 22, 1998 in Compton, California. He is known for his viral videos on the internet and as part of The Hype House.
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There is not much information about Larray’s childhood and educational background. Although the identity of his family is unknown, in an interview with AwesomenessTV, he revealed he has 13 siblings: “Fun fact. I have thirteen siblings, and I’m not kidding. My father… My father is uh… He’s been ‘the neighborhood’ is the best way I can say that.”
Although Larray grew up in Los Angeles, he moved out of the city with his father at some point in his teens.
Larray started his career as a content creator in 2015, when he started sharing funny videos on Vine, and Son gained over 100,000 followers. While Larray’s Vines is no longer available as the app has now been discontinued, there are compilation videos of its content can be found on the internet.
After gaining a huge following on Vine, and long before the web shut down, Larray had already started exploring more options and started his own YouTube channel.
His debut on the platform was with the video titled “My Night Routine!”, which was released on June 15, 2015 and has racked up over a million views to date.
YouTube’s video structure proved positive for Larray, as he was able to share longer videos on a wide variety of topics, including lifestyle, makeup, fashion, video games and viral internet challenges. Larray now has over six million subscribers to his channel.
In addition to collaborating with other well-known YouTubers such as James Charles and The Dolan Twins, Larray has also released several songs such as “First Place”, “Last Place”, “Latina”, “Thanos” and “Canceled”.
Recently, Larray has started posting content on the short video app TikTok, which has gained him over 12 million followers.
His content on the internet consists of funny videos of him and his friends dancing and other comedic situations.
His immense fame on TikTok also earned him a spot in The Hype House, a creative collective formed by 19 members in early 2020, with the aim of being a ‘collab house’, an influencer tradition that consists of a group living together in a house. This can give creators the necessary resources to work as a team, as well as help them “find emotional support for what can be a grueling career,” as the New York Times states.
The idea to create The Hype House came from Chase Hudson, Larray’s fellow TikTok star and friend. The house is located in Los Angeles.
What is the origin of his stage name?
Larray is a combination of his name Larri and the middle name of pop star Miley “Ray” Cyrus, who was Larray’s childhood idol and favorite singer.
Larray has his . confirmed ethnicity is mixedas his mother is Caucasian and his father Afro Latino.
Openly gay, Larray began dating his fellow influencer and TikToker Brady Potter, who is also a current member of The Hype House, in March 2019. In October 2020 Larray celebrated their relationship with a beautiful photo of them together Instagram: ‘Relationships go through a lot of ups and downs, but somehow a year and 6 months later you still find a way to deal with me. happy birthday bebe aka white man john smith.’ The photo has garnered more than a million likes and more than 26,000 comments.
Relationship with his father
In the past, Larray has made several jokes about his relationship with his father, including comparing him to Marvel’s villain Thanos from the movie “Avengers: Endgame” as they both supposedly “disappeared.”
Despite his casual attitude about it and the negative speculation about his relationship with his father, Larray posted a photo with his ancestor on his Instagram account in June 2020 with the following caption: ‘happy fathers day dad. Miss you’.
While the post was meant to celebrate the love between father and son, the post sparked more rumors, with some Larray fans asking if his father was dead.
Larray refuted those rumors in a later video, revealing that his father is currently in prison, which is why he misses him.
In September 2020, someone on the internet posted a link to channel45news, which revealed that Larray was believed to have died, of ‘epilepsy in home functions’ as the cause.
Although the subject was serious, was later revealed that the post was a joke, and that Larray is very much alive. Despite this, some of Larray’s fans started to inquire about his current health on his social media accounts.
In July 2020, Larray attended a surprise birthday party hosted by the model and influencer Nikita Dragun.
The celebration was attended by several online celebrities, such as Charli D’Amelio and James Charles. The party was strong criticized by the media, as it was held during the pandemic lockdown in Los Angeles, where there is currently an increase in COVID-19 cases. YouTuber Tyler Oakley also publicly expressed his disapproval of the party, tagging some of its assistants — including Larray — on Twitter with the message: “Please consider social distancing, wearing masks and using your massive platforms to encourage responsibility.” during a global pandemic’.
Larray replied to this Tweet saying ‘I understand 100% where you’re coming from and it was a stupid thing to do. I’ll do better and take this shit seriously. appreciate your Tyler much love’.
Larray’s estimated net worth is over $1 million at the end of 2020, which is the result of his work as a social media influencer, YouTuber, and TikToker.
Larray has a slim yet athletic build and handsome features. He is 1.80 m tall and weighs about 60 kg.
- His grandmother has appeared in several of his videos.
- In his early teens, he ran a Miley Cyrus fan page.
- His favorite video game is Pokemon.
- He suffered an injury in August 2020 while trying to dance Cardi B’s song “WAP”.
- He shares his birthday with Selena Gómez.