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Influencer fights back tears as she apologises for revealing she owns her house outright at 21

Callum Jones

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An influencer struggled to hold back tears as she responded to criticism she faced online after revealing she owns her house at 21.

In England (excluding London), the average age of a first time buyer last year was 33, up slightly from 32 in years past.

Due to factors such as the cost of living crisis, many have been unable to get onto he housing ladder.

Katylee Bailey, from Bradford, is one of those who is way ahead of that average, as she revealed in a recent TikTok that she managed to buy a house outright and is also mortgage-free at 21.


In the TikTok, which has been viewed 3.5 million times, Katylee held a champagne bottle with confetti inside.

Captioning the clip, she wrote: "Biggest achievement of my life. Here's to my new chapter."

Some criticised the influencer for the TikTok. Credit: TikTok/@k4tyl33
Some criticised the influencer for the TikTok. Credit: TikTok/@k4tyl33

While many rushed to the comment section to congratulate the influencer, many were not as pleased for her.


One TikTok viewer wrote: "So sad the people that work the least get this and people putting their life on the line can barely afford heating."

A second added: "Alright for some."

Meanwhile, a third wrote: "Lucky you, here I am paying 2 grand in rent every month because I am not eligible for a mortgage despite working 40 hours a week."

Following the backlash, which was certainly in the minority, Katylee made a second video where she addressed the hate she was getting.


"I just wanted to come on here to say that I'm sorry to anyone who feels like I'm bragging about the house thing," she said.

"Yes, the system is absolutely f***ed, I will never get my head around the fact that I've become so lucky."

She continued: "But believe or not, as much as some of you guys don't wanna understand this, I do actually work and let me tell you something, social media is so mentally draining.

"I know there are many people out there who work there a***s off. I genuinely did just fall lucky with social media."

Katylee sobbed as she explained the video. Credit: TikTok/@k4tyl33
Katylee sobbed as she explained the video. Credit: TikTok/@k4tyl33

"And yes my family have given me an amazing life. But I didn't get brought up with money, so to be able to achieve such a big thing at 21-years-old, I'm just so grateful.

"It's not me bragging, it's me being so proud of myself. I think if anyone else had the opportunity, they'd do it."

In 2021, The Telegraph and Argus reported that Katylee earns up to £1,000 for each video she posts, after dropping out of university to pursue a career in social media full-time.

Topics: Home, TikTok, Social Media

Callum Jones
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