Addison Rae is one of TikTok's biggest stars, but it's her father who's dominated headlines lately. Here's why.

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Addison Rae's father Monty Lopez has 5.3 million TikTok followers.
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  • TikToker Addison Rae's father has become the subject of online controversy in recent weeks.
  • Rumors about Rae's father cheating on her mother began to swirl in June. 
  • In recent weeks, Rae's father has feuded with YouTuber Tana Mongeau and a rapper named Yung Gravy.

Addison Rae's father, Monty Lopez, has been the center of controversy in recent months.

TikTok sensation Addison Rae has posted content on the platform almost daily for the past three years.

She rose to fame filming viral dances and has amassed more than 88 million TikTok followers, becoming the fourth-most followed creator on the platform. Though she has a massive following on social media, she's kept most details of her personal life private. 

That all changed when Rae's father, Monty Lopez, who has amassed over 5 million TikTok followers, became the focus of online controversy after rumors that he had been cheating on Rae's mother, Sheri Easterling, began spreading on TikTok in June. The rumors soon blew up into a full-fledged media frenzy when a 25-year-old model told Page Six she had a months-long affair with Lopez. Lopez did not immediately respond to Page Six's request for comment, the report said.

Rae has not publicly addressed the claims against her father, but TikTok fans are flooding her comments section with questions about him. 

Lopez, who has been posting on his own TikTok account since late 2019 and has built an online brand by referring to himself as the "father of Addison Rae,"  does not appear to have significantly lost or gained followers overall since the allegations emerged.

However, headlines and online discourse about Lopez seem to have taken precedence over and overshadowed some of Rae's recent accomplishments as an influencer, such as her launch of a new doll product named after her. Other influencers and celebrities have now also been roped into the controversy, as Lopez has begun feuding with them online.  

Here is how the controversy around Addison Rae's family unfolded, shifting focus from the 21-year-old influencer to her 46-year-old father.

Unverified rumors that Monty Lopez was cheating on his wife began spreading on TikTok in late June.

A picture of Addison Rae's family from 2020.
Photo of the Easterling family taken in September 2020.
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In the last week of June, a TikTok video that appeared to have been posted by a user named  @iamjessk began circulating on the platform. It showed a woman in a car on a video call with a man, with an on-screen caption that read, "POV: When Addison Rae's dad Facetimes you late at night." 

The original video appears to have been deleted, but various clips have been reposted to the platform by other users. It is unclear if the man on the call is Lopez, and Lopez has not addressed the clip. 

In early July, a since-deleted TikTok that appears to have been posted by a user called @marlig_ showed a woman in a club, saying, "Addison Rae's dad is trying to fuck me," followed by a clip showing a man in a club touching a woman's behind. Screen recordings of the clip have been reposted on TikTok and Instagram, with commenters saying they think the man in the video looks like Lopez. Lopez has not responded to these allegations and did not respond to Insider's request for comment.

A 25-year-old model said Lopez 'misled' her into having an affair with him, creating a media storm around Rae's family.

Addison Rae and Sheri Easterling
Sheri Easterling and Addison Rae in November 2021.
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On July 6, Dexerto reported that a 25-year-old model named Renée Ash posted a series of Instagram stories saying she had an affair with Lopez and sharing images of her kissing a man she said was Lopez. 

In an interview with Page Six, Ash said she was compelled to speak out after the TikTok videos purporting to show Lopez touching another woman's behind went viral. Ash told the outlet that she had been dating Lopez since March but broke up with him after seeing the videos.

"He told me that we were going to be together and have babies together," she told Page Six. "He told me a story of his marriage that convinced me that they were apart and in the process of getting a divorce."

Ash's accusations have since been shared by various national news outlets, while TikTokers are using the hashtag #montylopez, which has 183 million views, to discuss the situation.

According to E! News, Sheri Easterling released a statement on her Instagram Story on July 7, which is no longer available to view, in which she said, "Personal matters being brought public are always challenging and overwhelming for anyone involved," adding, "I will be okay. My biggest concern is—and always will be—my children and their fragile hearts and minds." 

The outlet also reported that Sheri added the phrase "single mom" to her Instagram bio around the same time, which drew more speculation about the couple's relationship on social media. Sheri Easterling did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Lopez has become embroiled in a feud with a rapper who made remarks about wanting to date Sheri.

On August 4, an American rapper known as Yung Gravy, whose real name is Matthew Raymond Hauri, appeared on the internet drama show "BFFs podcast" as a special guest. During the episode, Hauri said he had occasionally messaged Sheri after the 42-year-old made a TikTok implying she wanted to date the rapper in mid-July.

The rapper also told YouTuber Jeff Wittek that he was planning on going on a date with Sheri in an episode of Wittek's podcast posted on August 2. Sheri has not publicly responded to these comments. 

On August 8, Lopez reshared a clip of Hauri on Wittek's podcast on TikTok, challenging the rapper to a boxing match. Lopez posted several taunts directed at Hauri in the following days. Hauri responded in a TikTok video, saying, "I'm a grown man. I'm not going to fight you over TikTok drama." 

Hauri did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. 

Lopez also began feuding with influencer Tana Mongeau in the midst of his battle with Yung Gravy.

In a video with Jeff Wittek posted on July 11, 24-year-old YouTuber Tana Mongeau spoke about the cheating rumors surrounding Lopez, saying it was "just the tip of the iceberg" and said she frequently saw him out at clubs.

When Lopez issued his challenge to fight Yung Gravy in a boxing match on TikTok, influencer Mongeau commented on his post, saying, "I'm calling the police," to which Lopez replied, "About your body count?" and "Go take a bath." 

The term "body count" is typically used to refer to the number of sexual partners someone has had. 

Mongeau posted a TikTok video on August 8, where she confirmed that she commented on Lopez's TikTok because she thought it would be "all fun and games," but said Lopez's response indicated that "he clearly wants to beef." 

"Why a grown man is even remotely discussing my 'body count' is beyond me," she said in the video. 

Lopez has not yet publicly responded to Mongeau's video. 

Rae has remained largely silent about the media storm surrounding her family.

Addison Rae attends the 2022 Met Gala.
Addison Rae unfollowed both her parents on Instagram.
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Aside from a non-specific tweet saying she was "struggling" to post on social media on July 25, Rae has not spoken out about the allegations against her father. However, several outlets reported that she unfollowed him on Instagram on June 28.

Various outlets reported that the TikToker unfollowed her mother on Instagram following Lopez's feud with Yung Gravy. Sheri does not currently appear under Rae's followed accounts on Instagram. 

The TikToker continues to post lighthearted content on the platform, such as lip sync videos and promotional content about her line of beauty products. 

Representatives for Monty Lopez, Sheri Easterling, and Addison Rae did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. 

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