Who is Blake Gray?
Blake Gray is a TikTok-famous influencer, who was born on 9th January 2001, in Cypress, Texas, USA. With over ten million fans and nearing half a billion likes on the short-video platform, the humorous influencer stands at 6ft 2in (1.87m) tall and weighs 132lbs (60kgs). His parents, Ronnie and Courtney Gray, are not in the public eye.
Blake’s YouTube Channel
Surprisingly, Blake was active on YouTube long before TikTok existed, despite the latter platform propelling him to internet fame years later. The influencer’s first video, “PUSHED HIM OFF THE LEDGE”, was uploaded on 18 August 2016.
Specializing in clickbait and prank videos with the occasional vlog peppered in, Blake took a break from his channel in June 2017 and didn’t return until July 2020. The video description reads: “…I JOINED THE SWAY HOUSE! Hyped to be living with the boys & going to be posting more vlog content for y’all. Stay tuned!”.
Since his return to YouTube, Blake has continued to post the pranks and challenges which his fans enjoy. From time to time, his girlfriend Amelie makes a cameo appearance in these videos.
The Sway House
The Sway House was a Bel-Air mansion which was rented in January 2020 by a group of young TikTok heavyweights, such as Josh Richards and Anthony Reeves. The aim of the house was for the social media stars to live together and create viral videos.
An April 2020 Forbes article summed it up pretty well: “They have the magic touch and can make anything blow up on TikTok: A song, a brand or even a traditional celebrity. That’s why everyone wants to work with them”.
TalentX Entertainment, a talent development company, saw the potential in TikTok and decided to group the Sway House members together and represent them.
Soon, hundreds of brands were turning to the collective to promote their services and products.
In December 2020, Blake shocked fans by tweeting: “All good things must come to an end at some point”. Days later, Sway House members including Josh took to the internet to deny the rumors, but by then the damage had been done, with the influencers losing followers, and others in the collective removing the ‘Sway House’ name from their social media bios.
Sadly, the Sway House officially disbanded in February 2021, much to the dismay of its fanbase.
Blake’s Personal Life
Since September 2020, Blake has been in a very public relationship with influencer and Unicef ambassador Amelie Zilber.
A budding social justice activist, Amelie likes to post informative TikToks explaining the political situations in other countries, so that young fans can stay informed.
Amelie and Blake made things Instagram official early on in their relationship, although they took some time in confirming the rumors. The brunette Democrat supporter rallied her thousands of fans to get out and vote ahead of the last presidential elections, is also a fan of self-care and travelling.
The blog TwoMinuteTimes, which doubles up as a weekly newsletter for those who want to be in the know, is Amelie’s passionate project which she founded in January 2017.
Although it’s been inactive since 2020, the model used her platform to upload dozens of opinion pieces which clearly reflect her beliefs to this day, with inspiring quotes such as: “It is our moral obligation as citizens with a power to make a difference, to offer shelter to those in need, and it is our duty as human beings to have compassion for those whose worlds have perished in their fight for survive”.
As for Blake’s ex-girlfriends, the influencer has been linked to beauties such as Olivia Occhigrossi, Elle Danjean, and Ariel Martin. Olivia, a vivacious blonde who has modelled for various online brands, appeared in a YouTube video with Blake in early 2019, but has never publicly spoken on their romance.
The relationship between Elle and Blake was more open, with the TikTok superstar giving the dancer a sweet birthday shoutout in May 2018. The post contained heartwarming photos of the couple and read: “Elle Jordan Danjean, what an amazing person you are. Your (sic) the kindest and sweetest person I have ever met and I’m so incredibly blessed to call you my girlfriend”.
Blake and Ariel began seeing each other in late 2016, celebrating their five-month anniversary on April 2017. At the time, Ariel was a musical.ly star with much more fame than her handsome boyfriend; today, she’s a budding actress looking to branch out into other ventures.
Blake’s TikTok Stats
Practically all of Blake’s TikToks have been seen over a million times, which is an amazing feat to achieve.
Be it a dance, prank, challenge, or some behind-the-scenes footage at glossy events such as the CFDA Fashion Awards, Blake is constantly providing his followers with new content to watch.
Bryce Hall, Dixie D’Amelio’s ex-boyfriend, is one of Blake’s closest friends who regularly appears in his short videos. In February 2021, Bryce came under fire for pranking Dixie and her newest boyfriend Noah Beck by hiring strippers; however, he publicly apologized for his actions after facing backlash.
These days, Blake is also associated with TikTokers such as Noah and Josh Richards. Slowly transitioning into the world of haute couture, in September 2021 Blake and Noah modelled together at New York Fashion Week for Prabal Gurung.
The crossover between TikTok and fashion is unsurprising: stars of the platform such as Addison Rae were even invited to the 2021 MET Gala, where they mingled with designers and A-listers.
Blake’s Net Worth
Reliable sources confirm that Blake’s net worth is over $700,000, thanks largely to his modelling work and social media endorsements.
The Texan has been active on various platforms since 2016, and has reached almost a million followers on YouTube as of late 2021, meaning that he can earn up to five figures a month from ad revenue alone.
Previously, Blake also had an online merchandise store with thousands of followers on Instagram, and sold a range of products with his name or image on them. It’s unknown if he will relaunch his store, which was hugely popular in 2017.