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Teen idols: the truth about being a TikTok star

Fame and fortune beckon for those with millions of followers on the 'lip-synch' app. But it can go hand in hand with harassment and abuse. Tanya Sweeney meets the influencers

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The GOAT house stars

The GOAT house stars

Leila Ecker

Leila Ecker

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Lewis Kelly and Andrea Camila

Jacob Donegan

Jacob Donegan

Enjoying life: Miriam Mullins

Enjoying life: Miriam Mullins

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The GOAT house stars

A generation or two ago, teenagers used to camp for hours on end outside the homes of boybanders and pop princesses.

But we are living in very different times. Nowadays, youngsters are more likely to idolise - and therefore, obsess over - the country's biggest TikTok stars.

TikTok is often referred to as the 'lip synching' app where users share videos of themselves performing songs, but dismiss this as a glorified karaoke experience at your peril.