5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tomi Lahren, America’s Sometimes-Lonely Hot Take Queen
There’s an old saying that almost every single rapper has quoted at least once: “It’s lonely at the top but the view is nice.” Apparently that applies to Internet hot take queen Tomi Lahren just like it applies to anyone else with rabid success in their chosen field. Heavy is the head that wears the hot take crown.
America’s social media hot take queen, Lahren has thrived at timely responses to controversy, earning her hundreds of millions of views over the election cycle and over three million Facebook fans. The very definition of a pundit, she is plenty loved in many corners of the conservative Internet and plenty despised in others.
The best thing I’ve ever read about Lahren is a candid personal profile by Naomi Martin, a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. Seriously, stop whatever you’re doing and go read it — It gives some amazing insight into the background of the South Dakota-born, UNLV-educated Internet celebrity.
Here are some of the most revealing tidbits, including what might be in Lahren’s future after the election. I’ll be straight — As awesome as it is to have millions of Facebook Likes for your bank account, I’m not sure anyone really is going to wish they were Tomi Lahren after reading it.
1. Her personal life is “not in such a great place right now,” as she has mentioned in a video:
Lahren spends most of her free time at home, with her Chihuahua mix, Kota, whom she adopted from a Dallas shelter and named for her home state.
“Yeah, I have millions of views, thousands of followers, likes and retweets, but guess what: I still get lonely,” she says in an August video. “My professional life is taking off, thanks to all of you. I am so blessed. My personal life? Eh, not in such a great place right now.”
2. Her best friend is her co-worker and making friends in Dallas — home of the $30,000-a-year millionaire — isn’t the easiest place for the 24-year-old to make buddies:
Lahren’s best friend in Dallas is her producer, Jessica Grose, who used to work for TMZ and Oprah. They like to go sit on Uptown patios like The Rustic and have a few beers and some chips and queso. Lahren’s had trouble making friends in Dallas, though, because most young adults seem to be living off their parents’ money, and are obsessed with flashy cars and clothes. She says she doesn’t care about fancy things, though she does drive a luxury car: a pearl-white Cadillac ATS. The Blaze reportedly gives her a $40,000 allowance for clothing, but she says she still shops at less-expensive stores.