Born on July 22, 1998, as Larri Merritt, Larray is a 24-year-old American YouTuber and social media influencer. He is part of a TikTok content creation collective, The Hype House. They are basically a group of young influencers and content creators who live in a mansion together to allow them to make videos easily.
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Known for his comedic videos, the social media personality first gained prominence on the now defunct 6-second video app, Vine. Fans love him for his high-energy and goofy personality. Aside from sharing daily vlogs, comedy videos, as well as gaming videos on YouTube, he also shares viral trends and collaborations with fellow creators on TikTok.
Larray also dipped his toes into music by releasing a number of songs. One of his most popular tracks is “Canceled”, which was released in 2020. It’s basically a diss track directed at a bunch of TikTokers and YouTubers who had been canceled on the internet. His top three songs “First Place,” “Last Place,” and “Canceled” together spent 42 weeks on Billboard’s Comedy Digital Tracks chart before its abolishment in January 2020. Before that, Larray was nominated in the Breakout Creator category at the 9th Streamy Awards in December 2019.
As much as fans enjoy the content he makes, they were curious about his personal life, as well. Their interests included some personal details such as the social media influencer’s sexual orientation.
So, is Larray gay? Let’s find out.
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On Pretending to be Gay for Clout
Sometime in 2020, Larray stirred an online buzz when he tweeted about not wanting to be gay anymore and admitting to pretending to be one just for clout.
The social media personality received a huge backlash from fans because of that tweet. Numerous Twitter users want him to get “canceled”, some even demand that he leave The Hype House. Some even told him to “get the note app ready” — pertaining to TikToker’s favorite mode of making online apologies.
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Who is He Dating?
Despite his claim that he was just using being gay as clout, Larray actually had a few same-sex relationships in the past. Most of whom he dated were also in the same industry.
Larray dated YouTuber Brady Potter, who is also part of The Hybe House, from 2019 to 2021. It is probably his most notable relationship.
They met in 2019 and started dating in April of that year. The couple had been pretty open about their relationship. They post photos together on their social media accounts and do collabs for each other’s YouTube and TikTok accounts. They also lived together.
However, sometime in 2020, there were reports about them going through a rough patch and Brady moving out of their shared apartment. The rumors about their breakup were confirmed when Larray unfollowed Brady on all their social media accounts sometime in 2021. He also confirmed the breakup on Twitter, asking fans not to blame Brady for the split up as it was a mutual decision.
Larray also tweeted “Broken,” along with a broken heart emoji. Fans were quick to assume that he was pertaining to their breakup — which he denied, saying that it was about his missing cat.
Following the breakup, Larray started to create more videos with another social media influencer, Bretman Rock. There were even some rumors romantically linking the two. However, there is no truth in those rumors, as the two were just good friends.
Larray was also linked to another influencer, James Charles, when he appeared on the latter’s YouTube channel to promote his merchandise — around the same time Brady was rumored to have moved out of their shared apartment. The rumors romantically linking Larray to Charles, however, were also untrue.
The influencer was also previously linked to another YouTuber, Issa Twaimz. There was also no truth to this, since Issa is just one of Larray’s best friends. Plus, he was dating Brady at that time.
Amidst all the rumors linking Larray to some social media influencers, he actually hadn’t dated anyone since he broke up with Brady. However, he was in several relationships before he and Brady became an item.
Larray had dated at least three people prior to his relationship with Brady Potter.
Before Larray dated Brady Potter, he had previously dated another social media star, Jacob Villegas. The two briefly dated sometime in 2017. The reason for the breakup was unknown. However, they remained friends after they broke up. They even appear as guests on each other’s YouTube channels, such as the time Villegas was featured on Larray’s channel in the video titled “turning my ex-boyfriend into a Roblox.”
Before Jacob Villegas, Larray also briefly dated his best friend, James Butler, early in 2017. There is no information about their romance save for the videos on Butler’s channel titled “MEET MY BOYFRIEND 😍” and “PROPOSING TO MY BOYFRIEND AT 18!! (ft. LARRAYOX)”.
Aside from his relationships with the men mentioned above, Larry revealed that he had a girlfriend in the past before he came out. He described the relationship as something that “wasn’t a very good experience” for him.
There was no report of whether the social media influencer was dating anyone at the moment. Brady Potter was his most recent relationship. That’s based on what the public knew, at least.
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Is Larray Gay?
Yes, Larray is openly gay. His relationships with people of the same sex were open to the public. His most recent relationship with Brady Potter lasted for over two years and the two even live in the same apartment together. Yes, he shared about having a girlfriend before, but he said that “it wasn’t a very good experience” for him, so it was unlikely that he was bisexual.
The reason behind his previous tweets about being “no longer a gay” and “pretending to be gay for clout” was unknown, but one thing’s for sure — they were not serious. They could be just jokes or they could be sarcastic since they were posted around the time he and Brady broke up. It’s petty to base his sexuality on a couple of tweets when he had a whole dating history that proves otherwise.