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Trisha Paytas
Born (1988-05-08) May 8, 1988 (age 35)
  • singer
  • tv and internet personality
Years active2006–present
(m. 2021)
RelativesHila Klein (sister-in-law)
Ethan Klein (brother-in-law)
YouTube information
  • Vlog
  • podcast
  • music
  • mukbang
Subscribers5 million[1]
Total views922 million[1]
Associated actsEthan Klein
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers2014

Last updated: January 8, 2023

Trisha Paytas (/ˈptəs/;[2] born May 8, 1988) is an American YouTuber and singer. Her[a] YouTube channel consists of a wide variety of content including lifestyle-oriented vlogs, music videos, and mukbangs. As of July 2022, she has accumulated roughly 5 million subscribers and 1 billion lifetime views. Paytas co-hosted Frenemies with fellow YouTuber Ethan Klein. Additionally, she has worked independently as a singer, releasing several records and singles, and appeared in television shows and films.

Early life

Paytas was born on May 8, 1988,[3] in Riverside, California before moving to Illinois. She has two siblings; an older brother and a younger, maternal half-sister. At 15, Paytas moved from Illinois back to California and was enrolled in a Catholic online school program. She returned to Illinois to live with her mother at age 16, attending high school in Pecatonica, Illinois.[4]


2006–2012: Beginnings on YouTube

After moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting, Paytas began doing professional lingerie modeling and worked as a stripper and an escort to support herself.[5] She was featured on various television shows, attempting and failing to break the fastest-talker record on Guinness World Records Unleashed, and appearing on The Greg Behrendt Show, The Ellen Show,[6] and Who Wants to Be a Superhero?.[7]

Paytas registered her YouTube channel in 2007.[8] It was originally dedicated to movie director Quentin Tarantino, whom Paytas idolized, but soon after being created, Paytas began to focus on other types of videos. On the channel, Paytas primarily gives fashion, beauty, and relationship advice.[5]

In 2010, Paytas appeared in an episode of My Strange Addiction as a self-admitted tanning addict, despite being aware of the high chances of developing skin cancer,[9] among others. Paytas appeared in several music videos by various artists including Eminem, Amy Winehouse, and The All-American Rejects.[10][11]

2013–2017: Online success and music releases

From 2013 to 2017, Paytas made a number of trolling videos, which she told Business Insider were a way to "dumb myself down" in order to get more attention and views. This involved videos claiming that dogs do not have brains, or that she was voting for the 2012 Republican candidate for President of the United States, Mitt Romney.[12][13] In 2014, Paytas began posting widely-viewed mukbang sessions and eating-challenge videos.[5] In September 2014, Paytas competed in an episode of the television game show Celebrity Name Game, along with her mother.[14]

In 2015, the video for her song, "Fat Chicks" was featured on websites such as Cosmopolitan,[15] The Huffington Post,[16] and Business Insider.[12] In 2016, her EP Daddy Issues appeared on the Billboard Top Heatseekers albums chart, debuting at number 25.[17]

In 2017, Paytas became a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother 20.[18] She left the show after 11 days of participation[19][20] and proceeded to make disparaging comments about fellow participants, including accusations of drug use.[21]

2018–present: Concert tour and Frenemies

In 2019, Paytas embarked on her own headlining tour, The Heartbreak Tour, to promote her music.[22]

In September 2020, Paytas started the YouTube podcast Frenemies with fellow YouTuber Ethan Klein.[23] The show discussed recent events in the social media world. Paytas and Klein were cohosts on Frenemies until June 2021, when Paytas left Frenemies, and the show ended.[24][25][26]

As of 2021, Paytas has expanded her social media presence to the subscription website OnlyFans.[27]

Personal life

Paytas has had several public long-term relationships. She dated American YouTuber Jason Nash from 2017 to 2019.[28] In 2020, she started dating Israeli artist Moses Hacmon. The pair got engaged that same year[29] and married in 2021.[30] In February 2022, Paytas announced that she was expecting her first child with Hacmon. She had previously been told by her doctors that she would not be able to conceive a child naturally.[31] In September 2022, Paytas addressed false online rumors claiming that she had already given birth and that the baby was the reincarnation of Elizabeth II.[32] That same month, she gave birth to a daughter, naming her Malibu Barbie.[33] Paytas has identified with different religious beliefs throughout her life, mainly Roman Catholicism.[34]

Paytas has suffered from mental health problems, having been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.[35] In an interview on the H3 Podcast, Paytas stated she used to have substance abuse problems and was once hospitalized after a methamphetamine overdose.[28][36] Paytas has stated that her main addiction was to prescription pills.[34][37]

In October 2019, Paytas came out as a trans man online, but denied wanting to change her pronouns. She received criticism for this due to having previously self-identified as a chicken nugget, ostensibly in a facetious manner.[38] In a March 2021 interview, she said that when she came out as transgender in 2019, she "didn't have the vocabulary to describe it at the time."[39] In April 2021, Paytas released a video on her main YouTube channel, in which she discussed her previous gender confusion and reaffirmed her non-binary identity.[40][8] She has since updated her pronouns to she/they.[41]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Yes Man Convention Goer Uncredited
2010 Faster Stripper Uncredited
2011 To Get Her Fantasy Girl
Geezas Bored Blonde
2012 Wanderlust Davidson's Wife Uncredited
2013 Lola's Love Shack Deluxe
Water & Power Stripper
Beverly Hills Cop Buxom Blonde #2


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Greg Behrendt Show Herself; Correspondent 13 episodes
2007 The Next Best Thing Herself Contestant
Who Wants to Be a Superhero Herself; Ms. Limelight Contestant; 7th Place, 4 episodes
2008 The Price Is Right Herself Contestant
2010 My Strange Addiction Herself Pilot
Supreme Court of Comedy Herself Episode: "Kevin Nealon vs. Jamie Kennedy"
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Eric's Date Episode: "Lucky"
The Ultimate Man Tracy 3 episodes
2011 Ellen Herself; Guest Season 8, Episode 99
Jackass Parody: Inception Steve-O's Fantasy Girl Critics Choice Awards Special
The Car Show Modified Girl Episode: "Blast from the Past and Look Into the Future"
Conan Football Player Episode: "Return to Devil's Condo"
Modern Family Plastic Surgery Girl Episode: "Go Bullfrogs!"
Who Wants to Date a Comedian? Herself Contestant; Episode: "Greg Wilson"
Judge Alex Herself; Defendant Episode: "Metz vs Paytas"
The Millionaire Matchmaker Herself Contestant; Episode: "The Young and the Loveless"
2012 1000 Ways to Die Herself; Former Hooters Waitress Episode: "Die-Abestic"
America's Got Talent Herself Contestant; Season 7, Episode 10
Tosh.0 Herself Cameo; Episode: "Hurl-a-Whirl (Regurgitation)"
2013 Dr. Phil Herself; Guest Season 11, Episode 84
Nathan for You Herself Season 1, Episode 3
Walk of Shame Sally Episode: "When Harry Held Sally"
Family Tree Extreme Character Episode: "The Box"
Double Divas Herself Episode: "Rhythm & Boobs"
Guinness World Records Gone Wild Herself Contestant; Speed Reader
Good Morning America Herself; Commentator November 7, 2013
Today Herself; Whether Girl November 7, 2013
2014 Ridiculousness Herself Cameo; Season 4, Episode 6
Celebrity Name Game Herself Contestant; Season 1, Episode 2
2016 To Tell the Truth Herself Contestant
2017 Celebrity Big Brother UK 20 Herself; Housemate 13th Place (11 Episodes)
2018 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Cameo; Episode: "Lights Out!"
Access Hollywood Herself; Guest February 7, 2018
2019 The Doctors Herself; Guest Season 12, Episode 29

Music videos

Year Song Title Artist Role
2007 "Tears Dry on Their Own" Amy Winehouse Street Walker
2009 "We Made You" Eminem Jessica Simpson
2011 "Sleepless in Silverlake" Les Savy Fav Marilyn Monroe
2012 "Beekeeper's Daughter" The All-American Rejects Pretty Blonde


  • Fat Chicks (2015)
  • Superficial Bitch (2015)
  • Daddy Issues (2016)
  • Showtime (2016)
  • Warrior (2016)
  • Chicken Fingers and Lipo (2017)
  • Chicken Parm and Heartbreak (2018)
  • Songs From My Kitchen Floor (2019)
  • Rebirth (2019)

Published works

  • Paytas, Trisha. The History of My Insanity CreateSpace, 2013.
  • Paytas, Trisha. Tease CreateSpace, 2014.
  • Paytas, Trisha. Curvy and Loving it CreateSpace, 2014.
  • Paytas, Trisha. Trisha's 31 Nights of Fright CreateSpace, 2014.
  • Paytas, Trisha. 101 Poems About My Ex-Boyfriend Independent, 2019.


  1. ^ Paytas uses both she/her and they/them pronouns. This article uses she/her pronouns for consistency.


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