The members of Ireland’s “first TikTok house” have claimed they were “all tested” for Covid-19 before they moved in.
Earlier this week, a number of social media stars moved into a joint home in South Dublin, which has been dubbed ‘The G.O.A.T House’.
Following in the footsteps of content creator houses in the US, including the Hype House and Sway House – nine Irish TikTok stars have teamed up to form their own content creation hub.
The members include Shauna Davitt, Andrea Camila, Lewis Kelly, Thomas Arnold, Jake Brown, Ryan Mar, Lauren Whelan, Leila Ecker, and Nia Gallagher.
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Radio DJ Marty Guilfoyle was previously announced as a member of the house, but he has since left the group after receiving backlash online.
Over the past few days, The G.O.A.T House has caused a massive stir on social media, as many have questioned whether the members went against current restrictions by moving into the house (which they plan to stay in for two months).
According to current guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, social visits to homes, both indoors and outdoors, should be limited to a maximum of 6 visitors from no more than 3 households.
These guidelines were implemented to avoid large gatherings of people, in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Ireland.
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However, the members have since insisted that they’re being “completely safe” – as they told followers they were “all tested” for Covid-19 before moving into the house.
They made the revelation during an Instagram Q&A, after they received a comment which said: “This idea is so out of touch in the middle of a pandemic. Massive loss of respect.”
G.O.A.T house member Lauren Whelan then replied: “We were all tested before we moved in, and we’re living together, we’re being completely safe :).”
In another post, Lauren also responded to the backlash they’ve received on social media this week.
When asked if they’re bothered by the criticism, Lauren said: “Obviously some of it will, but the Irish are so far behind in terms of social media, and of course we were gonna get some hate, but it doesn’t bother us too much.”
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