Beauty YouTuber Jaclyn Hill recently took to Instagram to address the firestorm of accusations from the Internet that she’s holding her adopted cat “hostage.”
In Hill’s latest Instagram post on Jan. 23, Hill shows that her cat, which she named Marty, does not have an identifying microchip — despite accusations from followers that it was another Instagram user’s missing cat.
“A lot of people on the internet are saying horrible things,” Hill captioned the clip. “Pretending to hold this cat hostage, refusing to return it to its owner, etc. … I would never do such a thing.”
It all started on Jan. 13, when Hill shared with her 8 million followers that she had adopted a kitten on her Instagram story. The story has since expired, but screenshots were shared on the r/BeautyGuruChatter subreddit in which Hill answered some of the questions she received about the cat — mainly why she couldn’t let the cat into her home.
“I’m madly allergic to cats,” Hill replied. “The dogs will literally kill him… I don’t want him clawing at my furniture.”
The Reddit user who shared the screenshots commented that Hill accepted the cat and was “not chipped.” According to another user’s comment, it was unclear whether Hill had officially adopted the cat from a shelter or found a stray.
“He didn’t say anything else about finding the owner, but he said, ‘I can’t believe it’s my cat!’ said things like that,” the user added. “Looks like he decided to keep it.”
“I thought he said he was going to check if he had a chip,” chimed in another commenter, “but he didn’t actually confirm if he had a chip.”
A week later, on January 20, Hill was still posting about the cat. Multiple posts on several subreddits shared a screenshot of an Instagram comment from an unverified account called @homer_and_savannah, telling Hill, “you found my cat, check your dm.” Instagram account is private.
Social network users immediately came to the conclusion that Hill did not check the cat for a microchip and really took someone’s pet without wanting it. Numerous comments on Hill’s recent Instagram posts that didn’t feature Marty begged Hill to address the situation.
“Looks like someone is trying to contact you about the cat,” Hill wrote in a Jan. 19 post that garnered 79 likes. “They have the rightful possession and have sent you the evidence. Please take a look at it. I’m sure you’d feel bad if someone was one of your dogs.”
On January 23, Hill decided to address the rumors on her Instagram story. Screenshots of the expired story were shared on Twitter by a gossipy YouTuber @richlux713.
“I have hundreds, maybe thousands, of people messaging me saying I ‘stolen’ someone’s cat,” Hill wrote. “Someone on the internet claimed it was his cat. She said she lost the cat 4 months ago and it was microchipped. “Jordan and I already knew he didn’t have the chips.”
The person Hill referred to was not identified as @homer_and_savannah.
“We took it [Marty] I went to a vet and made a note to show the internet proof so people could leave me alone,” she said.
The video, which shows a woman wearing a Veterinary Emergency Group T-shirt scanning a cat to see if she can find a chip, has had more than 58,000 views.
For the most part, the response on the r/BeautyGuruChatter subreddit was probably @homer_and_savannah’s honest mistake.
“It’s always a shot in the dark when it comes to sable cats,” one Redditor wrote. “They are all very similar and people can easily get confused. … Sometimes you just want it to be your pet.”
For now, it appears Hill has moved on after proving her innocence on Instagram. On January 24, she posted an update about her cat lounging on her furniture.
“He just likes to sleep on the recovery equipment furniture,” Hill wrote. “[And] enjoys its purified alkaline water and wild-caught Alaskan salmon.
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