Followed by more than 1.4 million people on Vine, 15-year-old Nash Grier said his fame “blew up” after an Observer story ran Monday, and he flew to New York City Tuesday morning.
“It’s all one big family, so whenever we travel, we all try and meet up because collaborations boost up your follower count so much,” Nash wrote in a text to the Observer.
He and Skylynn plan to tape a segment for “Inside Edition” Wednesday evening, his parents said.
Nash’s story got a good dose of international attention Monday when the U.K.’s Daily Mail wrote about the Observer story.
He’s expressed his excitement on social media: “It’s crazy CRAZY what is happening in my life #glorytogod,” he tweeted at about midnight Monday.
Nash, a sophomore at Davidson Day, gained online fame with his Vine videos, which are six-second, looping videos on an app powered by Twitter.
The app allows users to post videos, follow other users, like and forward videos and comment on them. There are more than 40 million Vine users.
In just a day, Nash has jumped three spots to a ranking of No. 23 for most followers, according to rankzoo.com. He’s listed with more than 1.45 million followers.
He’s gaining on No. 22 Harry Styles, the young British singer from pop band One Direction, who has 1.5 million followers.
Nash was born in the Big Apple, but he hasn’t been there since.
“I’m still kind of stunned by how much stuff is going on at one time,” he said while he was in a taxicab Tuesday evening. “I feel like I could sit down and watch everything go by for an entire day.”
He flew up with his sister and his mother, Elizabeth Grier-Floyd.
Nash’s father, Chad Grier, said the media firestorm has been a whirlwind of calls from New York City area codes.
“Holy cow, it’s just crazy,” said the Davidson Day football coach.
He said a representative from the Today show called him Tuesday morning and was chagrined to find that Good Morning America, which airs at 7 a.m. on WSOC-TV, beat her to it. (And apparently, Al Roker is a Vine fan.)
Because Nash signed exclusivity for the day with Good Morning America, he’ll have to do the Today show on another day, Grier said.
He said the family is still sorting out options for signing deals with a manager.
And the boy-craze over Nash doesn’t seem to by dying down: At a lacrosse tournament in Rock Hill this weekend, his dad said a group of 20 girls caught sight of him and started “squealing and screaming.”
“It was like when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show,” Grier said. “What in the world is happening? But he kept it in stride and kept walking. He’s a good kid, and he’s enjoying this.”
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