Khabane Lame, 22, has become the most followed TikTok star in the world with over 142 million fans


Senegalese ex-factory worker, 22, who started making TikToks mocking life hacks during lockdown after being laid off overtakes US star Charli D’Amelio as the most-followed person in the world

  • Khabane Lame, 22, has become the most followed TikTok star in the world
  • He surpassed American Charli D’Amelio who previously held the top spot
  • He joined the platform in March 2020 and his platform quickly grew 
  • The Senegalese-born comedian produces funny dialogue-free parody clips

A Senegalese-born comedian has officially become the most followed TikTok star in the world. 

Khabane Lame, 22, who posts under the name @khaby.lame, surpassed American Charli D’Amelio who held the top spot until today.

The 18-year-old dancer has 142.2 million followers, while Khaby, who lives in Italy,  jumped to 142.5 million overnight after months of enduring a tight follower battle.

Khabane Lame, 22, has officially become the most followed TikTok star in the world with over 142.5 million fans on the platform

Khabane Lame, 22, has officially become the most followed TikTok star in the world with over 142.5 million fans on the platform 

Khaby joined the platform in March 2020 when the app gained popularity during the pandemic and his followers quickly grew thanks to his hilarious videos

Khaby joined the platform in March 2020 when the app gained popularity during the pandemic and his followers quickly grew thanks to his hilarious videos

Khaby joined the platform in March 2020 when the app gained popularity during the pandemic and his followers quickly grew thanks to his hilarious videos. 

After joining the platform in 2019, Charli had become the most followed account with her viral dance routines and by 2020 she had over 100 million fans. 

At the time she took to the platform to say that the achievement was ‘like a dream’.

In a video she added: ‘I can’t believe there’s 100 million supporters following me right now. That is insane, oh my goodness.

Khaby surpassed American dancer Charli D'Amelio, 18, who held the top spot until today with 142.1 million followers

Khaby surpassed American dancer Charli D’Amelio, 18, who held the top spot until today with 142.1 million followers

At the time she took to the platform to say that the achievement was 'like a dream' in a short video

At the time she took to the platform to say that the achievement was ‘like a dream’ in a short video  

‘Y’all can’t grasp that this is real, I still feel like it’s a dream, kind of waiting to wake up. Very insane. Oh my goodness, thank you!’

In the caption she wrote: ”A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED ME REACH 100 MILLION SUPPORTERS!!! AND ANOTHER HUGE THANK YOU TO @tiktok I LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!’ 

The social media platform congratulated her on the news and said it was ‘so proud’ of her achievements. 

In a statement TikTok said: ‘In less than 18 months, Charli has grown into one of the most recognized and beloved TikTok creators in the world.

‘While we’re extremely proud of Charli and all that she has accomplished since she shared her first TikTok video in May 2019.’

The social media platform congratulated Charli on her 100 million followers and said it was 'so proud' of her achievements

The social media platform congratulated Charli on her 100 million followers and said it was ‘so proud’ of her achievements

TikTok also announced it would be donating $100,000 in Charli’s name to American Dance Movement, an organisation aimed at increasing access to dance education in the US.   

However, despite her popularity, Khaby – who produces dialogue-free parody clips – was soon hot on her heels.

In March 2020, during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Khabane lost his job and moved back in with his parents. 

Capitalising on the momentum of TikTok at the time he set up his account and quickly climbed his way to the top of the platform.

Khabane joined TikTok in March 2020 and his platform quickly grew thanks to his hilarious parody videos (pictured at Cannes Film festival in 2022)

Khabane joined TikTok in March 2020 and his platform quickly grew thanks to his hilarious parody videos (pictured at Cannes Film festival in 2022)

Speaking to Forbes the star said: ‘The pandemic had just started, and I was bored with a lot of time on my hands so I started making videos on TikTok.’ 

His comedy video’s gained traction after he started mocking other content creators by exaggerating their actions and giving them a wide-eyed stare. 

His massive fan base started a champaign to get him to the top spot by using the hashtag #KhabyToNumberOne.

Commenting on his latest video his fans rushed to congratulate him on his success. 

With one person writing: ‘THE KING IS NUMBER 1 ON TIKTOK’ 

While another fan wrote: ‘CONGRATS FOR THE 142,0 MILLION FOLLOWERS WOW I AM PROUD OF UUU.’

Exciting day! Commenting on his latest video his fans rushed to congratulate him on his success

Exciting day! Commenting on his latest video his fans rushed to congratulate him on his success

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