Dixie D’Amelio said she and Charli didn’t have a relationship ‘at all’ before high school because of a ‘competition about mental health’

Dixie & Charli D'Amelio
Dixie D’Amelio spoke about her relationship with her sister Charli. Steven Ferdman/Getty Images
  • Dixie D’Amelio appeared on the most recent episode of “The Madhappy Podcast.”
  • She said she and her sister Charli had no relationship before they were in high school.
  • Now, she says that she and Charli regret not being friends during that period of their lives.
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In a recent appearance on “The Madhappy Podcast,” influencer Dixie D’Amelio spoke about having a strained relationship with her younger sister Charli before they were in high school, saying that it was due to their separate struggles with mental health.

Dixie, who is 19 years old, got her start on TikTok and has since expanded her career into music. On TikTok, she currently has over 52 million followers, and her sister Charli is TikTok’s most-followed account with over 118 million. The sisters, along with their parents Mark and Heidi, will star in a Hulu reality television series set to premiere this summer.

Speaking to Mason Spector and Peiman Raf, two of the founders of optimism-focused lifestyle brand Madhappy, on the June 24 episode of the podcast, Dixie opened up about her mental health, deciding to join TikTok, and her relationship with her sister Charli. She said that before the pair switched high schools, and later joined TikTok, she and Charli didn’t have a relationship “at all.”

“Charli and I were best friends right at the time that this was starting,” Dixie said, referring to the pair’s journey on TikTok. “We used to not have a relationship at all. We wouldn’t talk, nothing. We would just see each other around the house sometimes, but we could go weeks without having a conversation.”

According to Dixie, the tension in the sisters’ relationship stemmed from a “competition of mental health” that occurred when Charli was in middle school and Dixie was in high school.

“We were both really struggling with mental health and just, friendships and not having anybody,” Dixie said. “We were both going through the same exact thing, but I think it was the constant, ‘you don’t know what you’re talking about, you don’t have it like I do.'”

However, she said that when she and Charli were going into high school, they ended up at the same school, giving them an opportunity to “start fresh” and support each other.

“We never even thought to go to each other. Now we laugh at it and say, ‘Oh my god, I would have needed you so bad during this, I wish we were friends here because we could have talked and figured this out,'” Dixie said.

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