A mum has become a TikTok superstar whilst spending time with her teenage daughter during the lockdown, all thanks to her perfect lip-syncing skills and trendy outfits.
Jenny McLoughlin, 42, has dominated the video-sharing app after her daughter encouraged her to try it out during the coronavirus lockdown.
The mum of three was helped by her daughter Milli-Jo, 17, to join the app. When Milli-Jo originally asked for help to film a video, Jenny actually thought she was talking about Tic Tac mints! However, she quickly caught on and has now become a viral sensation.
Since helping her daughter on the app, Milli-Jo has gone from having 2,000 followers to having 224,000. Amazingly, just one of their videos has racked up over 14 million views – with the help of Milli-Jo’s 19-year-old sister, Megan.
Jenny, from Liverpool, told The Sun: “When Milli-Jo asked me to try TikTok, I thought she was asking for a Tic Tac sweet.
“I’d seen her dancing into her phone and didn’t know what she was doing.
“She said she wouldn’t have asked me to be in her videos if she had another choice! But in lockdown, she couldn’t ask friends.
“She turned our living room into a TikTok ‘boot camp’ where she taught me the moves.
“It’s hard to believe we’ve gone viral, with one post getting 11 million views.”
The pageant organiser is currently in Lisbon, Portugal, with her partner, businessman Nunu Valente, 45, their six-year-old daughter Mia and Jenny’s daughters Milli-Jo and Megan, from a previous relationship.
Jenny said: “We spend half our time in Liverpool and the other half in Lisbon.
“I’m setting up a pageant system for youngsters here.
“The first week we were getting under each other’s feet.
“Milli-Jo, who is studying for her A-levels, was missing the friends who she does TikTok dances with.
“She was getting desperate to do TikTok videos.”
Initially, Jenny was reluctant to be on the camera, especially being aware it would be posted onto social media. Yet her daughter was persistent and eventually, she gave in.
She explained: “I said no. I can’t dance. But Milli-Jo refused to let it go, and after a few days of nagging, I agreed to try it.
“I didn’t realise how much training and co-ordination was needed.
“When Milli-Jo showed me the moves, I felt under pressure.
“It took me 50 tries to get it right.
“Milli-Jo didn’t give up. The next day I’d be aching but we would go again.
“We were bonding and we both wanted it to work.
“In the second week, I started to get it.”
At the time, Milli-Jo had a decent following of 2,000, but when her mum came on the posts it skyrocketed to something neither of them thought was possible.
Jenny said: “Milli-Jo thought she might get an extra 1,000 followers because of her ‘mum and me’ TikToks.
“But then we did the ‘never have I ever’ TikTok challenge, where Milli-Jo and Megan answered questions about themselves with me in shot.
“Prior to this, I thought my girls were angels!
“But suddenly I learnt they had driven without a licence, been drunk, run from the police and used fake ID.
“I was so shocked, I sent Milli-Jo to her room.
“The next morning, she came rushing out to me screaming that 400,000 people had liked the video.
“She was shouting that we’d gone viral.
“Over the space of 24 hours, the ‘likes’ climbed to five million.
“Milli-Jo’s followers went from 2,000 to 100,000 in 48 hours.
“Suddenly she was telling me how cool I was. I was bewildered.”
Since becoming so popular on social media, Milli-Jo has also roped in her sisters Megan and Mia too.
Jenny added: “I’ve started getting fan mail and messages.
“We’re getting offers to do paid collaborations with clothes brands.
“But the best thing is how it’s brought us closer. It’s a real family affair.”
Milly-Jo commented: “When I started teaching mum TikTok, I thought I’d die of embarrassment.
“I was so shocked when one of our videos went viral.
“Now, I’m proud of mum.
“She’s become a fab dancer.
“And I know she didn’t want to do it at first. She did it for me.
“I love her for that — and I guess she is actually cool.”
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