Things Hayley Noelle LeBlanc hearts, in no specific order: Takeout from Shake Shack or Chipotle, followed by little caramel chocolates. Blue-green rings and earrings. Cold-weather cuddles from her (sometimes) snuggly pups Winnie, Piper and GG. A skateboarding sesh (even though she says she isn’t very good). Horror movie marathons (her pick = Lights Out).
It wasn’t long ago that you wouldn’t have to do much sleuthing to learn about what Hayley’s loving…or what movie she watched after school…or who she FaceTimed last…or what she had for dinner.
In fact, all you’d need to do was go on YouTube at 7 p.m. every single day.
For nearly a decade, the LeBlancs’ YouTube channel Bratayley (a mashup of brat + Hayley, created in her tantrum-throwing toddler days) broadcast the daily dramas, routines, hilarious moments and occasional disagreements that made up Hayley’s childhood.
The family channel quickly became a fan favorite—and Hayley became a breakout social star. (“I’m Never Going at the Park AGAIN!”, a 2012 video in which a 3-year-old Hayley steps in a puddle and innocently demands to go home, has more than 67 million views.)
But in late 2019, the LeBlancs made the decision to stop vlogging to their 7 million subscribers, unofficially yet-officially bringing Bratayley to a close.
And it’s in that space, with the cameras off and no more pressure to document her days, that Hayley’s grown from a sassy, sarcastic elementary schooler to a funny, self-aware, quirky and independent 12-year-old. And we’re here for it.
So who exactly *is* Hayley LeBlanc? Behind the signature sleek eyeliner (and the fact that she’s likely the most well-known 12-year-old in the world), there’s an almost-teenager who is thoughtful, charismatic and so much more than a (former) YouTuber.
First, there’s her role as Harmony McAdams in Brat’s beloved dramedy series Chicken Girls. Hayley recently took over the show’s lead when her big sister (and megastar) Jules moved on to new projects (although her character, Rhyme, still pops up once in a while). Now filming its eighth season, Chicken Girls has racked up more than 220 million views on YouTube.
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