Actress Bella Thorne makes US$2m from OnlyFans in under a week

American actress Bella Thorne’s OnlyFans account was so popular that it caused the site to crash.
American actress Bella Thorne’s OnlyFans account was so popular that it caused the site to crash. PHOTO: BELLATHORNE/ INSTAGRAM PHOTO

American actress Bella Thorne has reportedly earned more than US$2 million (S$2.74 million) since she started her account on London-based content subscription platform OnlyFans a week ago, USA Today reported.

The platform was launched in 2016 as a hub for influencers and celebrities to charge a subscription fee for photos and videos.

Thorne, 22, made a staggering US$1 million in the first 24 hours alone, making her the first user to ever make that much money on their first day on the platform, according to entertainment news outlet Page Six.

Her account was so popular that it caused the site to crash. Thorne is known for her roles in films such as romantic drama Midnight Sun (2018) and crime thriller Infamous (2020).

OnlyFans has lately been a topic of much interest. The platform was referenced in singer Beyonce and rapper Megan Thee Stallion's empowering anthem Savage, and counts celebrities including rapper Cardi B, model Blac Chyna and YouTuber Tana Mongeau as users.

Like Instagram, YouTube and Facebook, OnlyFans is a social networking service. But unlike those platforms, OnlyFans allows NSFW (not safe for work) content, including nudity and other explicit material.

Members pay a monthly fee to access content from creators, who set their own monthly subscription price. Cardi, for instance, charges fans US$4.99, while Thorne offers exclusive content for US$20.

Besides celebrities, OnlyFans features other content creators like fitness experts and chefs.

According to Paper Magazine, Thorne had said on the platform: "OnlyFans is the first platform where I can fully control my image; without censorship, without judgment and without being bullied online for being me."

She will be using her earnings from the platform for her production company and charity, she added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2020, with the headline 'Actress Bella Thorne makes US$2m from OnlyFans in under a week'. Print Edition | Subscribe