In today’s episode I am speaking to Caroline Calloway.
Caroline is an American instagram personality and blogger. Having been savvy enough to see the opportunity instagram presented much before the rest of us, she began building an audience all the way in 2012, finding that if she presented herself with a certain type of lifestyle of travel, adventure, fashion and art, her following would only continue to grow.
Upon gaining a place at Cambridge University to study History of Art in 2013, her insta-fame rose vastly, as she blogged devotedly about her student-hood in one of the world's most notorious universities, her captions containing depictions of the Cambridge campus and confessional accounts about her romantic life.
Her posts turned - as she’d hoped they would - into fulfilling her dream of being a writer, and she gained an extremely impressive book deal with American publishers, Flatiron Books, where she was to write a memoir entitled ‘And We Were Like’. The book was supposed to be similar to her Instagram posts: A memoir about her life at Cambridge and the relationships she had with different men. However, the memoir was never to be completed, as not only was Caroline battling with a drug addiction to Adderall, but she had also fallen out of love with her memoirs protagonist, telling Man Repeller in 2018, ‘"I promised a memoir where the only thing that happened to me were boyfriends and where the climax of my entire life experience to date was boy-related. It wasn't long before I realised the boy-obsessed version of myself I planned to depict as my memoir's protagonist was not one I could stand behind."
I first came to know Caroline upon reading her once-upon-a-time best friend, Natalie Beach’s’ ‘tell-it-all’ article entitled, ‘I Was Caroline Calloway: Seven years after I met the infamous Instagram star, I’m ready to tell my side of the story’. Upon reading this, I felt drawn to better understand who Caroline was. Within seconds I found an article which had been published just 17 days later on September 27th, 2019, by The Atlantic, where Caitlin Flanagan writes about Caroline’s difficult and strained relationship she’d had with her father growing up, who’d been found, tragically, dead in his home, just two days after the publication of Beach’s article. Caroline wrote a heart wrenching post which read ‘Today I found out that my Dad died by suicide. It was a probable suicide before, but now we’re sure.’
We cover a LOT. From daddy issues (obvs), to suicide, to social media, to ex-best friends, to that article in The Cut, to that article in The Atlantic, to mental health, to childhood trauma, to growing up, to other dads, to self-awareness, to podcasts that you’ve never heard of but are still being interviewed on anyway.
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Music | by Julietta
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Caroline’s website: www.iamcarolinecalloway.com
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