Sometimes “flexing” — the art of flaunting one’s material possessions via social media for the sake of increased clout and respect — goes awry, and Todrick Hall found that out the hard way. Last February, the veteran YouTuber posted a video entitled “Bought my DREAM Home!!! FULL TOUR.” Fans were awed by the glassy mansion, a contemporary Sherman Oaks structure that stands several stories tall and boasts a rooftop deck, infinity-edged pool and 8,000 square feet of living space.
There was only one little problem — Hall didn’t actually own the house. Instead, he was renting it (with an option to buy) from a man named Avi Lavian. That fact became public knowledge earlier this year, when Lavian sued him for two months’ unpaid rent on the property, which was leased out for a hefty $30,000 per month. Hall’s fans and other detractors quickly turned on him, leaving hundreds of snarky comments on that now-infamous house tour video.
But Hall eventually got the last laugh, or at least the laugh for now. Records reveal that past-due rent situation must’ve been cleared up, because Hall has finally bought that same mansion for $6.1 million, a purchase price backed up by $4.8 million in loans. The property had been listed for sale last year at just over $5.9 million, so it doesn’t appear Hall was concerned with getting a discount on the place.
Sequestered behind black driveway gates, the glitzy house packs in five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The double-height foyer includes a flashy “floating” staircase, and floor-to-ceiling windows and pocket doors bathe the interiors in natural light. A state-of-the-art kitchen boasts imported Italian cabinetry and marble countertops, while the formal dining room is serviced by a convenient wet bar. Also on the premises are a temperature-controlled wine storage room, an upstairs master suite with its own bar and private balcony, and grand outdoor entertaining spaces that include covered loggias and a raised deck for sunbathing.
Hall, 37, began creating on YouTube way back in 2006, when the platform was still in its infancy. In 2010, the native Texan was eliminated from “American Idol” after reaching the ninth season semifinals; since then, he’s become a full-time YouTuber, racking up 3.6 million subscribers and nearly 900 million lifetime video views.
Beyond his social media fame, Hall has also performed on Broadway, released several albums, become a choreographer for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and embarked on his own global music tour. He finished as runner-up in the American version of “Celebrity Big Brother 3,” though his gameplay and televised comments were heavily criticized by fellow participants and viewers alike.