Rid yourself of your rationality and step into the all-herbal global of Freelee the Banana Girl, an Australian YouTuber and blogger who’s presently embroiled in some grade-A niche drama. In 2014, she won infamy inside the lifestyle blogger scene while she promoted her fifty-one-bananas-a-day weight-reduction plan. Because of this, she has pivoted into a nude vegan blogger who lives in a South American jungle — or so she says. In current weeks, some of her followers have accused her of no longer being so off-the-grid despite everything, with one commenter going as far as to make the outlandish declare that she’s dwelling in a mansion with a non-public photographer — costs that Freelee, who keeps she has “been dwelling in a tent underneath a shed for plenty months, via monsoonal rains and gale pressure winds,” strongly denies.
Who is Freelee the Banana Girl?
Freelee is a famous raw vegan YouTuber and blogger who has amassed more than 425,000 followers between her two Instagram money owed, @freelee_official and @freeleethebananagirl, and almost 785,000 followers on her YouTube channel. Originally from Queensland, Australia, the 37-year-old influencer (whose actual name is Leanne Ratcliffe) lives an “off-grid” lifestyle in the South American jungle with her companion.
Wait, first, why does she name herself that?
She follows a frugivorous weight-reduction plan, which means she usually most effectively eats culmination. Most of her daily food consumption comes from “mono food,” which includes an unmarried form of fruit, complete pineapples, or five mangoes. After 4 p.m., she ditches her raw food plan and occasionally indulges in a mono meal; for example, she ate nearly 8 pounds of cooked potatoes for dinner. However, she sometimes will select a 3rd meal of fruit to increase her daily calorie intake to anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 daily.
Also, she freaking loves bananas — a lot that on occasion, she reputedly eats up to twenty at a time and as soon as ate fifty-one in a day.
So, what’s the massive controversy surrounding her?
It all started in February 2018, when Freelee left the “concrete jungle” for “the jungle” and moved to a cabin in a South American jungle with her partner. There, she feels “freer than ever.”
“I spend maximum of my day nude; freed from restrictive apparel,” she wrote on Facebook in February. “I ceremonial dinner mostly on natural culmination and vegetables picked from the land. I shower in monsoonal rains and drink from pristine creeks. I gave up an unhealthy relationship and determined peace. I haven’t shaved my frame hair, dyed my hair, or worn make-up in over six months.”
But in the past few weeks, her followers have grown suspicious of her so-called “grid-loose” lifestyle, accusing her of everything from secretly dwelling in a mansion to being a fraud for using a telephone and PC. In overdue June, she addressed the allegations on Instagram.
“One commenter stated I turned into lying and residing in a mansion out here and feature a photographer who follows me around taking all my pix,” she wrote. “Not pretty hunny. I’ve been living in a tent beneath a shed for months through monsoonal rains and gale-force winds.”
In the equal submission, she addressed the person who wondered about her use of electronics within the jungle, writing: “Yes, I do have a clever smartphone (however no reception), laptop and net made possible thru a satellite connection. Necessary gear of conversation and income. I can share what I see as an empowering, urgent message with you. At this level, I can’t send you that message telepathically.”
She’ll have you ever know, per her Instagram, that her lifestyle has been “REALLY tough at times.”
Has there been drama around her before?
Ohhhhhhhh sure. In 2016, Elizabeth Ribar wrote an essay on XOJane accusing Freelee of bullying one of her “preferred” YouTubers, Pilates trainer Cassey Ho of Blogilates and POP Pilates. As a try to show that the Banana Girl is rotten at her center, Ribar added up the case of well-known Australian health guru Kayla Itsines, who sued Freelee and her companion lower back in 2015 for defamation after they made some disparaging comments on their channels, insinuating that Itsines’s The Bikini Body Guide starves humans and that Itsines’s boyfriend “pimps” her out and uses steroids.
It’s okay; she’s simply trying to co-create a “new global” with us.