Paytas was born on May 8, 1988, in Riverside, California before moving to Illinois. She has two siblings; an older brother and a younger, maternal half-sister. At age 15, Paytas moved back to California and was enrolled in a Catholic online school program. She returned to Illinois to live with her mother at age 16, attending high school in Pecatonica, Illinois.
Trisha Paytas (/ˈpeɪtəs/; born May 8, 1988) is an American YouTuber and media personality. Her YouTube channel consists of a wide variety of content including lifestyle-oriented vlogs, music videos, and mukbangs. As of July 2022, she has accumulated roughly 5 million subscribers and 1 billion lifetime views. Paytas co-hosted the podcast Frenemies with fellow YouTuber Ethan Klein. Additionally, she has worked independently as a singer, releasing several records and singles, and appeared in television shows and films.
Paytas registered her YouTube channel in 2007. It was originally dedicated to movie director Quentin Tarantino, whom Paytas idolized, but soon after being created, Paytas began to focus on other types of videos. On the channel, Paytas primarily gives fashion, beauty, and relationship advice.
In 2010, Paytas appeared in an episode of My Strange Addiction as a self-admitted tanning addict, despite being aware of the high chances of developing skin cancer, among others. Paytas appeared in several music videos by various artists including Eminem, Amy Winehouse, and The All-American Rejects.
From 2013 to 2017, Paytas made a number of trolling videos, which she told Business Insider were a way to "dumb [her]self down" in order to get more attention and views. This involved videos claiming that dogs do not have brains, or that she was voting for the 2012 Republican candidate for President of the United States, Mitt Romney. In 2014, Paytas began posting widely-viewed mukbang sessions and eating-challenge videos. In September 2014, Paytas competed in an episode of the television game show Celebrity Name Game, along with her mother.
In 2015, the video for her song, "Fat Chicks" was featured on websites such as Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, and Business Insider. In 2016, her EP Daddy Issues appeared on the Billboard Top Heatseekers albums chart, debuting at number 25.
In 2017, Paytas became a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother 20. She left the show after 11 days of participation and proceeded to make disparaging comments about fellow participants, including accusations of drug use.
In 2019, Paytas embarked on her own headlining tour, The Heartbreak Tour, to promote her music.
In October 2019, Paytas came out as a trans man online, but denied wanting to change her pronouns. She received criticism for this due to having previously self-identified as a chicken nugget, ostensibly in a facetious manner. In a March 2021 interview, she said that when she came out as transgender in 2019, she "didn't have the vocabulary to describe it at the time". In April 2021, Paytas released a video on her main YouTube channel, in which she discussed her previous gender confusion and reaffirmed her non-binary identity. She has since updated her pronouns to she/they.
Paytas has had several public long-term relationships. She dated American YouTuber Jason Nash from 2017 to 2019. In 2020, she started dating Israeli artist Moses Hacmon. The pair got engaged that same year and married in 2021. In February 2022, Paytas announced that she was expecting her first child with Hacmon. She had previously been told by her doctors that she would not be able to conceive a child naturally. In September 2022, Paytas addressed false online rumors claiming that she had already given birth and that the baby was the reincarnation of Elizabeth II. That same month, she gave birth to a daughter, naming her Malibu Barbie. Paytas has identified with different religious beliefs throughout her life, mainly Roman Catholicism.
In September 2020, Paytas started the YouTube podcast Frenemies with fellow YouTuber Ethan Klein. The show discussed recent events in the social media world. Paytas and Klein were cohosts on Frenemies until June 2021, when Paytas left Frenemies, and the show ended.