The mystery of what makes someone go viral and become internet famous is something future anthropologists will likely ponder for years. And perhaps their number one case study will be that of Danielle Bregoli, the now infamous “Cash Me Ousside” girl. The teen’s appearance on Dr. Phil in late 2016 was at turns hilarious, cringe-worthy and actually rather sad, and the internet went absolutely bananas over it.
But what’s Danielle really like when she’s not playing the tough-talking teen on TV? Well, these 20 facts about one of 2017’s most beloved – and bizarre – viral sensations should clue you in.
20. Her dad is actually on the side of the law
Considering how many times Danielle has had run-ins with the police, it’s rather ironic that her own father is a man of the law. Ira Peskowitz is in fact a sheriff’s deputy for Palm Beach County in Florida. However, due to her parents’ stormy custody battle, Danielle rarely sees him.
19. She helped her mom cope through her chemo
At one point, Danielle was actually her mother’s rock. It’s hard to believe, considering the way they now physically and verbally abuse each other. But when Danielle was six, her mom, Barbara Ann, developed cancer, and her daughter was her support during that tough time.
18. She has her own clothing line branded with her catchphrase
What does it take to create a viral catchphrase that you can later print on T-shirts and sell to your many fans? Apparently, all you need is a weird, made-up “street” accent. For it isn’t so much what Danielle said – “Catch me outside, how about that?” – but the very creative way in which she said it.
17. The police are regular guests at her home
Anyone who’s seen Danielle and her mom in action on Dr. Phil won’t be surprised to learn that the police are no strangers to their home. In fact, 2016 saw them come a-calling more than 50 times. Between the domestic dust-ups and Danielle’s fondness for jacking cars, the duo more than keep law enforcement busy.
16. Her parents did not tie the knot
However Danielle got her bad-girl attitude, it may not have been helped by her turbulent family life. Her mother and father were never married and were embroiled in a protracted and bitter custody battle for much of young Danielle’s life. Since then, moreover, the majority of her contact with her dad has been via phone.
15. She knows which future career she wants – and it’s perhaps not what you think
It might give one pause to imagine Nurse Bregoli coming in one day to draw your blood, but that may well be what happens. Despite her wild ways, Danielle apparently does have a do-gooder heart and has claimed she’d like to be a nurse someday.
14. She’s been reprimanded by Spirit Airlines
Looks like the Bregoli women will be stuck with Delta for future air travel. Or, at least, they won’t be passengers with Spirit Airlines. That’s because Spirit gave the pair lifetime bans after Danielle got into a heated altercation with another passenger while onboard one of its aircraft. Let’s hope she doesn’t try that again on a plane, or we’ll be cashing her ousside on the tarmac.
13. The internet sometimes has it in for her
The internet has a love/hate relationship with Danielle. While she has many fans and followers who find her attitude hilarious, she has also been met with the taunts of some truly nasty cyber bullies – some determined trolls even darkening her social media feeds with death threats.
12. She stole a ride from a member of Dr. Phil’s crew
Danielle was apparently not kidding when she proudly confessed on Dr. Phil that she loves to steal cars. As if to prove her point, she actually stole a vehicle from one of the show’s crew members when they went to interview her. Lucky for Danielle, they decided not to cash in and press charges.
11. She is literally just a child
Danielle puts on such a show of talking tough and acting up that it can be hard to remember she is still incredibly young. She was only 13 years old when she first appeared on Dr. Phil, for example, which makes her bad behavior even more shocking.
10. She’s been to rehab
Dr. Phil made the decision to send Bregoli for rehabilitation treatment on a horse ranch, where she apparently did really well and bonded with one of the four-legged residents named Chief. Unfortunately, after returning to her old life, she appears to have slipped back into her reckless ways.
9. Her mother loves the limelight
Barbara Ann, Danielle’s mother, doesn’t seem that bothered that her daughter has become infamous for her bad girl ways. In fact, her mom is relishing the money and perks that have come with the spotlight – it’s reported that she now requests top-flight hotels and further TV show appearances.
8. It’s projected she’ll be a millionaire by the end of 2017
Kind of makes you want to beat your head against the wall, but yes, dear reader, it’s forecasted that Danielle will soon be a dollar millionaire. Between her paid TV appearances, her clothing line, endorsements and modeling stints, financial website Celebrity Net Worth predicts that Danielle will have earned a mountain of money to jump in by the end of 2017.
7. She is a hilariously epic braggart
In her second appearance on Dr. Phil, Danielle once again did not hold back her personal opinions, informing her host that he was nothing before her and that she “made him.” And as Phil McGraw had a long and illustrious career before Danielle was even born, that’s quite the claim.
6. She has hair-pulling dramas with her own mother
Some might say that Danielle’s mother encourages her daughter’s bad behavior. After all, the two have laughed together about getting into fights where they pull each other’s hair. Maybe someone ought to let Barbara Ann know that it’s her job to say that tugs of love are not okay – and that she shouldn’t pull back.
5. She got into a copyright conflict with Hanes
“Cash Me Ousside” has earned Danielle a lot of just that – cash. And some of it has come from that clothing line branded with her catchphrase. But she ran into some trouble with Hanes when one of her designs was deemed too close for comfort to the brand’s “Champion” logo.
4. She changes her style constantly
Like many teens, Danielle is fond of switching up her look. One day her hair is brown; the next, it’s bright red. One day she has a fake grill; the next, it’s gone. One thing that never seems to change, however, is her fondness for extremely tight sweatpants.
3. She’s been recruited to do promos for Lyft
Yes, you read that correctly: the self-admitted car thief has been hired to do promos for ride-sharing service Lyft. One can only imagine the conversation between the marketing geniuses who conjured up that idea.
2. She has over ten million Instagram followers
If you really want to make your brain explode, consider this little fact: Danielle Bregoli – or bhadbhabie – has an Instagram audience of more than ten million. And how does she use her internet influence? Mainly to showcase pics of herself posing in tank tops and buying gummy worms.
1. She has been nominated for an MTV Movie & TV Award
Even though she’s not a film star – yet – Danielle still found herself as a 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards nominee. Her “Cash Me Ousside” moment was nominated in the “Trending” category. Sadly, though, she lost out to Channing Tatum and Beyoncé’s appearance on Lip Sync Battle. Oh well, there’s always 2018…