If you’ve spent any time on the Internet over the past few years, you’ve definitely come across a picture of this crazy-eyed woman:
That’s Overly Attached Girlfriend. The above picture has made the Internet rounds as an image macro meme since it first came on the scene back in 2012. But before you start getting nightmares featuring those soulless, obsessed eyes, you should probably know that the woman pictured here is actually pretty darn awesome. Here’s how the Overly Attached Girlfriend meme came to be.
On June 6, 2012, Laina Morris uploaded a video to YouTube titled “JB Fanvideo.” It was a parody of Justin Bieber’s song “Girlfriend” with some decidedly creepy lyrics. For instance: “If I was your girlfriend / I’d never let you leave / without a small recording device / taped under your sleeve.” In less than 48 hours, Morris’ video garnered more than 1 million views.
But the fame didn’t stop there. The very next day, a screenshot from the video had become an advice, animal-style image macro meme used to make fun of the stereotype of an overprotective and clingy girlfriend:
From that point, Morris’ Internet fame was solidified. Happily, she chose to embrace the fact that she’d gone viral — and use her newfound fame for good. Morris began making videos for what she called the Dare to Share video series. Each month, she encouraged people to donate money to various charities in exchange for seeing her complete different entertaining tasks.
Morris also continued uploading videos to her YouTube channel, including several more parody songs in her Overly Attached Girlfriend character. She has been featured in videos by other prominent YouTubers like Shane Dawson, Tyler Oakley, and TheFineBros. She continued uploading YouTube videos to her channel on a more or less weekly basis and has gained more than 1 million followers on the site.
In a video uploaded in 2015, Morris confirmed that she did, in fact, have a boyfriend at the time.