A mum who went from £35 a week on benefits to £4,000 on OnlyFans says her neighbors are trying to shut her up – so their husbands don’t see her happy.
Laura Whyte, 29, started posting steamy photos online in September 2021 and quickly gained a following. But Laura says her new career has also seen her receive negative attention – from people in her village.
She claims to have received anonymous messages, some of which threatened to call the police. And the mother-of-two, who lives in tiny Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire, says others have said they will call social services unless she takes down her content.
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Laura said: “My partner would ask me, ‘Why are you so upset’. But it’s intimidating – it just worries you to go out. A lot [of the messages] are women who say they don’t want their husbands to find my page.”
Laura says she started receiving messages in March 2022, about six months after launching the account. She realized the posts started around the same time people she knew viewed her Instagram story, where she announced her OnlyFans.
She says an anonymous message told her she had 24 hours to delete her posts – otherwise they would call the police because it was “pornography”.
Others seemed to come from other women in the village telling her that if their partners got on with her, there would be “problems”, she says. She says she was also told that if she didn’t stop using OnlyFans, anonymous reviewers would report her to HMRC and social services.
Laura, who posts to her Instagram account under the handle @itslarawhyte, says she’s been so reported that it’s hard to keep her accounts active. However, despite the messages, she says her OnlyFans career has made her more confident and less depressed.
And, with over a thousand subscribers, she says she earns between £3,500 and £4,000 a month.
“Things were fine the first few months when nobody knew about it in the village,” Laura said. “When [locals] started checking my Instagram account, I started getting messages from fake accounts saying they were going to report me to the police, HMRC and social services.
“I was getting messages saying I had 24 hours to delete all my messages or they would call the police because it was pornography. Someone said he would contact HMRC and DWP within 24 hours, one said he would contact social services to make sure it was okay to do ‘this kind of work’ while by having children.
“One of them said he had already called the police three times. I have no idea who sent them, there are so many people talking about it that it would be too many people to blame.
“I have lived in the village for eight years and now I feel like everyone hates me. I recently received a message on Twitter saying that they saw me walking around the village and could see what clothes I was wearing.
“I wear loose clothes, I don’t brag or anything to get the hate I get.”
However, Laura defiantly says she won’t let the messages stop her – because the money has allowed her to live the life she always wanted.
“I’ll never take the messages literally, it’s probably to try to put me off – I just ignore them, don’t even let them know I’ve read them,” she said. “I have over 1,000 You feel a little more confident in yourself and my partner says it has made me more confident and I’m not that depressed with myself.
“I saved up to get breast augmentations, which made me feel more comfortable in my body and we were able to do things we never could have done before. I’ve put the money into savings so I don’t just spend it on rubbish – now that I’ve restarted my social media I’m making £3,500-4,000 a month.
“I used to only get Child Benefit of £35 a week and try to do better for my family by putting a down payment on a house. Now we’re looking to buy a house in the next year.