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“I didn’t groom Connor,” she said. “He’s a kid and I’m aware of that. It just happened.”

A 19-year-old TikTok star has apologized for kissing a 13-year-old boy in a leaked video.

Zoe LaVerne, who boasts almost 18 million followers on the app, faced massive backlash after kissing fellow TikToker Connor Joyce — who is six years her junior in a vid that was posted online.

In a livestream, LaVerne denied grooming the teen, insisting they were just friends who had caught “feelings for each other.”

“I didn’t groom Connor, I wouldn’t do that,” she said. “He’s a kid and I’m aware of that. It just happened.”

“We both were in a dark place when we first became friends and we both just ended up catching feelings for each other. And friends do that, they catch feelings for each other. That’s not a bad thing. Yes, the age is a bad thing.”

“Yes, it’s wrong. Yes, it’s not good. And We both realized that and we stopped, because we didn’t want to get this out of proportion. We didn’t want this to happen.”

Connor meanwhile posted a statement insisting Zoe “did not rape me”, informing his followers he would address the situation “as soon as I am stable enough” to do so.

LaVerne and Joyce — who goes by @cxnnorjoyce on TikTok and has almost 400k followers of his own — frequently appear in each other’s videos:

@cxnnorjoyce

surprise 🙂 @zoelaverne

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