Benji Krol is a Brazilian social media star best known for his social media presence on TikTok and Instagram. He first started posting to the platform in 2016 and gained a modest following; he started quickly gaining followers when he started dating JeyJey Gardi. He now has millions of followers on the platform.
Benji and his boyfriend Jorge came under first in 2020 for alleged child grooming claims. “They took advantage of my friendship, and exploited and coerced me, a minor, into doing what they wanted for sexual pleasure,” the boy alleged. However, Jorge said he had manipulated both Benji and the boy and apologized.
Benji Krol was born on December 14, 2000 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to an Argentine mother named Alejandra and a British and Polish father named Aleksander. Shortly after he was born, the family moved to Canada and later Switzerland, where Benji grew up. He now lives in Madrid, Spain with his family.
As of September 2021, Benji Krol has more than 25.5 million followers on TikTok, 1.35 million subscribers on YouTube, 2.4 million followers on Instagram, and 983,700 followers on Twitter.
Benji first started his social media career on TikTok by posting to the platform in 2016, when it was known as Musical.ly. Two years into posting to the app, Benji had a modest following. His following took off when he started a relationship with fellow social media star JeyJey Gardi. He now has millions of followers on the platform.
The social media star started his YouTube channel in 2014 but didn’t post much content to the channel until several years later. His first video came in 2018 and was titled “Where’s my phone???” He started to grow his following once he became popular on TikTok.
Benji and his boyfriend Jorge Garay came under controversy in August 2020 when a 15-year-old boy, through an anonymous Twitter account, recounted his experiences with the two influencers in what is considered a child grooming attempt. He alleged that he had been sent explicit FaceTime screenshots of Benji by Jorge. “They took advantage of my friendship, and exploited and coerced me, a minor, into doing what they wanted for sexual pleasure,” the boy alleged. The person shared screenshots of call logs and messages to support his claims.
The accusations gained a lot of traction on Twitter. Benji’s first statement came at the end of August following a suicide attempt. He said it was not his first attempt and it wasn’t due to the allegations.
Benji said the FaceTime screenshots were true, but that he had told his boyfriend “it was wrong and was very uncomfortable with it.” In addition, Benji added, he said he doesn’t know the full story – Jorge does. Jorge has since taken off back to his hometown. In Jorge’s later response, he apologized and said he had manipulated Benji as well as the victim.
“I did sexually talk to the affected person and involved Benji without his permission as well as pressured him into it. I’m sorry to both,” Jorge said.
Benji later said Jorge had shared explicit photos of Benji to other friends without his permission. The pair split up following the scandal.
Benji sells his own merchandise through his website. https://shopbenjey.com/
Benji offers personalized videos and shout-outs on Cameo for a fee. https://www.cameo.com/benjikrol