Source: Business Insider
The social media star who went by the name “Paul Zimmer” had more than 7 million followers on Musical.ly before he vanished from the platform following accusations that he had scammed his fans. The 24-year-old influencer returned to social media last year as a new personality: a 16-year-old aspiring actor named Troy Becker, as first documented in an article in the New Statesman. According to court records obtained by Insider, “Zimmer” — whose legal name, sources said, was previously Paul Josef Gutowski — legally changed his name to Troy Becker in March 2019. Following criticism, Becker has once again vanished from social media, leaving questions about why he seemingly lied about his age and identity. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. A social-media star, known to fans as Paul Zimmer, rose to online fame on Musical.ly (now TikTok), gaining millions of followers by 2018. Zimmer seemingly found early success on the app by making run-of-the-mill dancing and lip-syncing videos and mobilizing his good looks and charm.