Quaden Bayles treated to a makeover as model sister defends her brother
Bullied child Quaden Bayles has been treated to a new wardrobe and makeover as his model sister speaks out to defend him.
Quaden, who is from Brisbane, recently went viral after his mother live-streamed a video on Facebook showing her distressed son begging for a rope to end his own life. This resulted in an outpouring of love from around the world and a staggering $470K and counting being raised on GoFundMe to send the nine-year-old, who has dwarfism, and his family to Disneyland.Watch the viral video below:
In the clip, through tear-streaked eyes, Quaden says: "Give me a knife - I want to kill myself. I just want to die right now."
Following the overwhelming support for the child, he was invited to lead out the Indigenous All Stars at an NRL match, and most recently, he has been treated to a new wardrobe and a makeover for free.
Quaden's makeover was revealed to the world when his sister Guyala Bayles shared videos of him being treated like a rockstar at a luxury hair salon on Instagram.Watch a delighted Quaden at the hair salon below:
However, a dark cloud was cast over this heartwarming story when vicious rumors started to circulate across social media that Quaden was not nine years old, but in fact, 18, and that he and his mother had faked the video to make money.
Now, Quaden's older sister, Guyala, has also taken to Instagram to defend her younger brother, posting a picture of the pair that she captioned: "I say F**K the bullies and the haters! You’re the coolest, smartest, strongest and the most sweetest kid I know! You’re not alone and we’re all here for you my bruh".
One of the images circulating social media shows Quaden standing in front of a giant "18" decoration, with many claiming this is "proof" Quaden is actually 18.
However, this has been disproven by Mara Bayles, who confirmed that the party was for another person and Quaden was just attending.
As well as sharing the post above, Yarraka Bayles shared another Facebook post to Quaden's support page Stand Tall 4 Dwarfism. This post was written by Mariana Lopez Ortiz, who claims to have known Quaden before Tuesday's video went viral. The post reads:
"Yes he's nine. Dwarfism is not a joke. Is he a model or actor?... so are a lot of kids... that doesn't mean s**t.
"His mother made the post because she was overwhelmed and enraged with the bullying. I understand her to the fullest. Never did she ask for money... Never did they say they were broke. Never did they ask for this."
The fact-checking website Snopes has also commented on these theories, saying:
"It might come as a surprise to some, but standing next to a number does not automatically change your age to that number. In that same vein, wearing a shirt reading 'Gucci' or standing next to an adult woman are not activities exclusively reserved for 18-year-olds."
Quaden has also appeared on television before. The video below shows a report from the Australian news station Studio 10 featuring then four-year-old Quaden helping to raise awareness of dwarfism.
Regarding the video, Snopes added:
"While one may be able to argue that 9-year-old Quaden looks like he’s 18, it’s a bit more difficult to buy the argument that the 4-year-old in the above-displayed video is actually 13."
The fact-checking website added:
"Yarraka Bayles, Quaden’s mother, has posted dozens of pictures of him over the years to her social media accounts. In 2012, she shared a series of photographs that showed her infant son on the beach. Bayles commented on those photographs that her son was going on 15 months old."
The article continues:
"If Quaden Bayles was truly 18 years old in February 2020, that would make him about 11 in the 2012 photographs. But that certainly isn’t the case."
In other news, we recently reported on what is going to happen with the money raised for Quaden on the GoFundMe set up by comedian Brad Williams.
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