Diplo denies living with 19-year-old influencer Quenlin Blackwell: ‘Nothing but friendship’

Annabel Nugent
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 (Rex Features)
(Rex Features)

Diplo has responded to criticism from fans after 19-year-old influencer Quenlin Blackwell said that she was living with him in Los Angeles.

The TikTok star told her fans in a video: “I live with Diplo right now, and he fully supports my endeavours.” The announcement prompted social media users to speculate on the nature of her relationship with the 41-year-old music producer.

In a tweet shared with his 2.5 million followers, Diplo addressed the rumours, writing: “OK so I rent one of my properties to @quenblackwell. And yes I use the studio that is in that building.

“Her social media is sarcastic and chaotic and I can see you can get a twisted idea but there is nothing but friendship between us.”

The Major Lazer star (real name Thomas Wesley) continued: “As a landlord I don’t really consider age or race as a qualification. U just gotta pay security deposit. And don’t poke holes in the walls or ruin my carpet.”

Blackwell is believed to currently be in a relationship after posting photos with her boyfriend Parker in recent months.

However, some fans still questioned Diplo about the arrangement. One user wrote: “What do you have in common with a 19-year-old that would warrant a friendship, quick?”

The producer replied: “We made music together.”

Blackwell has also denied the rumours in her own Twitter post, which read: “I’m an adult. I’m not being groomed. Platonic relationships exist. I’ve been living here for over a year…”

“I’d rather break both my legs and be forced to walk than pursue Diplo romantically and he’d rather choke,” she said. “Diplo has given me opportunity and the security to create.”

She added: “Diplo and his team have saved me numerous times from the weirdos in LA. My parents trust him. I trust him.”