Carrie Hope Fletcher Truth Revealed

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    Carrie Hope Fletcher, born on October 22nd, 1992 is an actress, singer, "internet personality", and author. She is the sister of Tom Fletcher of McFly fame, and sister-in-law of his wife Giovanna "Gi" Fletcher who won I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! in 2019.

    Note that the family name is Fletcher, not Hope-Fletcher. She gets short-tempered when someone gets it wrong, and may feel the need to correct you in song.

    She performs in professional theatre and her notable roles include:
    • Eponine and Fantine (Les Misérables) - Eponine was her debut as an adult, she later went on to play Fantine. Carrie has the longest tenure of any Eponine on the West End (2 years and 8 months), and is the only actress in the UK to have played both the child and adult versions of Eponine.
    • Beth (War of the Worlds) - 2014 and 2018 UK tours
    • Truly Scrumptious (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) - 2016 UK tour
    • Wednesday Addams (The Addams Family) - 2017 UK tour
    • Veronica Sawyer (Heathers) - 2018 at The Other Palace, later transferred to the West End
    • Cinderella (Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella) - Opened in August 2021 after many delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Grusha Vashnadze (The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht) - Autumn 2022, Rose Theatre, London

    She is the author of several romance novels, children's books, and has released a memoir about her early life and career.

    Carrie began appearing in West End shows as a child and played child Eponine in Les Misérables (her first ever professional role), Jemima Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Jane Banks in Mary Poppins - she emphasises that these were all before age 11. She often refers back to her childhood performances as if they were more relevant than the major roles she's played as an adult.

    Relationships

    Carrie describes herself as an incurable romantic who dreams of a fairytale romance and big white wedding. Appropriately, she goes on at least one Disney holiday with each boyfriend. Her major known relationships so far have all been with other musicians / performers:

    Charlie Yang - Carrie was dating Charlie at the time she started out on YouTube. They recorded some music together and he appeared in early vlogs with her.

    Alex Day - Carrie's boyfriend between 2013-14. They broke up around the time of allegations about sexual misconduct by Alex. One of the women involved was a friend of Carrie's, who she initially did not believe could be telling the truth. Alex's 2018 memoir Living and Dying on the Internet gives his version of events; Carrie asked her fans not to buy it and said he had disregarded her request not to be mentioned in the book.

    Pete "Echoist" Kingston - Carrie and Pete (then known as Pete Bucknall) dated between 2015-17. This relationship ended when she met Oliver whilst starring in The Addams Family tour with him - see Dramas section for more.

    Oliver Ormson - Carrie met Oliver when he was playing her love interest in The Addams Family. They kept very quiet about the fact they were both in other relationships when they met - Oliver was dating Summer Strallen at the time. They broke up in January 2022, leading to an uncharacteristic social media hiatus for Carrie.

    Joel Montague - Current boyfriend, "official" as of May 2022.

    When Carrie's relationships with Charlie, Alex, and Pete ended, their social media presence mysteriously died out very quickly (although in Alex's case, this was probably because of his alleged sexual misconduct) and has never recovered. We call her the black widow of social media. It remains to be seen if the same will happen with Oliver whose career is currently doing better than hers.

    Online behaviour and social media

    Carrie has a decent sized fanbase from her social media, which has been a factor in her being cast, see below. She began her YouTube channel (originally titled ItsWayPastMyBedtime) in 2011. Carrie says that she has always treated social media as a sideline to her "real" career as an actress and author - however, she started her channel at least a year before she landed her first professional adult role, and long before she'd ever published a book. She is active on Twitter and Instagram, but deleted her TikTok and Facebook.

    In more than ten years as an influencer, her content and posting style have changed very little. This limits her appeal to teens/tweens, who were her original fanbase. She also doesn't seem to realise that behaviour that might be expected from a 20-year-old influencer just starting out isn't appropriate for a 30-year-old professional woman. At any given time expect Carrie to post dozens of Insta stories about the minutiae of her life, including TMI about needing to pee or feeling sick etc. At the end of 2021 she shared an entire 99 stories for her "year in review" (100 is the maximum limit) including unflattering pictures and trivial moments that you wouldn't expect her to see as a highlight of the year.

    Carrie is very defensive on social media and frequently blocks or snaps at people for innocuous comments or questions. Even for things that were in no way meant as an insult. E.g., when someone asked her if she would be on holiday at the time they hoped to see her in Cinderella, Carrie thought she was being attacked for taking time off, and ranted at them. She likes to make passive-aggressive posts/vlogs/tweets and throw tantrums over perceived slights. Her fans and her mother also frequently rally to her defence whenever something upsets her online. If all else fails, she can always pose as one of her own fans, like she did on another gossip site.

    Carrie has little regard for online safety. She is known to tag her exact location on Instagram and share detailed information about her schedule, where she'll be at given times, what hotels she is staying at whilst on tour, etc. When fans were able to work out where she lived because she'd shared so much personal information, Carrie had a meltdown and announced she was so stressed she was booking a holiday. Yes she thought it a good idea to tell the world she'd be leaving her house empty, even though her address was now public knowledge. After moving house, she said she would never give away any more information about where she lived, but in October 2022 shared photos of the outside of the house decorated for Halloween. This is more than enough for someone to be able to find her.

    Carrie has a finsta which she appears to have opened for private posts about her breakup with Oliver. But she still posts a lot of personal content to her main (professional) Insta - mixed in with brand deals, contracted content for her current job, etc. In any other field of work, this would be frowned on to say the least.

    As part of job also she is supposed to post content about her show. It’s like me running the M&S Insta and one day posting about Colin the caterpillar and Percy Pigs and the next posting passive aggressive posts about the customers who ask when the opening times are, or randomly revealing personal details about my heartbreak.
    Highly unprofessional. I can practically hear eyes in the industry rolling from here
    Carrie regularly does Insta Q&As where her responses can be quite unprofessional. These include snapping at her fans (as usual), and tagging her former boss in discussion of a rumour that she'd slept with him to get cast.

    Her tendency to lash out at others online got markedly worse during Cinderella. During its run, she repeatedly argued with fans online, criticised Andrew Lloyd-Webber (her boss at the time), and complained about negative reactions to the show. Some of her castmates began doing the same, and there has since been an increase in young performers attacking employers, audiences, or critics on social media. While Carrie can't be held responsible for others' actions, she doesn't set a good example. It's easy to see how someone just starting out might think that if Carrie can say what she likes online with no consequences, why can't they? The difference is that she is an established "name" who seems to be able to count on getting work, whereas someone just starting out in the industry risks making themselves unemployable.

    Performance and stunt casting

    Carrie got her breakout adult role as Eponine through her own merit, but subsequently, she has been stunt cast in other shows. She repeatedly denies that her social media following, "brand name", or relation to Tom have ever been a factor in her being cast (even though her social media presence is often mentioned in her cast bio.) All performers use their connections to get ahead, and stunt casting doesn't necessarily mean that someone won't be good in the role. But she could at least be honest about it. She once made a pointed Insta post about how casting someone who's both an exceptional performer and has a social media presence is "clever casting" not stunt casting. She wouldn't fit her own definition of this, because she often is not as strong an actress or singer as others in the cast.

    Carrie did not attend drama school, but trained as a child. Either way she lacks a number of basic musical theatre skills. She is not a trained dancer, struggles to sing classically without belting, attempts accents very poorly, etc. She claims she cannot read sheet music (although might have meant that she can't sight sing well.) She prefers to wear long skirts and clumpy boots during dance rehearsals, while everyone else is in fitness gear and dance shoes or trainers; as seen in rehearsal videos and her audition for Mamma Mia, where she wore Doc Martens to the dance call. By Carrie's own admission, she did not take any lessons during the 2020 lockdown when she was preparing for Cinderella. She also doesn't have the experience of ensemble/cover/swing which is an important part of a musical theatre actor's professional development. Part of her brand image is that she now only ever plays leading roles.

    Over the years her voice has lost a lot of its power and original quality; likely through poor technique, vocal strain, and/or illness. Her voice was greatly harmed when she was pushed to continue performing in Heathers despite having tonsillitis. Her diction is not great - amusingly, when she sang from ALW's Cinderella on Children In Need, a number of viewers thought she was saying "fucking mad" instead of "barking mad."

    She has criticised Cameron Mackintosh for suggesting that a transgender actress had been cast solely for diversity points. Carrie speaking out about this was admirable, especially since it could have cost her career opportunities. But it's somewhat hypocritical given that she herself benefits from stunt casting and has no problem with Cinderella using a character's homosexuality as a gimmick.

    Ego

    Carrie is the star of every show, the leading lady, and don't you forget it. Rumours abound of her treating castmates poorly especially understudies or alternates. She rarely gives credit where it is due and her videos are always about her, her, her and what a great person she is. During Cinderella rehearsals Carrie frequently posted about how she'd brought in books for castmates to borrow, and started a "tuck shop" where others could buy snacks in exchange for a comment in her notepad. These are nice things to do for others, but she seemed to do it mostly to draw attention to herself.

    Carrie is Not Like Other Girls. She seems to believe that she's the only woman in Britain who is curvy, outspoken, introverted, has a gap between her teeth, likes books, and so on. Taking a weird pride in her clothes and hairstyle not particularly flattering her, because she's sooooo above your oppressive beauty standards!!!!!11 (even though she's still an average-sized, conventionally pretty white woman.) She frequently talks about how she was bullied at school for things like having brown eyes and curly hair. Basically, she's the incarnation of the old Tumblr meme:

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    Given Carrie's age and when she started out, she probably was on Tumblr in its heyday, posting un-ironically about how unique she was.

    She will often get annoyed when fans ask if she's going to appear in one of her previous roles again - don't you know she's moved onto bigger and better! But makes sure she keeps in with the current cast / the creative team so she has the option of returning in future, which is how she gets asked back for Les Mis. Meanwhile she claims that no one ever goes to see their understudy or alternate perform (patently untrue - many West End leads do this all the time) so she shouldn't be expected to.

    Even though Carrie is more than happy to allow herself to be marketed as the main draw of a show, she has stated that she "doesn't have to explain herself" if she's not there at a time when people have paid to see her. We're not saying that Carrie isn't entitled to private time, etc. But if the publicity material touts her as the main reason to pay for a ticket, of course people will expect to see her. Carrie has often posted negative reviews of products / services and tagged the company, so she can't complain if others do the same.

    She regularly displays short-term fixations that last for a couple of weeks or months then end quickly. Examples include a short-lived interest in Formula 1 racing, and a period where she frequently talked about Russian history and expressed a desire to visit Russia - this is when the Broadway musical adaptation of Anastasia was rumoured to be transferring to London and she wanted a shot at the lead. Anyone suggesting that her latest craze hasn't been a lifelong passion of hers gets snapped at and blocked, as usual.

    Underplaying her privilege

    Carrie often talks about class and privilege, and says that she is from a struggling working class family. In fact her parents could afford to support her stage career, to send her and Tom to private schools (Tom went to Sylvia Young), and take annual holidays to Disney World in the USA. Carrie does not seem to understand that being middle class, and having to work hard and save for things but still being employed and owning a home etc., is still a far more comfortable and secure life than many people have.

    She has enough income from brand deals, royalties, and assets (including renting out property) that she doesn't have to take a "normal" job between stage contracts. She has never had a regular job, nor has she ever had to do things like cruise ship work. She didn't have to take another job during the 2020 and 2021 lockdowns when theatres were closed. This puts her at a vast advantage compared to most other West End performers, who have to work as shop assistants, cleaners, Uber drivers, couriers, and so on when they are "resting."

    Carrie rejects the notion that any of this gives her privilege; and instead insists she pulled herself up by the bootstraps on Cinderella's Doc Martens. Or something. She uses class to excuse her own laziness e.g. she says she refuses to learn how to read sheet music because that would be an unfair display of class privilege. In reality, it's a basic musical skill which is taught in most state schools. It's also necessary for her job. Tattlers question what Oliver, who is genuinely working class, thought of this during his relationship with her.

    Despite paying lip service to anti-racism efforts, Carrie has tried to suggest that bullying/teasing she was subject to at school is on a level with racism. E.g. that someone making fun of her curly hair is the same thing Black people go through when they are discriminated against for their natural hair. Or that getting her name wrong is the same as when white people don't bother to learn a Black or brown person's name, etc.

    In January 2022, Carrie joined in public criticism of Molly-Mae Hague for failing to acknowledge her privilege. No comment.

    Hopefuls (Carrie's fanbase)

    Also known as the Hatefuls because they attack anyone even slightly critical of Carrie on social media.

    Her fans can be very childish in the theatre and disturb other members of the audience which was a major issue during Heathers. If you watch any clips on YouTube of the original Other Palace or West End productions of the show that she was in, it is often difficult to hear the music or dialogue because of kids shouting. They also threw things onto the stage which could have been a health and safety risk. This isn't Carrie's fault, but can be off-putting when going to see shows she appears in.

    Carrie takes a while to reply to fan mail - in one instance, she replied to a letter sent to her years ago and the person was no longer following Carrie's content.

    Carrie has asked fans not to send her presents but then proudly showcased them on social media, including some that might be seen as a bit inappropriate e.g. Lush bath/body products which could be easily tampered with. In one video she said that a present had the sender's name on it but she threw the label away - very telling!

    E-begging

    Like Tom, who has his own thread on Tattle, Carrie is known for begging online. She has accepted multiple trips to Disney World in Florida, and received a lot of freebies during the pandemic. Her professed personal values have no relation to what products she will hawk. She has accepted gifted Harry Potter goods (despite repeatedly calling JK Rowling transphobic) and promoted Sure (despite insisting she would only ever use cruelty-free products.) Anyone commenting on this is liable to be blocked or deleted as always.

    Calling her out on her begging will cause her to rage and get block-happy. When Cinderella had to delay its opening in July 2021, Carrie not-so-subtly angled for freebies from a skincare company, and then started whining on her social media that horrible trolls had been messaging her about it. We believe no such thing happened and she'd just been reading her Tattle thread again.

    Carrie makes it repeatedly, emphatically clear when a video is NOT sponsored or a product was NOT a gift. This can be just as annoying as the product placement itself.

    Major roles

    Les Miserables

    Carrie's adult debut as Eponine is probably when she was at her most likeable and genuine. She came across as humble and hard-working, and seemed to honestly enjoy being able to share her experiences with her fans. It has been rumoured that when she was playing Eponine she advised her fans to ask for a refund if she were not performing on the night - a sign of trouble to come? Carrie later returned to the show as Fantine, and played Fantine again in the concert version of Les Mis staged in 2020.

    War of the Worlds / Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Clips of Carrie's performances in these shows can be found on YouTube along with all the vlogs that she made about them. At the time, she still seemed fairly normal and down to earth, and didn't promote the shows quite as aggressively as she has with her more recent work. Her poor work ethic showed through in one of her Chitty vlogs where she showed up to a dance rehearsal with only Doc Martens and neglected to buy proper dance shoes, despite having said she found dance very difficult even for Truly which is a largely non-dancing role.

    The Addams Family

    Whilst starring in the tour, Carrie met and fell in love with Oliver. Their then-current relationships ended, and she and Oliver got together after months of Carrie openly lusting over him on camera. Backstage drama aside, the show contained a scene rendered very awkward by her obvious lack of professional dance training. This is also around the time that Carrie's ego became much more apparent from her vlogs and social media.

    Heathers

    Carrie's stunt casting in Heathers was evident both by the fact she did not fit the usual "look" for Veronica (compare most professional productions; Veronica is typically cast to look like Winona Ryder in the movie.) And by the score having to be transposed down because she could not consistently hit some of the notes - it was returned to its usual pitch for the 2021 West End revival and national tour. Carrie's vocal problems were exacerbated, and damage caused to her voice because she was under pressure to continue performing when she developed tonsillitis - also putting Jamie Muscato (who played JD) at risk of infection since she had to kiss him onstage.

    She appeared to be unhappy that Jodie Steele (Heather Chandler) and Olivia Moore (understudy Veronica, who played several performances whilst Carrie was ill) were both receiving very positive reviews. This comes across in her vlogs and interactions with them. In particular they were praised for their singing, while Carrie's lack of training was painfully apparent in addition to her already damaged voice. Carrie repeated her act of being all over Jamie on camera just like she did with Oliver in The Addams Family. You can see from some of her vlogs and photos that Jamie was uncomfortable with it.

    Carrie was upset by suggestions on social media that she was too large for the role of Veronica, or should have been cast as Martha instead. She hugely over-acted in the song "Dead Girl Walking" (a raunchy musical number containing a sex scene) and stated that she felt it was a way of getting back at people who had commented on her size. While it's understandable that she was upset by such personal remarks, this was still an unprofessional thing to do.

    Cinderella

    Carrie was cast in 2019 for a planned 2020 opening, which was delayed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show re-imagines Cinderella as a Doc Martens-wearing loudmouth with a huge "not like the other girls" complex, in other words basically written around Carrie. Her ego rose further by being praised as ALW's latest leading lady, despite his long history of fawning over the lead of a new show and then dropping them as soon as it finishes.

    Cinderella finally opened in summer 2021, here are just a few of the things that happened with Carrie during its run:
    • Despite claiming to be an advocate for mental health, she has frequently performed the song "Bad Cinderella" to promote the show. The lyrics used in the West End production contain many offensive terms like "loon", "nutter", "lame", and "barking mad" (it has since been re-written for Broadway.)
    • Frequently ranting at, and blocking, people on social media if they were critical of the show or asked questions about when she'd be performing.
    • Missing a large number of performances (she attributes this to producer decisions), and again attacking anyone on social media who asked about it or was disappointed.
    • Throwing a very public tantrum after Cinderella's set at West End Live was affected by sound issues, see below
    • Being openly critical of Andrew Lloyd-Webber, her boss while she was in the show
    • Posting a lengthy rant on Insta about how appearing in the show was harming her mental health. The Daily Mail printed it, causing bad publicity for the show.
    Carrie was announced to be leaving Cinderella at the cast change, planned for July 2022. But on May 1, it was confirmed that the show would close a month early, on June 12. Many of the incoming cast and crew found out via social media; they either hadn't been contacted, or had had messages left with agents who were not working because it was Sunday. The current cast and crew were told at the Sunday matinee, only half an hour or so before the announcement was made public.

    Summer Strallen, who was due to have joined the show as the Queen, addressed Cinderella's closure in an Insta live. Carrie commented to say that she had to find out via castmates, as she wasn't performing that day.

    It was announced in October 2022 that the show had been renamed as Bad Cinderella and would open on Broadway in February 2023. In a very unprofessional move, Carrie began liking tweets that predicted the show would perform badly or close early.

    Ventures outside musical theatre

    Carrie has announced a 2023 concert tour called "An Open Book". Tattle questions what more she could "share" that she hasn't already. While specifics of the tour are still vague, it sounds like it will involve her singing and discussing past roles. She is due to appear in her first straight play in autumn 2022, as Grusha Vashnadze in The Caucasian Chalk Circle; and will make her pantomime debut in Sleeping Beauty in December 2022.

    She was briefly in a vocal group called "The Cardinals" with Celinde Schoenmaker, Ramin Karimloo, and Ben Forster. They didn't last long but were given a slot at West End Live (where Carrie eagerly performed despite now saying she hates it so much.) She made two short-lived attempts at running a podcast: "Prattle and Pages" where she talked about books, and "Wonder Women" in which she and Celinde discussed women's issues and famous women.

    Carrie is a patron of the charity Papyrus, which works to prevent youth suicide. She appeared in its "Bedtime Stories" campaign against online bullying. While this is a good cause for her to support, Carrie's talk about being kind to others online does not seem to apply to her own fans nor ALW.

    Acting "classes"

    Carrie ran an online "acting through song" workshop via Zoom where she charged 100 people £25 each to attend. The workshop was half an hour long and mostly consisted of her just singing and talking about past roles. It would have been more honest to just promote it as a personal chat with her, very little teaching went on and Carrie is not an outstanding actress nor did she go to drama school - she is mostly known as a singer. She has expressed her intention to run more online "classes" in the future.

    Books

    Carrie wants to be known as a "booktuber" and for her love of books. A lot of her YouTube and Insta videos are the usual book reviews and she has also had a podcast about books. She makes a big show of lending books to castmates and generally acting like reading is some kind of niche interest. Her first published book was a memoir, All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully (2015), partly compiled from posts she had written on her old blog.

    She has published the following novels:

    For adults
    On the Other Side (2016) - debut novel
    All That She Can See (2017) - has many similarities to Chocolat
    When the Curtain Falls
    (2018) - has many similarities to Phantom of the Opera
    In the Time We Lost
    (2019) - has many similarities to Groundhog Day
    With This Kiss
    (2022) - has many similarities to The Raven Boys

    For children
    Into the Spotlight (2020) - a modern "re-imagining" of Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
    The Double Trouble Society (2022)

    Her adult novels are all generic romances with leads that are thinly disguised copies of Carrie. The books tend to have very similar plot beats like terminal illnesses or a leading lady with psychic precognition. Some of them are obviously heavily based on musicals, or other well-known works. Characters have names like "Sunny Shine" and "Olive Green." Her novels also contain slut-bashing descriptions of the protagonist's female rivals, as if Carrie were Taylor Swift in the heyday of "You Belong to Me". Carrie releases a book almost every year but, despite her busy schedule of performing, rehearsing, and publicity, denies that she's ever used a ghostwriter.

    Carrie has stated many times that, after she retires from showbusiness, she plans to publish a non-fiction book full of backstage gossip. We Tattlers suspect that after a while, she'll decide to become a SAHM in the knowledge her career isn't really going anywhere, and then use the book to keep drawing public attention to herself.

    Her memoir and The Other Side are both available to legally borrow through Open Library. agirlofnoimportance recapped and discussed When the Curtain Falls to give you an idea of Carrie's writing:

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4 - Note content warnings in the post.
    Part 5

    Carrie has received criticism for her insensitive writing of a sexual assault scene in When the Curtain Falls, and the clunky introduction of a transgender character in With This Kiss.

    Dramas (onstage and off)

    Pete breakup

    Carrie left Pete for Oliver, whom she had met during the Addams Family tour. She initially claimed it was an amicable breakup, but later suggested that Pete may have been violent towards her. She clarified (in comments on a vlog, where fewer people would see it) that he had never physically abused her, but had caused "property damage and emotional damage." The exact truth isn't known, and Carrie may be exaggerating or downplaying some events.

    Carrie has spoken negatively about Pete at other times e.g. this post on her website where she implies she cannot remember a holiday with him as it was too traumatic. She always referred to him by full name which may be part of the reason for him changing his name after they broke up.

    Legal threats

    Carrie threatened to sue posters on another gossip site for supposedly sharing her address online. Ultimately nothing happened - probably because there was no evidence of anyone doing this. (They had been discussing the fact that some of Carrie's fans had worked out her address from information she herself shared online.)

    West End Live 2021

    At West End Live, Carrie was late / off-key at some parts of the Cinderella set, due to sound issues (which are common at WEL.) She made numerous social media posts about it, complaining about WEL and apologising for the performance. Also trying to suggest that the WEL staff were to blame and that she had incriminating information about them. The official YouTube upload of the set was taken down, but Carrie wouldn't let the matter die and repeatedly brought it up over the next few weeks. She claimed she has always hated WEL, even though she chose to do it rather than asking for one of the alternate or cover actresses to stand in for her. The following year she happily performed at WEL with the cast of Treason (a new musical she was due to perform in concert) without a word of complaint.

    ALW friction

    During the West End run of Cinderella, there were rumours of Andrew Lloyd Webber being very harsh on the cast and crew. An alleged incident where he shouted at everyone over a video call coincided with a cryptic tweet from Carrie in support of her castmates. Subsequently, ALW referred to actors as a "service industry" in an interview, and said that none of them were owed a place on stage. Carrie was one of several cast members who took offence to this and made snide comments on social media, she also liked several tweets critical of him. When Cinderella's closure was announced abruptly with two sets of cast and crew not told, Carrie joined in to comment on an Insta live by Summer Strallen (who was due to have joined the show as the Queen):




    Cinderella missed performances

    Carrie regularly withdrew from performances of Cinderella at short notice. She had much more time off than normal for a West End lead, and reached the 100 performances mark over a month later than the male lead, Ivano Turco. At the time Carrie claimed that the producers kept changing the schedule and it was up to them. Her absences could have been for a number of reasons such as vocal strain, mental health, or conflict with Andrew Lloyd Webber. In early 2022, Cinderella received new branding and publicity that marketed the show as an ensemble piece, with much less focus on Carrie. This was likely an effort at damage control over her absences.

    Attacking her own fans on social media

    Carrie has a habit of arguing with her own fans on Twitter and making sarcastic or blunt comments, even when the fan was in no way trying to be rude. This escalated during Cinderella's run, with Carrie frequently attacking people disappointed at her not performing when scheduled. She tweets snippy comments such as "you paid to see Cinderella and you got to see Cinderella." To borrow an analogy, since Carrie likes doughnuts:

    ‘Hi I asked for the biscoff and you gave me an original glazed.’

    ‘Don’t know why you’re complaining. You came for a donut and you got a donut.’
    Her online tantrums during Cinderella drew so much attention to her that it was reported on in the press. This would have been less of an issue if she hadn't been so heavily promoted as the face of the show. At one point she denied that her photo was published outside the theatre even though it was right there for the whole of London to see.

    Oliver breakup

    In early January 2022, Carrie and Oliver unfollowed each other on social media and she "logged off" from Instagram for several weeks (actually continuing to post on a finsta.) She accidentally shared a story to her main account about being "heartbroken" but instantly deleted it. A couple of days later she announced on main that she and Oliver had broken up and that he had walked out on her without warning.

    Since the breakup, Carrie has shared endless "inspirational" quotes about how she's sooo over Oliver and implying he needs therapy. She's had a "rebellious red hair stage" (a semi-permanent ginger dye from a salon) and gone on a WILD holiday with friends to show Oliver what he's missing. In April 2022, Oliver indicated he had moved in with his new girlfriend, leading to speculation of overlap with Carrie. She announced just a week or two later that she was dating Joel, leading to ...

    Joel speed-run

    Carrie and Joel's romance quickly became very intense, with PDA and declarations of love all over their social media. This was seemingly for the benefit of Oliver, who seemed genuinely happy with his new partner and had maintained a dignified silence about Carrie. She and Joel went on a holiday and suggested that they may have moved in together very early (although Joel said he'd kept his own flat.) He began to imitate some of Carrie's likes and dislikes, snap at fans just like she does, and leave gushing comments all over her posts.

    Carrie initially said that she'd had a huge crush on Joel ever since they first met as friends in 2014, and she instinctively "just knew" this relationship was different. However, in a September 2022 video she says that they had never spent time together one on one before their first date earlier that year. It is obvious from some of her posts and videos that she is not over Oliver, but doesn't want to be left single while he moves on with a new woman.


    Glossary

    Tattler nicknames for Carrie include:
    • Carrie Fletcher (because all Hope is gone)
    • Care Bear/Overshare Bear ("Care Bear" was a nickname she herself has used. Overshare Bear is more accurate)
    • Many variations of her name: Granny Mope Fletcher, Cringey Nope Fletcher, Beggy Hope Fletcher etc.
    • Carrie Grope Fletcher (from her habit of inappropriate behaviour around male co-stars)
    • Scammie (because of her overpriced "acting" workshops)
    • Kermit (what her attempt at an American accent in Heathers sounded like)
    • Gilderoy (Carrie has many similarities to Gilderoy Lockhart from the Harry Potter books)
    • Carousel Carrie (due to her being stuck in a constant cycle of repeating past roles and dredging up old stories)
    • Carrie Corden (she's the theatrical equivalent of James Corden; they're both known as a "go-to" for being cast in musicals despite questionable talent)
    Hetero-Flexible = Carrie's term to mean she wants cookies for being an LGBT ally because she has kissed female friends when she was drunk.

    The Face =

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    An all-purpose expression that is used for any emotion Carrie may wish to portray: love, hate, anger, sadness, joy, fear, jealousy, arousal, etc. It's useful even when she's not acting!

    Hopefuls = Carrie's fanbase. Also known as Hatefuls (because they descend on anyone that has even the most constructive or politely-worded criticism of her) or Mopefuls.

    Larrie = Lauren and Carrie, i.e. Lauren Byrne, first cover Cinderella. Lauren was Carrie's closest pal in the show and has demonstrated similar behaviour as her - publicly criticising ALW and snapping at fans for asking whether Carrie is performing. The friendship may have soured somewhat since Cinderella ended and Lauren instantly landed one of Carrie's dream roles (as Miss Honey in Matilda), while Carrie herself was doing panto and one-off concerts.

    Smiffys Wig = Extremely cheap, synthetic black wig worn by Carrie as Cinderella; which looks like something you'd expect to see in a pound shop and not a West End production. Even professional pantomimes have better wigs!

    Tom's Sister = cuz that's still how most people think of her

    Joel Hope Fletcher = what we call Joel, due to them trying to progress the relationship very quickly and act like they've been married for years after just a few weeks of dating.

    Crabbie and Goyle = Carrie and Joel

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