Malaysian actress, model and musician Daiyan Trisha shut down online accusations that she has a “sugar daddy” with a single mic-drop tweet.
The 29-year-old owns multiple homes, having bought her first residence at the age of 25, leading some social media users to spread rumors that a wealthy male benefactor was supporting her. Trisha most recently purchased a new house last year, which she gave a video tour of in August.
“Sugar dating,” or “sugaring,” is when a typically younger woman or man, or the “sugar baby,” receives money or gifts from a typically older, wealthier individual, or the “sugar daddy” or “sugar momma.” The “sugar baby” provides “sugar,” which could be time, company or sexual favors, in exchange.
In response to the accusations, Trisha took to Twitter, writing, “I don’t need a sugar daddy, I am a sugar daddy.”
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Posted on Jan. 25, the tweet quickly went viral, with over 16,900 likes and 4,500 retweets.
As first reported by Harian Metro, Trisha expressed feeling hurt by the outrageous accusations. “They may think that I don’t deserve to have all these yet. But if these were my fans and followers, they would know how hard I’ve worked since joining the industry in 2013,” the star explained.
Trisha also called out the underlying sexism in the accusations, arguing that social media users don’t accuse successful men of having a “sugar mommy.”
Ceddy, a Malaysian vlogger and podcast host, expressed their support for Trisha: “Hahahaha bold of them to assume you NEED a sugar daddy, do they not know how hard you’ve been working?”
Born on Dec. 22, 1993, in Selangor, Trisha rose to fame in 2018 for her performances in “Sejuta Rasa Buat Adelia” and “Busker.”
The actress would later enter the music industry, making her impact with releases like “Cinta Suka Sayang Kamu” and “If I.” Trisha’s latest 2021 musical release, “Penat,” was nominated for Best Pop Song and Best Music Video at the 23rd annual Anugerah Industri Muzik, a Malaysian version of the Grammy awards.