In a now-viral series of videos posted on TikTok, Riley Fauria shared the names of the male celebrities who have rejected her on the dating app Raya. For those who aren’t familiar with the platform, and although it defines itself as a “membership-based community for people all over the world to connect and collaborate,” Raya is widely said to be mostly used as a dating app by celebrities.
Unlike other popular online dating spaces like Bumble or Tinder, this celeb-focused app requires interested users to submit an application. “Once submitted, applications are placed in queue and reviewed continually,” the platform’s description in the App Store reads. “An applicant’s status can change from ‘waitlisted’ to ‘accepted’ at any time,” it continues.
In May 2021, Raya made headlines after a woman, Nivine Jay, claimed that Ben Affleck sent her a video after she unmatched him on the platform. At the time, Jay uploaded a TikTok of what she alleged was a video of Affleck jokingly upset with the fact he had been curved.
“Thinking of the time I matched with Ben Affleck on Raya and thought it was fake, so I unmatched him and he sent me a video on Instagram,” she captioned the video, which showed a man who resembles Affleck asking her: “Nivine, why did you unmatch me? It’s me.”
While the authenticity of the video was never confirmed, the TikTok led to a prompt increase in interest in Raya.
But back to Fauria, who only shared her videos recently. Before we go into the list of celebrities she claims to have rejected her on the dating app, it should also be noted that the TikTok user has confirmed that a recommendation may help you get approved on Raya.
In the first video she ever posted, Fauria named actors David Spade, Chris Rock, Ethan Cutkosky and Drew Starkey as just a few of the men she tried to match with. In the comments section, users shared similar experiences and asked questions about the mysterious platform.
“How do you know if they are real, not fake?” one user asked. Fauria responded, revealing that there is a verification process. “I d[on’t] k[now] why I just feel like everyone has a shot with David Spade,” another commented.
Her third and latest video in the list includes John Mayer, Tom Felton, Zedd, Tyler Cameron and Nick Kroll. “I think I should probably stop doing these,” Fauria shared at the end of the video. “I’m really, really breaking open some old wounds right now.”