It has been a week since Tessica Brown, 40, of Violet, Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana, United States became known as the African-American woman dubbed the Gorilla Glue Girl. The mother of five recently shared how the nickname negatively affected her.
“It bothers my little girls when they go to school,” Brown told Entertainment Tonight. “My name is Tessica. Every time somebody puts up something on social media, that’s it. My inbox is flooded.”
On February 4, 2021, Brown took to TikTok to share a video of herself giving details of her hair ordeal. She said she ran out of Got2B hair spray so she applied Gorilla Glue spray adhesive on her hair, which she was not able to rinse off for a month already.
After the TikTok video went viral, Brown created a YouTube account and posted her first video on February 7, 2021. She titled it “Full update Gorilla glue girl (Official).”
“(People would say) ‘Don’t worry about this thing,'” Brown said. “Yeah, y’all can say that.”
Brown is always reminded by her mother to stop reading the comments. However, the former cannot help herself.
“I go read them and they’re still sending me clips of what happened,” Brown said. “It’s way, way, way too much.”
On the other hand, many people are supporting Brown including African-American celebrities Missy Elliott, 49, Chancelor Johnathan “Chance the Rapper” Bennett, 27, Porsha Williams, 39, and Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore, 28. Many people are also offering Brown a wig including Neal Farinah, the longtime hairstylist of Beyoncé.
However, Brown is not accepting any of the hair offers. She does not want people think it was the reason why she put a Gorilla Glue product on her hair.
On February 6, 2021, Brown checked into St. Bernard Parish Hospital in Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish to ask help to have the glue removed from her hair. She is visiting a surgeon on February 11, 2021.
Sources told TMZ that Brown spent 22 hours in the emergency room where healthcare workers put acetone on the back of her head, which only made the glue gooey before hardening back up. The sources also told the publication that she has hired a lawyer and she is weighing her legal options against Gorilla Glue.
Both allegations are not true, according to Brown. Meanwhile, Gorilla Glue took to Twitter to release a statement about her hair ordeal.