In this new age of the rise of internet celebrities and content creators, it’s usual to find content online with which we can relate on a deep level. For Kat Stickler’s followers, what attracts them the most to her content is how easy it is to connect with her experiences as a newly single mother in her 20s.
After rising to fame on TikTok, Kat has been building a strong following on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, with many sponsorships and professional opportunities thanks to it.
So how did Kat Stickler build such a massive following on the internet, and what’s going on with her personal life? Keep reading to find out!
Who Is Kat Stickler?
Kat Stickler was born on 31 October 1994, in Miami, Florida USA. Her mother is Venezuelan while her father is Brazilian, though other details about Kat’s early life and education are unknown.
Born in Miami, Kat had lived in Tampa her entire life. As she affirmed in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, she thought that the city was ‘a paradise’ while growing up, describing it as a city but ‘also a small town’ where she feels at home, despite having visited many other places.
According to Kat’s LinkedIn, she graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in English Language and Literature in 2017. She then worked at a Florida-based research center, while also attending law school, as she had wanted to have a career which her parents ‘would admire’, just as she told HGTV in 2021. However, Kat ended up choosing her passion for creating content online and entertaining people, after giving birth to her daughter in 2020.
Beginnings & Growth
Kat Stickler’s earliest videos on TikTok were posted in May 2020 under the handle mikeandkat. At the time, she was living in a small apartment with her toddler Mary-Katherine, and her former husband Michael, who was a huge part of the account as most of the content focused on Kat and him as they pranked each other. Back then, Kat’s maternity leave was unexpectedly extended due to the pandemic, leaving her with extra free time at home.
As Kat told HGTV, she had always wanted to become internet famous, but pushed that dream aside, thinking she was being ‘childish’ for it. Little did she know that she and Mike’s charisma and knack for comedy would attract widespread attention on the internet, gaining over three million subscribers by the end of 2020.
Their online fame brought them considerable income, and soon they had enough to quit their jobs and move to a house, leaving behind their 600sq ft apartment which didn’t have enough space to give their daughter a room. The Mike and Kat brand also expanded to Instagram and Facebook, though their TikTok success remained unsurpassed.
Change In Brand
While Mike and Kat’s rise to internet fame brought them many great things, the year 2021 was life-changing for them, as they announced their separation in March of that year.
From then on, there was no more Mike and Kat, and the accounts became solely focused on her. As Kat said in an interview with Elite Daily, she was initially afraid of attracting a negative response from her followers, seeing that Mike was no longer in the videos, and was also certain that she could keep creating content given how most of the ideas came from her.
Besides changing her user handler on every social media, Kat switched her focus from couples content to topics such as motherhood, single life, and divorce, always using her good humor to make every video relatable, sometimes even emotional. It was then that Kat released her ‘Hispanic Mom’ series, in which she impersonates her mother during funny situations.
Other highlights of Kat’s new content include her skits with her daughter Mary-Katherine, and other videos related to fashion, cooking and lifestyle, gaining over 10 million followers and almost 600 million likes on TikTok alone. Kat has also become bigger on other platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, on which she has 1.3 million followers combined. There’s also Kat’s YouTube channel, on which she chose a long video format to talk about her everyday life, create vlogs, and conduct interviews from time to time.
Becoming such a massive internet celebrity has opened many professional doors for Kat. For a start, in 2021 she and her then-still husband Mike became the hosts of the “HGTV Obsessed” podcast, created by the lifestyle TV network of the same name.
Though Mike and Kat’s eventual separation cut short their career as podcasters, that wasn’t the end. Kat now has the website Life With Kat, focused on lifestyle-themed blogs, on top of launching her LTK storefront, which lets her fans know which beauty products and clothing she uses.
In November 2023, Kat made her debut on TV by appearing in “Countdown to the Closing Bell”, though Kat had other big plans for the future. As she confessed in an interview with The House Magazine, her biggest dream is to join the cast of “Saturday Night Live”, given how the show has a special place in her heart from her childhood and has strongly influenced her love for comedy.
Marriage & Divorce
Kat and her former husband Michael had a whirlwind romance which resulted in the birth of their child Mary-Katherine. As the pair revealed during their earliest days on TikTok, they met, fell in love, and married in just three months.
Their pregnancy was also unexpected, but the couple remained together through all of it. As Kat told the Tampa Bay Times, she went through severe postpartum depression, which made her feel disconnected from her then-current life, leaving her to find solace in making people laugh through the internet.
Fast forward to early 2021, Kat and Mike seemed to be at the peak of their paths in content creation, yet their relationship was meant to end. When they announced their upcoming divorce through TikTok, Mike affirmed that Kat wasn’t ‘at fault’ for their situation, and that he had to sort out things about his personal life.
Despite the heartbreaking situation, it seems that Kat and Mike are on co-parenting terms. In October 2021, Kat started dating a man named Cam Winter, whose appearances in her videos were few and far between. The couple broke up in mid-August 2022, with Kat sharing the news on TikTok.
It’s unclear if she has a partner nowadays.
Appearance & Net Worth
Kat Stickler is a gorgeous woman who has brown eyes and brunette hair. She’s often praised for her stylish clothing and makeup choices, which combine comfort and glamor. Kat is 5ft 6ins (1.70m) tall, but her weight is unknown.
Kat’s current net worth is estimated at $600,000, resulting from her work as a content creator, sales from her online stores, and brand sponsorships. Though Kat used to work in a research center before rising to fame, her earnings from that time haven’t been included in this estimation, given how she has affirmed that her salary from those times was rather average, only letting her family afford to live in a small apartment. In 2023 she also revealed she’s been working towards buying a house.
While Kat’s net worth is already impressive, her fortune may increase as she keeps growing her social media presence.