A Mormon influencer has ignited a scandal online after alleging that she and her soon-to-be ex-husband were ‘soft swinging’ with friends in their Utah community, claiming they aren’t the only ones getting divorced over the drama.
Taylor Frankie Paul, 28, has blown up #MomTok — a group of TikTok content creators who are mostly Mormon — after announcing on the platform that she and her husband, Tate Paul, are getting a divorce.
‘In my twenties, getting divorced, started therapy, living on my own for the first time ever along with two kids,’ she captioned the clip from May 20, which shows her standing alone in her empty house amid her move.
Three days later, she alluded to even more drama when she posted footage of herself lying in bed and packing moving boxes.
‘My entire life is falling apart,’ she wrote in the on-screen text. ‘And I can’t even speak on why… without bringing them down with me.’
Taylor Frankie Paul, 28, has blown up #MomTok after claiming in a TikTok Live that she and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Tate Paul, were ‘soft swinging’ with friends in their Utah community
According to the Mormon influencer, their friend group had an agreement that they would switch partners but not ‘go all the way,’ which is known as a ‘soft swap’
Taylor admitted she ‘did step out of that agreement’ when she got drunk and went off with a friend’s husband, but she noted that ‘everyone has hooked up with everyone in this situation’
Taylor and Tate have two young children together, a daughter, Indy, and a son, Ocean, and she painted a rosier picture of their separation in a follow-up video.
The short clip started with throwback photos of Taylor with Tate in happier times and ended with footage of them packing up their house.
‘Excited to co-parent with my best friend,’ she wrote in the caption.
However, Tate didn’t appear to feel the same way, and he deleted all photos and videos of Taylor from his social media pages.
Fans didn’t know what to think as there has long been speculation that their family life is scripted. Some thought the divorce announcement was a publicity stunt, and the couple was really moving into a new home together.
Taylor is known for having a strange sense of humor, and she has joked about swinging and not believing in monogamy in previous videos.
Taylor dropped the bombshell that she and Tate are getting divorced in a TikTok video she posted on May 20. The clip shows her standing in her empty home ahead of her move
Three days later, she alluded to even more drama when she posted footage of herself lying in bed and packing moving boxes
Taylor claimed in another clip that she was ‘excited to co-parent’ with Tate following their divorce. They share daughter, Indy, and a son, Ocean
She’s also made video in which she claimed she was 50 and that two of the women in her #MomTok crew were her 25-year-old twin daughters.
As rumors swirled that Taylor had been unfaithful, other moms in their content-creation group allegedly unfollowed her and liked comments that suggested she had cheated on her husband, according to Rolling Stone.
In a bombshell livestream on TikTok, Taylor opened up about her divorce, claiming that she and Tate were soft-swinging with their friends.
According to Taylor’s account, their friend group had an agreement that they would switch partners but not ‘go all the way,’ which is known as a ‘soft swap.’
‘We had an agreement, like all of us, and I did step out of that agreement,’ she admitted. ‘That’s where I messed up, and I, obviously, am losing everything that I have, so that is true.’
Taylor alleged that she and the other wives in the group would make out with each other and each other’s husbands when they were drinking
Taylor is known for having a strange sense of humor, and she has joked about swinging and not believing in monogamy in previous videos
She’s also made video in which she claimed she was 50 and that two of the women in her #MomTok crew were her 25-year-old twin daughters
Taylor (pictured with her fellow #MomTokers) refused to name names, but she stressed that fans could easily figure out which couples were in her alleged swinging group
‘No one was innocent. Everyone has hooked up with everyone in this situation,’ she claimed. ‘So, yes, I’m getting shunned for doing that, but it wasn’t like I was going around hooking up with my friend’s husband.
‘We were at a party, I got belligerent, and we went and messed [around] by ourselves rather than with the whole group,’ she explained, insisting it was a ‘one-time thing.’
‘I was friends with these people, and we spent a lot of time together. We were intimate on several occasions, she added. ‘It sucks that I have to admit this because…no one really wants to admit they’re involved in something like that.’
Taylor noted that she and Tate had other issues in their marriage before they separated, but ‘this was like the tip of the iceberg.’
‘Tate has made out with several girls and [done] other things, and I’ve made out with all of the husbands and [done] other things,’ she added.
She refused to name names, but she stressed that fans could easily figure out which couples she was referring to in the TikTok Live.
Taylor noted that she and Tate had other issues in their marriage before they separated, but ‘this was like the tip of the iceberg’
‘Tate has made out with several girls and [done] other things, and I’ve made out with all of the husbands and [done] other things,’ she said
The mother of two did, however, claim Camille Munday and her husband, Sam, were not a part of the swinging because they brought ‘too much drama’ and Camille didn’t want to be involved.
Taylor made it clear she has nothing to lose at this point, saying she and Tate had told their families everything that had happened. She admitted her parents were ‘disgusted’ by the revelation.
She insisted that she has proof of her swinging claims in the form of videos and texts if she ever needs it.
Taylor also alleged that there are ‘three divorces in the friend group,’ but one of the breakups is not related to the swinging situation
‘They’re going to deny it, and that’s fine,’ she said. ‘I’m speaking my truth, and they can speak theirs.’
There is now an entire subreddit dedicated to ‘Taylor Paul Drama,’ including a lengthy recap of everything that had gone down the week before
Miranda Hope McWhorter claimed she and her husband, Chase, were not involved in the alleged swinging, according to TikTok user @gossipingviv
Whitney Leavitt hit back at the rumors on TikTok. ‘It’s so interesting to me that people are asking Taylor to basically “clear” their name,’ she said. ‘I’m like f**k that. I’ll clear my own name’
Taylor shared a video of herself falling onto her kitchen counter and banging her fist last week, writing, ‘Every time I open Reddit and search my name.’
And she’s not the only one being affected.
In addition to Camille and Sam, Brayden and Mckenna Rowley; Selver and Victoria Zalic; Chase and Miranda Hope McWhorter; and Conner and Whitney Leavitt are among the names that have been mentioned in regards to the alleged swinging.
Many of them have taken to TikTok to deny any involvement with the scandal, including Miranda.
TikTok user @gossipingviv shared a screenshot of one of Miranda’s comments claiming she and her husband, Chase, ‘definitely were not involved.’
Miranda also denied the allegations in her own TikTok Live, claiming that she and Taylor had a falling out because she started a rumor that Chase had feelings for her.
Amid rumors that Taylor was hit with a cease and desist letter, she took to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday to say that she had spoken to her legal team
Meanwhile, Whitney hit back at the rumors in a clip she posted on her own TikTok page last week amid the drama.
‘It’s so interesting to me that people are asking Taylor to basically “clear” their name,’ she said. ‘I’m like f**k that. I’ll clear my own name’
‘I don’t even know why MomTok was mentioned,’ she added. ‘I am not a swinger. I have never swang, and, hey, if you’re a swinger and you want to swing, then you do you. But that’s not me and Conner.’
Amid rumors that Taylor was hit with a cease and desist letter, she took to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday to say that she had spoken to her legal team.
‘Good morning,’ she wrote. ‘I first off wanted to thank my family for being so supportive during this time. Holy s**, family is everything. Also thank you to everyone else checking in without any judgement. I see you, I hear you. I’m overwhelmed though.
‘After talking with my legal team I have all rights to share MY story if wanted,’ she added. ‘However, I feel that I shared a part and will not be sharing anything else from here on out.’