The parents of YouNow singer Hannah Stone have told how their daughter was plunged into a deep depression in the weeks before she took her own life after learning that rival social media star Danielle Bregoli had landed a huge record deal.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com Leonard and Angela Stone reveal how the news of Bregoli's multi-million dollar deal in September 2017 devastated 16-year-old Hannah, who was already traumatized from a sex attack earlier that year.
Rival teenage star Bregoli, of Cash Me Ousside fame, had bagged a lucrative recording contract with Atlantic Records under the stage name Bhad Bhabie.
The parents of YouNow singer Hannah Stone told DailyMail.com how rival social media star Danielle Bregoli's record deal in September devastated their daughter before she took her own life in October
Bregoli, of Cash Me Ousside fame, had bagged a lucrative recording contract with Atlantic Records under the stage name Bhad Bhabie in mid-September
Hannah's parents, Angela and Leonard Stone (pictured), said Bregoli's multi-million dollar record deal devastated their 16-year-old daughter, who was already traumatized from a sex attack earlier that year
Bregoli's career has since gone from strength to strength, this week landing a top female rap artist nomination for the upcoming Billboard Awards.
And the 15-year-old performer, who took social media by storm with her foul-mouthed outburst on Dr Phil back in 2016, is currently on a 32-stop North American tour that is quickly selling out.
But hearing of Bregoli's initial success last year, Hannah realized that her own dream of becoming a recording artist might never materialize.
It's only now her parents are learning the heartbreaking truth behind their daughter's October 2017 death.
They claim that in the weeks before she died Hannah had also revealed to them that she had been raped by a stranger at a social media convention in Washington state. She gave limited details.
However, the teen, while deeply affected by the rape, had seemed to be content within herself and apparently able to cope with the horrific event.
But on September 16, 2017, the day after Bregoli's deal was announced, Hannah saw the news on Instagram and it hit like an atomic bomb.
'"Cash Me Outside" Girl Inks Record Deal,' one headline read on September 15th.
'Danielle Bregoli just scored it big with Atlantic Records,' read another.
The female rapper joined the ranks of Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa and Cardi B in what was a huge deal for someone so young.
'The Bregoli deal broke Hannah's heart, she was devastated, it was at that moment she realized that her own dream might not come true,' explained dad Leonard from his home in Whitesboro, upstate New York.
Hearing of Bregoli's initial success last year, Hannah realized that her own dream of becoming a recording artist may never materialize. And Hannah's parents claim that in the weeks before she died, their daughter had also revealed to them that she had been raped by a stranger at a social media convention in Washington state in the Spring of 2017
'It hurts, I'm beyond words or any emptiness or pain you can imagine,' he added. 'I'm still coming to terms with her death.'
On learning the news Hannah posted on Twitter: 'I'll never be able to describe how sorry I am.'
At the time few understood the tweet.
It later transpired that the teen saw her rival's success as her own failure because Bregoli's manager, music entrepreneur Adam Kluger, had once advised Hannah on her own singing career.
According to Leonard seeing Kluger posed up smiling next to Bregoli 'pushed her overboard' and blighted Hannah's final weeks.
'I have absolutely no doubt in my mind what was her tipping point,' Leonard said.
'She reached breaking point over her career as a singer, simple as that,' he added. 'It was her dream and in her mind it had come to an end. It's heartbreaking, I'm beyond words.'
Mom Angela added: 'Once the depression started, everything - things just started to bubble to the top.
'The rape came up, all her problems. Everything contributed to her depression and it led to her death.'
Hannah was an incredibly talented singer who became a huge success on social media, amassing more than 375,000 fans on broadcasting site YouNow.
It later transpired that the teen saw her rival's success as her own failure because Bregoli's manager, music entrepreneur Adam Kluger, had once advised Hannah on her own singing career. Bregoli is pictured center above with Kluger (third from left) and several others at Bregoli's record presentation in March
She also boasted more than 81,000 followers on Instagram – impressive for a 16-year-old girl.
She wrote her own lyrics, and her original song, the 5quad song, has been viewed by 72,000 people.
But while her social media presence was rapidly expanding Hannah struggled to land a recording deal.
Mom Angela, who is separated from Leonard, witnessed first hand their daughter deteriorate.
But she said that the sex attack did have had an impact on her state of mind as well.
Angela said: 'She was already depressed about what happened with Danielle Bregoli, that's the bottom line, she became a different person, but there were obviously other factors in play.
'I remember she came home from her work at a Halloween store at the beginning of October, she no longer had the capacity to function.
'I asked her what was wrong and that's when she started about the rape in Washington and said she was never gonna sing again. I was in complete shock.'
Hannah made her last Instagram post on October 14 when she posted a photo of herself with the caption: 'Officially on do not disturb mode from now on.'
On October 18, the teen made her final YouNow stream as she played the piano and sang to her fans.
After that Hannah took a break from social media.
Leonard, Angela and the rest of Hannah's family were left numb and in utter shock by the sudden loss, while her friends and legion of fans were equally devastated. Hannah is pictured above in her younger years with her mother
Hannah (center, in her younger years) has two older siblings. Brittany (right), 26, lives in Pennsylvania and Garrett (left), 19, who lives at home with dad in Whitesboro
Hannah (left in both photos with her brother and sister) made her last Instagram post on October 14, about two weeks before she committed suicide. On October 18, the teen made her final YouNow stream as she played the piano and sang to her fans
But in heartbreaking text messages Hannah sent to