‘Best party crasher ever’: How Maria Oliveira befriended Brazilian pop star Anitta

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Anitta, one of many hottest feminine pop stars on the earth, posted a video on her Instagram story the morning of April 3. Within the clip, Anitta was in a mattress, nonetheless sporting the identical outfit she wore the night time earlier than at her unique celebration in Las Vegas.

Speaking into her smartphone digital camera, Anitta appealed to her 62 million Instagram followers. There was a girl, she stated, who crashed her occasion as an uninvited visitor, and she or he wished to seek out out who she was. There was no malice in Anitta’s voice. The Brazilian recording artist appreciated the occasion crasher a lot that she wished to ask her to exit along with her and her buddies once more later that night time.

“I do not know who she is or how she crashed the occasion,” Anitta stated within the Instagram video, translated into English. “We realized she was a celebration crasher, however she was so enjoyable and we liked her and all of us danced till the occasion was over. We need to know who you might be. … The place are you lady? We liked you and we would like you to exit with us tonight!”

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Anitta posted one other clip of her and the occasion crasher dancing collectively on the occasion. Inside seconds of the Instagram tales going reside, the occasion crasher’s telephone began to ding as folks acknowledged her and began tagging her on Anitta’s web page.

The crasher? UFC girls’s strawweight Maria Oliveira.

Oliveira, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, resides in Las Vegas and trains on the UFC Efficiency Institute. Oliveira fights Saturday at UFC Austin towards countrywoman Gloria de Paula. However the final two months of her life have been a whirlwind — from crashing Anitta’s occasion to turning into buddies with the well-known musician to gaining a whole bunch of hundreds of Instagram followers virtually in a single day.

It has been rather a lot to absorb for a 25-year-old Brazilian fighter who remembers dancing to Anitta’s hit single, “Present das Poderosas,” as a teen with schoolmates again in 2013.

“Everybody wished to bop like her,” Oliveira instructed ESPN by way of an interpreter. “Everybody wished to be her. I used to bop with my buddies. I bear in mind telling my buddies, ‘Think about if Anitta sees us and the way properly we dance and the way a lot we love her.’ It is loopy to suppose I have been to her concert events and I have been along with her and left along with her and I used to be so near her. So, that is fairly loopy to me, attending to know her.”

Oliveira has been an unlimited fan of Anitta for the reason that starting of the pop star’s profession. She used to ship Anitta direct messages on Instagram telling her how a lot she liked her dancing and her music.

So, when Oliveira came upon that Anitta could be having her celebration on April 2 in Las Vegas — the place Oliveira has been dwelling quickly due to her MMA profession — she knew she needed to see her. The placement of the occasion was a secret, however Oliveira (with an help from teammate and former UFC girls’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade) scoured the Instagram pages of Anitta and Anitta’s buddies for clues as to the place it could be.

Maria Oliveira will look to win her first UFC combat on Saturday towards Gloria de Paula. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLFC

Oliveira acknowledged a few of the areas the place Anitta’s buddies have been posting from and narrowed down the placement to the Park MGM resort and on line casino. Oliveira and a pal started to dress and prepared with the expectation that they may have the ability to crash the occasion. They arrived on the Park MGM and walked across the property till they noticed a membership that seemed just like the one from the Instagram posts of Anitta’s buddies. As they obtained nearer, Oliveira heard Brazilian funk music pumping from the audio system — she knew she had discovered the one.

Then, there was the matter of getting in. Oliveira stated she watched the three safety guards working the door to see their course of. One was checking the visitor record, one other was stamping arms and one other was checking the stamps. As soon as she understood the workflow, Oliveira noticed a gaggle of males and slipped into line with them as if she was of their occasion. It labored. She obtained her hand stamped and entered the membership earlier than anybody realized she was not with these males. Oliveira’s pal, sadly, was not in a position to sneak in. Oliveira must proceed on her mission with out her.

“I simply wished to bop and see Anitta,” Oliveira stated. “I did not want to fulfill her. I simply wished to see her shut. I do know she does not like individuals who crash her events and actually she kicks folks out. She does not prefer it and that is one thing all people is aware of.”

It wasn’t an enormous occasion, however as soon as she entered, Anitta was seen instantly. Oliveira obtained a drink to mix in, although she did not drink any of it in case she acquired a name from the UFC about an upcoming combat. After which she began dancing.

Anitta, Oliveira stated, was in a gaggle with different well-known stars just like the deejay Diplo, Venezuelan influencer Lele Pons and Brazilian actress Agatha Moreira. However, Oliveira stated, “I may solely see Anitta.” The issue was, Oliveira wanted to remain underneath the radar. She did not need Anitta to see her, understand she wasn’t invited to the occasion after which kick her out.

“I used to be dancing the entire time,” Oliveira stated. “Many occasions she got here near me and I might flip my head.”

However Oliveira continued dancing. As one in every of Anitta’s songs performed, Oliveira began dancing close to the ground like Anitta does in her music movies. When she seemed up, she realized a girl was dancing along with her.

“And who was on the highest of me?” Oliveira stated. “Anitta. She was actually behind me on the highest of me dancing. … I froze. Like, ‘Oh my gosh, Anitta is correct behind me. She’s dancing with me. That is loopy.'”

After sneaking into Anitta’s occasion, UFC strawweight Maria Oliveira was provided a possibility to journey the world with the Brazilian pop star’s entourage. Maria Oliveira

Oliveira climbed up on prime of a speaker and began dancing on it, however she stated safety instructed her to get off. Then, she obtained Anitta to hitch her on the speaker, and the 2 danced collectively. Anitta talked about that second in her Instagram video, as properly.

“Here is the lesson from this lady to all: if you wish to be a celebration crasher go along with a superb vibe like that,” Anitta stated. “My buddies are speaking to me right here and saying that all of them thought she was my pal as a result of she was enjoyable and getting together with everybody. If you wish to crash a celebration be like that. Do not go to unfold gossip afterwards.”

Oliveira did not get to speak to Anitta that night time, as they left the occasion individually. However the next day, after phrase obtained out that Oliveira was the crasher, Anitta despatched her a voice message on Instagram by way of a pal. Anitta and her buddies wished Oliveira to exit with them that night time — and she or he did.

The 2 have saved in contact through Instagram, and Anitta invited Oliveira to the Billboard Music Awards along with her in Las Vegas. Anitta carried out on the present. Oliveira met her on the lodge, watched her get her hair and make-up executed after which took within the efficiency on the MGM Grand Backyard Area. Oliveira stated Anitta discovered it fascinating she was a UFC fighter, telling all her buddies that and asking “a whole lot of questions” about her MMA profession. Anitta even provided Oliveira a job to hitch her and her staff on the highway.

“I thought of it, however I’ve my profession,” Oliveira stated. “In fact, I nonetheless give it some thought. So long as it does not damage my profession, it could be very fascinating.”

The weekend of Anitta’s celebration, Oliveira gained 107,000 followers on Instagram. She has since gone out with folks she met with Anitta, together with well-known Brazilian pop star MC Rebecca.

Oliveira stated her followers have dropped in the previous couple of weeks as she’s gotten deeper into her coaching camp for UFC Austin. She joked that juggling her newfound influencer fame and budding combat profession has been troublesome. Oliveira is 12-5 as an expert MMA fighter and is attempting to rebound from a loss to Tabatha Ricci final October in her UFC debut.

The one factor she does not have to fret about is sneaking into one other gathering hosted by Anitta or her buddies.

“Subsequent 12 months, she’ll be invited to my occasion. She will not be a celebration crasher anymore,” Anitta stated on Instagram. “We discovered the occasion crasher. She defined how she crashed the occasion. She’s superb. She took care of my tremendous drunk buddies.

“Finest occasion crasher ever.”

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