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TikTok Star Galey Alix Lands Her Own HGTV Show: ‘I Am Beside Myself’

Galey Alix has many titles: social media influencer, interior designer, Wall Street executive and now HGTV host. The network just announced that it has signed a deal with Alix, who has revealed to her millions of followers that filming has already begun for her new series.

Galey Alix has amassed millions of followers on Tik Tok and Instagram, and has posted quick videos revealing stunning interior design makeovers that she usually completes — with a team of helpers — over a weekend at her clients’ homes. Her videos have generated over 500 million views.

But on September 22, 2022, Alix made her own big reveal, announcing that she was in the process of filming the first season of her new show on HGTV, which will premiere in Spring 2023.

On TikTok, she told her nearly three million followers — whom she calls her “hearts” — that their support and enthusiasm for her projects helped land her on the show. She wrote, “I’m beside myself + more than grateful for every comment and as you all have made…that’s why this is happening.”

Alix shared an emotional post on Instagram about her journey to reach this milestone after a tumultuous few years in which she faced an eating disorder and broken engagement mid-career.

“I don’t know much, but what I’ve learned from this experience is that if you ever feel like life is burying you … chances are you’re just a seed being planted,” she wrote. “Life challenges us… and as a result, we leave with depth, greater compassion for others who are fighting, and an innate appreciation for experiencing laughter again. I built this business to see families smile when I surprise them because it made me feel alive again.”

On the Talking Out Loud podcast with Denae Mercer in February 2021, Alix candidly shared about the challenges that led to her becoming known for transforming people’s spaces. In 2019, she said, she confessed to her fiancé that she had been hiding an eating disorder and needed his help to find help. He felt caught off guard and ended their engagement, which crushed her.

Alix, a vice president at Goldman Sachs, immediately left their 10,000-square-foot Connecticut home, which she had furnished in an effort to create the “perfect” home. She moved back to her native Florida where she began treatment for her eating disorder.

A friend who saw her post on Instagram decorating asked if she could do the same kind of transformation in their home. Alix said that, despite having no training and never watching a decorating show, she happily joined in, diving into the project around the clock for three days while her boyfriend’s family went to Disney World. The transformation got them excited, but Alix said it changed her too.

“I have spent much of my life perfecting myself, probably due to extreme insecurity where I feel like I’m not good enough, I’m not smart enough, I’m not successful enough, I’m not good enough am. enough,” she told Mercer.

Through therapy and the project at her friend’s house, Alix realized she could use all that energy she’d spent lowering herself to help others feel good in their spaces. That, in turn, made her feel good about herself. She went on to transform, filming 42 more spaces before bringing together a team of people she loves to help her with the makeovers.

“Life challenges us… and as a result, we leave with depth, greater compassion for others who are fighting, and an innate appreciation for experiencing laughter again. I built this business to see families smile when I surprise them , because I felt alive again,” she wrote in her September 22 Instagram post.

“After I lost everything (especially my health), this gave me a purpose to live and take better care of myself,” she continued. “Smiling from ear to ear as I watch the sun rise on a Sunday morning while I was still at work assured me that I had truly found my passion. I beg you to pursue what gives you energy…that way you will never tire. And falling in love with every heart I’ve brought into my team… feels very much like I’ve finally started a family of my own. So don’t get too attached to standard definitions of your dreams, you could achieve them all, just in a different way.”

On September 23, Alix posted a photo to her Instagram Stories of a film crew working on the second episode of her upcoming HGTV show. But she plans to keep her full-time finance job.

Alix also has a thriving relationship with Dale Moss, who had a much-discussed and tumultuous relationship with Clare Crawley after they met on “The Bachelorette” in 2020, according to E! News.

On the same night of her HGTV announcement, she posted two videos to her Instagram Stories of a surprise dinner she hosted for Moss. She wrote more than one video, in which she leans over Moss as the Cranberries’ song “Kiss Me” plays “Happy birthday my love.”

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