Ian Somerhalder and Tard the Grumpy Cat (Instagram)
Even celebrities at the huge Austin, Texas, event are clamoring to meet Grumpy Cat. Watch out Nina Dobrev … because your boyfriend and "Vampire Diaries" co-star, Ian Somerhalder, is getting in the action, even Instagramming a pic of himself with the ferocious feline! "Me and my new love…" he teased.
For those not familiar with Grumpy Cat, here's a quick lesson: She's an 11-month-old, mixed breed feline from Morristown, Arizona, whose real name is Tardar Sauce (a.k.a.: Tard), and she's famous for the pouty "nothing impresses me" face with which she was born.
Owner Tabatha Bundesen with Grumpy Cat (Amy E. Price/Getty Images)
If you're looking for numbers, Grumpy Cat's website gets around 1.5 million unique user hits a month. Her Facebook page has more than 600,000 "Likes," she has a YouTube channel with more than 90,000 subscribers and 15 million video views, and too many Twitter accounts to keep track of -- although, the official one, has over 50,000 followers.
Just one example of one of his funnier tweeted pictures this past week:
— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) March 2, 2013
According to CNN, the Bundesens won't say how much money they've made off Tard, although it's in "the mid-five figures." They're also very sensitive about being accused of exploiting her, so she's only available to the public for a few hours a day.
So, what's next for Tard the Grumpy Cat? The sky's the limit for online cat memes, and Tard's the current it-girl goddess. She's already got Somerhalder wrapped around her paw. Rocker Andrew W.K. tweeted that he was "partying hard" with Grumpy Cat at SXSW (check out the hilarious pic on his Flickr!). So, who will be next?
Tard, wanna meet Timberlake?
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