The 'Nobody's Gonna Know' TikTok Audio, Explained

Before TikTok became the platform for viral memes and dance trends, Vine was the place to be. Founded in 2012, the social media platform eventually found itself under Twitter's ownership just a few months prior to its launch. It quickly became immensely popular, and even made the career's of some of YouTube's biggest stars like Jake Paul and David Dobrik. But in October 2016, the app saw its demise (via The Verge) and its creators migrated to other platforms.

TikTok would eventually fill that void, and has since become the place where viral audio-centric memes have taken force. One soundbite that has total Vine energy is the "nobody's gonna know" audio, which you've heard at least once by now even if you aren't that active on the app. But where did actually originate from in the first place, and how did it become such a popular clip to use?

The soundbite has amassed thousands of shares on TikTok

Funnily enough, the "nobody's gonna know" audio clip actually came from the app itself. Thanks to some internet sleuthing by The Tab, they discovered that the sound originates from TikTok user @cgleason22. With 132.2 K followers, skit comedian Chris Gleason uploaded a video in 2020 with the caption: "me debating myself on whether or not i should make a fake account just to post comments on my videos" (via TikTok). In the clip, the debate in question consists of Gleason arguing with himself that "nobody's gonna know" if he does post comments.

Watching that video, you'll notice something else — the backing music. According to Know Your Meme, this soundbite is taken from the American reality show "Bad Girls Club," which makes Gleason's argument with himself even more dramatic than it already is. This combo obviously resonated with TikTok's audience, as its gained 1.3 million likes and 30,000 shares on the app. And that's not even including the countless other videos using the clip to different scenarios (via YouTube).