Plenty of performers have left the porn industry, but not all of them have disappeared for good. Some, like Mia Khalifa and Lana Rhoades, are earning millions on OnlyFans
Away from the glamour of porn, another platform is rivalling the earnings of the adult industry’s best-paid stars
Porn work can be tough going and not all emerging stars can hack it for too long, so some stars have turned to OnlyFans. Men and women on the site have earned millions for their sexy snaps and videos.
The site allows its users to pursue their own work and their own scenes without the pressures of the industry that can be traumatising for some performers.
Former porn star Lana Rhoades revealed she once had to do a scene that involved her vomiting into a bowl after being gagged.
Lana said: “There were three to five that were really traumatic for me, whether it’s being sent to a set with someone who was way too old… or being pressured into doing something that I was scared of doing because it was too extreme.”
Now, Lana has earned millions on OnlyFans with complete control of her own work. So how much do stars like her earn after leaving the porn industry?
Which ex-porn stars make the most money on OnlyFans?
The highest-earning ex-porn stars on OnlyFans include the likes of Lana Rhoades.
It is no wonder that some porn stars prefer to flaunt their content on sites like OnlyFans, rather than going into the industry full time.
OnlyFans received a huge amount of backlash when it tried to ban pornography on the site, despite the business becoming known primarily for allowing sex workers on its platform.
Lana Rhoades’ OnlyFans earnings
Lana Rhoades has been raking in the cash since she quit the porn industry.
She told YouTube channel BFFs with Dave Portnoy and Josh Richards: “I probably had $100,000 [£71,000] in my bank account when I quit shooting porn and now I’m a multi-millionaire.”
Having a whopping 16.7 million followers on Instagram is estimated to earn her around £21,000 per post, while she also has 25,000 followers on OnlyFans.
Her astronomical net worth, according to Techie + Gamers, is believed to be upwards of £19million.
Belle Delphine’s OnlyFans earnings
Belle Delphine hasn’t done badly for someone who had to drop out of school thanks to bullying, earning millions (Image: Wikipedia)
OK, so not technically an ex-porn star, Belle recently returned to the internet after a long break.
Famous for her Pornhub account and selling ‘GamerGirl Bath Water’ to lusting fans, the e-girl revealed on Logan Paul’s podcast, Impaulsive, the astronomical amount she earns every month from selling her content.
She said: “I’ll just say it, I think the main people on OnlyFans are roughly earning the same, I think, from what I know, and at the moment it’s like [£800,000] a month.”
As a “weird” kid, Belle hasn’t done badly for someone who dropped out of school at the age of 14 thanks to bullying. People at her school didn’t take too kindly to some of the more offensive jokes she was posting at the time.
Belle revealed that a thread started online with some dark jokes saying they “love” cancer.
She explained: “Basically this joke was a string of ironic comments. The initial thread started with someone saying, ‘I love cancer.’ So people were saying, like, ‘I love cancer because you can get a free wig.’
“I said, ‘I love cancer because you can go to Disneyland.'”
Mia Khalifa’s OnlyFans earnings
Mia now earns a huge amount from OnlyFans (Image: @miakhalifa/Jam Press)
Despite her popularity, Mia Khalifa did not earn all that much from her short career in porn, cashing in around £8,000. She is now believed to bring in around £4.85mil a month on OnlyFans.
More moderate estimates of her wealth from Wealthy Gorilla puts her total net worth at £2.43mil.
She said: “People think I’m racking in millions from porn. Completely untrue. I made a total of [£8,000] in the industry and never saw a penny again after that. Difficulty finding a normal job after quitting porn was… scary.”
Mia shot to fame in 2014 and became Pornhub’s most searched for porn star, but things quickly went south.
Eventually, Mia cited threats from the terrorist group ISIS as a reason for stepping away and she has also spoken about the pressures and “intimidation” of the porn industry.
She told The Forward podcast hosted by Lance Armstrong: “It all started to spiral out of control when the death threats from ISIS started coming in.
“That’s when I stepped away… Looking back on it, I don’t know what I was thinking… I was 21 and dumb… I just wanted to let loose and rebel.”