Zoella Reveals How Skyping Cameron Diaz Stopped Her Quitting YouTube
She might be the biggest YouTuber in the UK right now, but with all those free lipsticks Zoella gets sent comes a whole load of pressure. And now she's opened up about the slightly unexpected celebrity who's helped her come to terms with the pressures of a huge fanbase combined with a media who aren't always that encouraging of YouTubing talent.
As it turns out, we've got got Cameron Diaz to thank for helping Zoe deal with the expectations of internet fame and as she's revealed in a new Q+A, the pair spent several hours talking it out on Skype during a particularly low point Zoe was experiencing a couple of years ago.
Asked if sometimes she wishes she could live a life without YouTube and fame, Zoe had a surprising response, saying: “The really short answer to this is yes, sometimes I would like to live that life. A couple of years ago, I actually very nearly stopped [filming]. Like, altogether stopped. I don’t think anyone would have guessed it because I still vlogged.
“I think it was the lowest point, one of the lowest points of my entire life," she continued. "And it wasn’t about this whole thing. It was more about me not feeling like I could handle it, or that I was worthy of it, and the pressure of everything just got so much.”
But it turns out that a talk with a woman who understands the pressures and responsibilities of fame helped her reassess how to make things work.
“When I was struggling with that stuff, Cameron Diaz actually Sykped me...and that is something I’ve never shared before, but it was such a huge help," Zoe said. “She Sykped me for, like, an hour and a half, and we just talked, and she coached me. She basically gave me the best tips that I have carried with me in order to get back to a good place.
“It is weird being well-known. It’s weird. It’s not something you can learn anywhere, so to have her give up some of her time to speak to me meant the world to me, and she is honestly one of the loveliest people in the world.”
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