- YouTube star Lilly Singh is taking a break from the video platform.
- She cited he mental health and burnout as the major reasons she’s stepping away from the site.
- “I could be mentally healthier. I don’t feel like I’m really mentally healthy,” she said.
- She isn’t the first YouTube celebrity to leave because of burnout.
Lilly Singh, once of YouTube’s biggest stars, says she’s taking a break from the grind of making videos for the site.
Singh often creates multiple videos a day, and she didn’t say how long she’d step away for.
“I am mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted,” she said in a farewell video.
Singh, who goes by the moniker IISuperwomanII on the site, is one of YouTube’s biggest stars. She has nearly 14.5 million subscribers on her account, where she makes comedy skits and personal vlogs, and is one of its highest-paid celebrities.
She’s the latest YouTube star to cite the exhausting effect making YouTube videos has on her mental health. In the past few months, stars including Jake Paul to PewDiePie have stepped away for weeks at a time, citing burnout. It’s a shift from a different kind of culture where some of them posted videos on a daily basis nonstop for years.
“I could be happier. I don’t think I’m at my optimal happiness right now,” she said. “I could be mentally healthier. I don’t feel like I’m really mentally healthy. I think there’s a lot going on up here that I need to address, and I’m not really able to be constantly pumping out content.”
Singh credited the problem to the punishing pace of making daily videos and keeping up with the whim’s of YouTube’s viewership community. It’s a struggle for YouTube creators to keep up with the site’s rapid growth and capture it into their own audiences.
“[YouTube is] kind of a machine,” Singh said. “And it makes creators believe we need to pump out content consistently, even at the cost of our life and our mental health and our happiness. because if you don’t, you’ll become irrelevant.”
Singh said she’ll focus on some of her other projects in the meantime. She has a production company, and has appeared in some Hollywood projects, including “Bad Mums,” HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451” adaptation, and “Ice Age: Collision Course.”