Sunday 9 December, 2018

Saving Superwoman: Youtuber takes break for mental health

Lilly Singh aka Superwoman

Lilly Singh aka Superwoman

Superwoman is quitting YouTube, for now.

The YouTube star, real name Lilly Singh, announced that she will be taking a break from the platform that has made her famous and wealthy.

Stating that her decision is no way a reflection of YouTube and Team Super, Singh said her mental health is the primary reason for her hiatus.

“I am mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted,” she said, noting that she has been doing it for eight years.

“I always preach that you should be happy and you should take care of yourself and what kind of person I would be if I preach that and didn’t actually practice it. I don’t want to be a hypocrite, I could be happier, I am not my optimal happiest right now. I could be mentally healthier. I don’t feel I am completely mentally healthy think there is a lot going on up there that needs to be addressed that I am not able to constantly pumping out content,” she said.

The Canadian-born YouTuber, rated by Forbes in 2016 as the highest-earning woman on YouTube, said another reason for her break is the quality of her content.

“I haven’t been super happy with a lot of the content I’ve created. YouTube in all its glory it kind of is a machine and it makes creators believe that we have to pump out content consistently even at the cost of our mental health and our happiness cause if you don’t you will become irrelevant,” she said.

Singh, a close friend of soca star Machel Montano, said though she still loves YouTube she doesn’t understand the platform anymore and she needs to take a break to re-evaluate her legacy and what she defines as success.

Singh, who is also a New York Times Bestselling author, said she is also taking time to focus on her production company and all her other activities such as her speaking engagements, merchandise and social work.

Singh said she does not know how long she would stay away.

“It might be a one week break, it might be a one month break, I am not putting any rules on it,” she said.

Since her announcement, fans have given support to Singh, applauding her decision.

“Your happiness comes first. It's a decision you made and it's a good one bc we truly just want you to be your happiest self. YouTube did change, a lot. We definitely see that. So we understand the fact that you, a creator, want to take a step back We'll be waiting for you,” assured one fan.

“oh baby, you said it yourself - every step you take - we support you a 100% and this is no exception. you can take as much time as you need and i promise we’ll be there waiting right where we left off. you will forever be the light of our lives. love you heaps and loads,” said another.

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