Millionaire vlogger Zoella has bravely opened up about her anxiety and imposter syndrome in an honest Instagram post.
Zoella, real named Zoe Sugg, told her 10 million followers that she was having ‘major impostor syndrome at the moment’ in a candid post this week.
Brighton-based Zoella, who recently celebrated 10 years of her YouTube channel, wrote:’ I’m constantly doubting everything I’ve achieved, everything I’m working on business wise and everything I’m working on in my personal life.
‘Even down to second guessing if I should have said certain things, or “did I do that properly”.’
YouTube sensation Zoella, 28, from Brighton took to Instagram to share her mental health struggles on Monday, writing: ‘I’m constantly doubting everything I’ve achieved’
In her post Zoella details her anxieties, revealing she is ‘doubting everything she’s achieved’
She brands it ‘bloody annoying’ and goes on to write ‘it’s such a peculiar feeling and nothing I do seems to make it less so.’
At the end of her post, she asked her followers to share how they were feeling, writing ‘a problem shared is a problem halved after all’.
Zoella, who has an estimated £2.5million net worth, went on to write that she was panicking about getting older, writing: ‘I’m 29 next month! I feel like OMG I have a year until I’m 30 and I don’t feel 30, what do I need to have done by 30!!!!!’
WHAT IS IMPOSTER SYNDROME?
Impostor syndrome is not in fact a ‘syndrome’ in the clinical sense, but rather a term coined to describe a nagging feeling of self-doubt and fear that a person is not what people perceive them to be.
Impostor syndrome was first described in a 1978 study that defines the phenomenon as ‘an internal experience of intellectual phonies, which appears to be particularly prevalent and intense among a select sample of high achieving women.’
The post received over 230,000 likes and deluge of support from Zoella’s followers.
Fellow bloggers tried to comfort the star, with Olivia Purvis writing that she has imposter syndrome: ‘All the time. Even this week I was like ‘Oh god I’m in the wrong career’.
Fashion blogger Emma Sheldon wrote: ‘I completely agree with you.
‘I think it’s made harder because everything you do in this world now is judged by someone so it makes it scarier.’
Zoella, who shot to fame with her YouTube channel a decade ago, is one of the most popular vloggers on the platform, with a total of 15 million subscribers across two channels.
She is well known for her candid approach to mental health issues and has opened up in the past about the struggles she faces.
In August 2018 she took to Instagram to say that even though she has been working through her issues for three and a half years, she still succumbs to feeling ‘frustrated and deflated’ and can ‘beat herself up’ as a result.
Zoella with brother and fellow YouTuber Joe Sugg, who recently took part in Strictly Come Dancing
The YouTube star went on to write that she was worrying about turning 30, posting: ‘I don’t feel 30, what do I need to have done by 30!’
She wrote: ‘Those mountains are still there & they are tough to climb on some days.’
And in March of last year, Zoe revealed to Glamour that she has has weekly therapy sessions, but admitted it will take some time to ‘unravel’ the mental health issues she’s been battling since the age of 14.
The vlogger revealed she regularly attends therapy sessions and takes ‘digital detoxes’ as she lifted the lid on life in the public eye.
The 28-year-old lives in a sprawling Brighton property with her boyfriend, fellow vlogger Alfie Deyes.
Zoella lives with boyfriend Alfie Deyes, who is also a YouTuber, in a sprawling property in Brighton
Her brother and fellow YouTuber Joe Sugg, 27, recently wowed audiences in Strictly Come Dancing.
Zoella, who shot to fame with her YouTube channel ten years ago, has said in the past that it is her fierce work ethic that’s enabled to achieve everything in her life – revealing she gets up at 6.30am every day and has a staggering 140 to-do lists on the go.
She has been criticised by fans over recent projects, including her first non-fiction book which came out in October 2018.
Cordially Invited was blasted by other vloggers and negative comments online, with with 53 per cent of shoppers giving it a one star rating.
The vlogger has revealed in the past she regularly attends therapy sessions and has digital detoxes to keep on top of her anxiety
The star faced criticism in October when her first non-fiction book came out, as fans blasted it with negative comments