Zoella Admits She Was ‘Terrified’ By Girl Online Backlash

Zoella has finally broken her silence over that ghost-writer furore.

The vlogger faced a huge backlash after it was revealed she’d had a little help writing her record-breaking debut novel Girl Online last year.

In fact, she received so many angry messages that she ended up quitting the internet for a while. And as a YouTuber, that’s a pretty big deal.

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Zoella Zoella found the furore tough to deal with


Now Zoella has opened up about how difficult she found the whole thing, telling You magazine: It was terrifying actually. One minute I was sitting in my bedroom with my viewers – and then all that.’

She also insists she never deliberately misled her fans, saying they were fully aware that others had contributed to the book.

Zoella – real name Zoe Sugg – continues: ‘It was well known among my viewers that I had an editorial consultant and an editor long before I even began writing the book.’

Zoella Zoella is one of YouTube’s biggest stars


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Despite the unpleasant situation, Girl Online still managed to become a serious success.

Not only is it a New York Times Best Seller in the Young Adult category, it was also the-fastest selling book of 2014 and broke the record for highest first week sales for a debut author.

Zoella Zoella recently released her follow-up book


Now Zoella has released a follow-up novel, entitled Girl Online: On Tour.

She admits that when she came to pen her first book, she was: ‘A bit like: “How is this done?”’ But this time, she sat down with her editor once a week.

The 25-year-old advises: ‘Never write when you don’t feel inspired. Also, I really like to work with music on.

‘If there was silence, I felt quite intimidated, so I’d put on something chilled such as Ed Sheeran. Let your imagination go a bit wild.

Zoella Zoella had a different tactic when writing her new novel


‘Sometimes I would think: “No, I couldn’t possibly write about that…” But you realise that you can.’

We can only imagine how successful it’ll be…