I finally got therapy after realising my fans know me better than I know myself, admits KSI

KSI has opened up about his mental health and needing therapy after realising his fans knew him better than he knew himself.

The rapper, boxer and YouTuber – real name JJ Olatunji – started out in 2009 posting gaming-commentary videos of the FIFA video game series.


Since then, his YouTube content has diversified to include vlog and comedy style videos, while he has also released two hugely successful albums and appeared in British comedy film Laid in America.

His life has changed beyond all recognition, and now the star has documented it all for an Amazon Prime Video special.

During an interview during the Amazon Prime Presents showcase on Thursday, KSI spoke to Louis Theroux, who is executive producer on the documentary, about how he has found ways to cope with his increasing fame, while also dealing with situations in his personal life.

He said: "I think over the last few years it's been getting more and more crazy and the past year was a lot, I think especially personally it was a lot.

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"Now I'm kind of fixed, or I'm improving on the personal side, obviously there's always a lot going on and the bigger I get and the more attention I get and the more people want a piece of that.

"So I guess it's just me trying to manage all of that and make it work so I don't go insane."

KSI also spoke about how he connects with his fans in a different way to musicians or actors.

He said: "So I guess with a normal celebrity where there's this boundary, and you don't know how they are behind the camera or as a person.

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"But me with YouTube, people see me constantly and it's at the point where people know me more than I know myself. And this doc is going to increase that more."

He then opened up about having therapy, telling Louis: "It's a lot but I feel like I'm improving on how to handle it all, I got therapy a couple months ago now to really just help me process everything.

"I feel like it's just a culture thing where I was like, I don't need any of it I'm a man, just deal with it.

"But then over time I got to realise it's something that it's important to be able to understand what goes on in my mind. Why I am the person that I am."

KSI's documentary will premiere on Amazon Prime Video later this year.

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