KSI has revealed he quit school after making £1,500 a month on YouTube – but his parents were horrified.
The boxer, singer and online personality began making videos as a teenager and has now become one of the highest-paid YouTubers in the world.
Speaking about the moment his career started to take off, he told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning today: “It got to the point where I spoke to my teacher and you know like, ‘I’m making this amount’ and he was like ‘how much is it?’ and I was like ‘one thousand five hundred a month’.
"He was like ‘that’s more than me’. I was like ‘rah’ and at that point, I was like I’m out! I don’t need to be (at school) anymore.”
One video alone can now earn him a reported £250,000 in advertising revenue, and to date he has posted well over 1,000 of them.
His merchandise including Prime drinks sell all around the planet.
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On his parents' reaction to telling them he wanted to be a YouTuber, KSI said: “They wanted me to be a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer, all of that and I had no interest in that.
"First of all, I just wasn’t smart enough – that was just a lot for me to do. I couldn’t go into sport because I was just terrible.
"I was just terrible at all of that so I told my parents I wanted to be a YouTuber and they laughed.
"They were just like ‘we worked so hard to get you into private school… We’re in debt, so much debt to get you into the best position possible and you want to throw it away to just be a YouTuber and I was like ‘yes!’"
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KSI – real name Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji – said he had now paid them back and cleared their debts.
He has starred in a movie called Laid in America, has published a bestselling autobiography, and stars in a new Amazon documentary, KSI: In Real Life.
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