It’s everyone’s dream come true to be famous on YouTube, but unfortunately that fame comes at a heavy cost. This cost was painfully discovered by Sally Jo Hickey, a beauty vlogger from New Zealand, who was attacked by a fan in a nightclub after being recognised. The incident has left her scarred and too afraid to go out in public, but she recently uploaded a ‘Storytime’ addressing the incident that left her glassed and scared.
Used to be being YouTube famous and recognised in the street, Sally and her BFF Shannon Harris (Shaaanxo) have often spoke out about being “grabbed” in public and being made “really, really uncomfortable” by fans getting too personal. However, neither of the girls were expecting to be attacked by a very “aggressive” fan whilst on a night-out to a local bar in Napier called The Thirsty Whale (pictured below).
Sally had been posing for a photo with another fan when she heard someone “aggressively” shout her name before throwing what she describes as a “Guinness pint glass” at her head. “I felt this wet on my hair and I looked down and there was glass all over me” she recalls, before saying she had cuts all down her legs and one in her foot where a piece of glass had slipped into her shoe. Before Sally had a chance to react, her attacker was pushing her into a wall screaming “f*ck you! I hate you! Who the f*ck do you think you are coming in here!”.
Since the incident, Sally’s boyfriend Tama has said that she “and Shannon can’t go out anymore, it’s just getting ridiculous” as the girls are repeatedly assaulted and groped by fans (or haters). Speaking about the attack as a whole, Sally remembers that what scared her the most during the scuffle was being “shocked that she hated me so much”. Scary stuff! The attack happened just after Christmas, and it’s unclear whether Sally has stepped foot inside a nightclub since, but the whole situation has left her deeply afraid of going outside.