Zoella Reveals The Ups And Downs Of Her Relationship With Alfie Deyes

1 March 2018, 10:33 | Updated: 1 March 2018, 15:17

Alfie Deyes and Zoella
Alfie and Zoella. Picture: Other

By Josh Lee

Being a world-famous couple isn't easy.

Being the UK's most recognisable online couple comes with a shed-load of perks, but the drawbacks are just as real, Zoella has revealed in a new interview with Glamour magazine. However, if anyone is going to understand the pressures of being a YouTuber, it's another YouTuber.

"Alfie and I both have days when we feel the pressure on our relationship and want to punch each other in the head - who doesn't?!," Zoella told Glamour. "But we know when to talk, and when to give each other space. Alfie films every day which I took a bit of getting used to, but we have a routine where I might say, "I don't fancy being in your video today," and he'll just say 'OK'. But really, we don't argue very much at all. We're kind of boring in that sense."

Zoella's Glamour UK photoshoot
Zoella on the cover of Glamour UK. Picture: Glamour UK

For Zoella, who recently announced that she would be releasing her first non-fiction book later this year, the pressures of digital fame are exacerbated by anxiety, a condition the YouTuber has been very public about living with. Alfie's support, she revealed, has been vital in her battle with the illness.

"He's the best person to have around when stuff like [panic attacks] happen", she said. "He says, 'Why do you care? Those people don't matter, they're not the ones who know you or care about you, so don't give them the time of day.'

She added, "It's easy to say, 'I'm not going to care what anyone thinks about me or this [video],' but at the end of the day, you do care. He's 100% the best at dealing with negative comments and scrutiny - he doesn't take any of that stuff on board.


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Despite working in the same field, Zoella insisted their relationship was "never competitive."

"I can talk to him about an issue and I don't have to explain it because he understands immediately," she said. But like any couples who work in the same office, whether digital or IRL, there can be too much of a good thing sometimes. "The downfall is we talk about work a lot and we both work from home so we're around each other a lot," she said.

Read Zoella's full interview in Glamour UK, available in shops from March 1st.