Twitch legend Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins opened up about the negative aspects of being rich and famous during a recent Q&A sessions with fans.
It's no secret that Blevins is one of the most famous video game personalities in the world, not to mention one of the most successful. The former Halo pro has an estimated net worth of over $25 million, and tens of thousands of fans around the world who tune into his streams religiously. To an outside observer, you'd think he's got it made.
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Despite all this success, Blevins told fans during his recent stream that having fame and wealth on your side isn't quite as magical as you'd expect it to be. I'll have to take his word on that, unfortunately.
As reported by Dexerto, Blevins was asked by one fan how it feels to be famous. His response was unexpectedly frank. "Not good," the streamer said, before elaborating that fame can really do a number on personal relationships. "Money's great, but even then money can't buy happiness. Look, there are positives and negatives to everything in life. You guys don't understand. If you have money, 90% of the time or more, you sacrifice a lot. Relationships, family, time, love, friendships."
He continued: "And then you have that money, and guess what? Now you don't know who to trust. You can't trust anyone. Who are your real friends? Who is your real family?"
Blevins also revealed that fans can often make him feel guilty about his success, and will often abuse him for not giving them money. "People come out of nowhere asking for money all the time. And if you say no, you're a piece of s**t, you're the worst, and they make you feel like a piece of s**t. How DARE YOU."
At this point you might be rushing to pick up your tiny violin. The old adage of money not buying happiness is utter bollocks most often spouted by people who actually have money, after all. It can be a little hard to hear a literal millionaire complain about the problems money brings. Blevins, at least, has enough self awareness to acknowledge this.
"This is very important, and I have to say this. This is not a pity, woe is me. Feel bad for me. I don't want sympathy here," he stressed. "I'm just stating facts, okay? This is what happens and it sucks.
"I understand the privilege that I have. I understand the situation I am in, I am blessed, I am grateful for everything that has happened and everything I have in my life right now. I am blessed."
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