YouTube star says Nikki Lilly says making videos helps her ‘escape hardship’

YouTube star Nikki Lilly was on Good Morning Britain today to speak to hosts Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh, after it was announced she is the recipient of this year's BAFTA Special Award.

The 15-year-old, who has more than 1million subscribers on YouTube, spoke all about her time on the video sharing site and her interview series.

The social media star started making videos when she was eight when her health declined due to her condition, arteriovenous malformation.

This means there are no pathways between Lilly's veins and arteries, which causes her veins to expand and also rupture, as well as causing life-threatening nose bleeds, facial swelling and migraines.

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However despite her hardships, Lilly has thrived online and told Ben and Ranvir all about it.

Lilly explained that she started making videos because her health issues meant she couldn't go to school much or see her friends, so she wanted to use her energy in other ways.

She said: "As I was seeing my friends less because I was unwell, I decided I needed to put my energy into something, so one day I filmed a video.

"It helped me escape the hardship of my condition."

The teen said that her parents had had no issue with her venturing into YouTube, despite the risk of mean comments.

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She explained: "It's been amazing. My mum and dad were worried, they definitely were, but I think they realised if we disable comments at the beginning, because some people can be mean online, I think they realised long term this could be a great thing to rebuild the confidence I lost after I was diagnosed."

Nikki has her own series on CBBC too – Nikki Lilly Meets – which has seen her interview a number of stars including Strictly's Saffron Barker, David Walliams, Nicole Scherzinger and Scarlett Moffatt.

Speaking of her dream interviews, she said: "I would love to do – it'll probably never happen – but I'd love to do Billie Eilish.

"I'd love to do Harry and Meghan, David Attenborough."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV

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