After making a countless number of online videos and vlogs talking about his life, YouTube star Joey Graceffa is finally ready to tell the truth in his new book In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World. His very first novel just hit bookstores today, May 19, but M had the chance to sit down with Joey before it came out. He revealed a lot about some pretty heavy issues including dealing with a struggling parent, finding his identity, having low confidence, and more.
READ ON FOR OUR EXCLUSIVE WITH JOEY GRACEFFA:
"I've been super vague about what's in the book, so fans know it's a memoir, but they don't know what they're going to be getting," Joey reveals EXCLUSIVELY to M. "There's definitely a lot of surprises I know people are excited to read about."
So what kinds of stories can fans look forward to while reading Joey's autobiography?
"I wanted to do this book to show that this isn't just a thing that people say. I talk about bullying and self-acceptance, but it's not a complete downer," he dishes. "I talk about funny stories and memories and how I got my start in my career."
Now that Joey has finally put out there all of the things he's been too nervous to say throughout his years making videos, this YouTube star has some advice for his younger self and to kids who might be going through a tough time.
"Stop trying to be so strong... It's okay to be who I was," he admits. "I got bullied a lot growing up because of the way I acted and how I was more feminine than the other boys, and because of that, it brainwashed me in a way, like something was wrong with me and I should be a stereotypical boy. And I think that hindered me a lot growing up, it was a harsh transition to feel more comfortable with myself."
Joey remembers one particular incident when he was in class and no one wanted to be in a group with him.
"And in one story in my book, I'm in a health class, we were told to pair up for a CPR class and we had to 'save' each other and literally no one wanted to be my partner so the teacher asked everyone who would let me join their group and no one offered, and I just felt so alone and stupid," Joey admits. "It's crazy how life changes and you can go from school where no one might like you to people loving you all across the world."
If you are being bullied, reach out to a trusted adult like a teacher, parent, or guidance counselor immediately. Bullying is NEVER okay. Know that you are not alone.
Joey's book is currently available on Amazon. Tell us in the comments: Do you plan on reading it?