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“This online culture doesn’t always have to have negative connotations. Some creators really do try to make a positive difference to the world, and that’s certainly what we’re trying to do.”

Married British comedy and entertainment duo Rose Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton have gained popularity through their online videos, amassing over 160 million views to date, and quickly becoming two of the most famous LGBT YouTubers and social media influencers in the UK.

Now Rose and Rosie have announced 13 dates across the UK and Ireland this October – fans will have an exclusive opportunity to join them for a live screening of their first feature-length documentary, which accompanies the release of the pair’s upcoming book, ‘Overshare’. Each screening will be followed by an intimate Q&A and book signing.

Here the couple talk mental health, married life and more with Sam Bennett.

 

Is there a formula to becoming an internet sensation?

Rose: I’d say the formula is to always be honest, authentic and true to who you are. It’s really important to have a relationship with your audience that’s two-way; never put yourself on this pedestal and think that you’re famous because as soon as you put that separation between you and your audience, you kind of ruin it for yourself.

Rosie: I would say never take yourself too seriously. If you’re going to put yourself online, you’ve just got to be able to laugh at yourself.

Rose: And never take your audience for granted.

 

Which of you forgot your friend’s name during one of the videos?

Rose: That was Rosie.

Rosie: Was it me? I can’t remember.

Rose: Carrie Fletcher.

Rosie: Oh yeah. We all call her Fletcher – I was shocked she was called Carrie Fletcher. Luckily we’re still friends.

 

Do you get vlogger’s block? Is that a thing?

Rose: I think we’re in quite a fortunate position because we’re a married couple and we have conversations all the time, anything that’s on our minds turns into content. Because it’s so natural, raw, and honest, I think that’s why we have garnered a following over the years.

Rosie: We’ll go on holiday and say, “Ok, we’ll have a holiday and we won’t vlog it.” And we get there and we’re like, “This is such great content.” And we want to vlog it. We enjoy making the memories, we enjoy vlogging, we enjoy watching it back – we never stop really.

Rose: Exactly. Our whole ethos is to vlog the things that we want to keep as video records of our personal memories.

 

How was writing a book together?

Rosie: It was fine actually. At the very end we started working in separate rooms, I noticed. Rose was downstairs and I wandered off upstairs. The biggest problem we had was, because we’re so similar, we’d sometimes write the same thing. But that was all really, we didn’t fall out too much, I was surprised.

Rose: I’m surprised it was such an enjoyable experience – I would love to do it again.

Rosie: We wrote so much about our personal lives, it was very cathartic.

 

There’s some quite serious stuff in it, isn’t there?

Rose: There is. This book is all about touching upon very serious issues, but wrapped up in a very light-hearted, comedic way so that we can discuss things that are really difficult to get through – especially for the young LGBTs of today. It is quite an uplifting book; it’s very relatable, very raw, and extremely honest – like everything that we put out online. But we cover things that we’ve never talked about on the internet too; it was easier for us to write about the slightly more serious, sad times rather than making a video.

Rosie: Because when’s a good time in an entertaining video to go, “Oh, by the way guys…” and just bring up a really sad thing that happened? It was much easier to put that down in a chapter. We’ve got an entire chapter on mental health where we reveal a lot of stuff; it wasn’t that we were hiding anything from our audience before – it’s just not always the right time to talk about dark things.

 

Do people from the LGBT community tell you that you’ve helped them with certain mental health issues?

Rose: Yes, especially when we meet people in person – on tour, at meet and greets. We’ve all struggled throughout our lifetimes with being LGBT in one way or another and mental health issues affect the majority of us, whether we speak about it or not. And it’s very apparent when we meet our audience in person that we’re positively affecting their mental health, which is huge for me. I suffer quite badly from obsessive compulsive disorder and have done for about 12 years. I didn’t have YouTube at the time I was suffering, so I think if I can make some kind of a difference online to people struggling so horrifically with a debilitating disorder, then I’m really happy with the work we’re doing.

 

How has married life treated you both so far?

Rose: I’ve had the time of my life. It’s been really, really good. I have no complaints so far, Rosie, apart from the fact you don’t fold your clothes.

Rosie: I just folded them, though, I just packed them in a suitcase… I love being married, it was the best thing we ever did. Yeah, I’m really happy, we’ve been married for three years, I kind of wish we’d done it sooner.

 

Do you talk about being married a lot in the new documentary?

Rose: We do talk about being married and how that has changed our relationship. It’s funny, a lot of people get married, and then they kind of panic a little bit because they’re committed. But actually for us it only got better. We were like, “Ok, we’re married, this is so much fun.” We have a lot of fun, and it comes up in the documentary for sure.

Rosie: Definitely. We meet some really interesting people in the documentary as well that make us think about our own marriage a little bit.

 

How are you going to spend your summer before your crazy busy October?

Rose: We always like to try and be really consistent with our uploads so we’re going to be working really hard focusing on YouTube. We have got a little holiday booked in with my mum and dad, we’re going to Catalonia, so that should be fun. I’m sure they’ll be some interesting vlog material generating from that.

To see all dates and venues of the Rose & Rosie: Overshare Tour see myticket.co.uk. The Overshare book is published by Trapeze and out 4 October (orionbooks.co.uk).

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