Irish family gave up their jobs to live out their lives on YouTube
A couple have been able to give up their day jobs and spend their time raising their two kids thanks to their YouTube channel which is viewed by 1.5million people every day.
Jonathan and Anna Saccone-Joly broadcast their everyday lives with regular videos of them and their children Emilia and Eduardo.
The couple have shared their whole lives with the internet including their engagement, wedding and the arrival of their children.
The videos are so popular that they generate enough income for the family to live off, and means they don’t have to go to work.
Jonathan Joly is from Dublin and Anna Saccone is originally from Baltimore. The couple now live in Surrey, England where they are raising their family.
Jonathan told the Irish Mirror: “This is the greatest gift that our viewers have given us.
“I give up my privacy but I get to spend my time with my family so it is all worth it.
“I don’t want to live for the videos. If we spend all our time on work we miss out on this amazing gift.
“I get to spend every day with my children and I get to watch my children grow up every day.”
The popularity of the videos means that Emilia, 3 and Eduardo, 1 are growing up in front of millions of viewers around the world.
Jonathan is aware that his children are growing up in the public eye, but is making sure they have as normal a life as possible. He added: “People come up to my children and they just think that it’s normal. People also send us presents.
“I grew up with nothing and I don’t want them to grow up spoilt – I don’t want them to become second generation brats.
“We donate most of the things we get.
“I am a father before I am an entertainer or a YouTuber. My children are the most important to me.”
The incredible popularity of the family’s videos has led to concerns for Jonathan and Anna about their security. When they lived in Ireland, there was an issue of a fan who tracked them down and gardai were called.
However, they have had no similar issues since moving to England and the family home has increased security. Jonathan remains positive about the future for his family and their channel.
He said: “Some people spend their lives trying to ruin my life – they take the fun out it.
“We get loads of letters every single day from people with emotional problems who are finding life hard but our videos give them a sense of hope and belonging. It’s the motivation to keep going.
“These videos have become bigger than just me.”
The Saccone-Joly family have been uploading videos on to YouTube since 2009 and their channel currently has 1.3million subscribers. Jonathan and Anna both also have their own channel with hundreds of thousands of followers. Take a look at their trailer below, and see more of their videos on the YouTube channel.