After a month-long break, the king of YouTube Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg is back. Returning from his recent hiatus, the Swede made his triumphant return on February 21 by catching up on memes.
The YouTube star first announced his plans for a break in December 2019, stating that he was "tired." And on January 15, he bid his 103 million subscribers a temporary farewell.
However after a month of radio silence, PewDiePie is finally back, after announcing on February 20 that he would return "tomorrow" in an Instagram story. The Swedish star uploaded a 15-minute video where he reacted to world's best memes that he had missed while on vacation, and it's as glorious as you would expect.
PewDiePie returns to YouTube
"I have returned!" the YouTuber exclaimed at the start of his February 21 video. "I broke my 10 year streak of daily uploads to go on a one-month break to do..." he paused, as the sound of crickets played.
He admitted that he hadn't done much at all, but stated "It's been nice actually!" He then went to browse his folder of missed memes, and reacted to his subreddit having descended into chaos while on break. "I always wondered what you guys would do. What's going to happen to the subreddit. Now we know. Absolute garbage, thank you!" he joked.
The Swede then gave hints about his future plans. "Technically I wouldn't have to come back. I could retire if I wanted to. It was good for me to take a break, to sort of process what I'm doing, and what I want to do in the future. And there is definitely some changes I will have to do with the channel, but I'll do them gradually," he said.
He then confessed, "I've been obsessing too much about YouTube, and pushing myself way too hard for too long. There is other stuff I want to do. I'm working on bigger projects as well. Although I have been missing it a lot!"
Pewds also opened about how much he appreciates his viewers. "I thought I wouldn't be able to go on a break. Maybe I'm so addicted. Turns out I'm completely fine. It made me appreciate that I have an audience. I kind of just taken it for granted," he said. "And I've only seen the negative parts of having an audience. Just because my following became so big, that I became really tired of constantly being asked for stuff."
The YouTuber ended the video by stating that he will be uploading daily again, and also thanked his fans. "Thank you for all the nice and lovely supportive comments while I was gone, that really cheered me up," he said. "It's been really healthy and good for me to take this break. I appreciate everyone's patience."
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It seems the break was much needed for PewDiePie, as he joked about how "tired" and "frustrated" he looked before taking his hiatus. Given that he consistently created daily uploads for 10 years, it was certainly well-deserved.
Despite being away for over 30 days, the YouTuber shows no signs of slowing down in 2020. Given that last year was his biggest yet, fans are no doubt excited to see the next phase of his channel.