YouTuber Jimmy Broadbent owns three different cars, but instead of having a house, he lives in a shed – here’s why.
Broadbent has built a successful channel for himself, boasting over 365,000 subscribers, and is doing it all living out of the comfort of his mother’s shed.
That’s right, he lives in his mom’s garden, but things aren’t exactly as bad as they seem. In fact, the YouTuber has managed to come into possession of Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R, so it’s clear he’s doing quite well for himself.
YouTube channel DRIVETRIBE’s Mike caught up with Broadbent and interviewed him about his career, and finally figured out why he lives in a shed.
“It a bit of a meme now that we joke now with me living in the shed,” the popular simulation racing creator explained. “It wasn’t a really nice start, to be honest. I used to, well I still do, have a lot of problems with my mental health…”
He went on to explain it caused him to lose his job, relationship, and his house, effectively leaving him homeless and nowhere to go.
“I had nowhere else to go, I was homeless,” the YouTuber revealed. “I had no money and had to basically move back home. My mum said ‘Yeah, we got this thing we got down in the garden that’s not really habitable.'”
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He explained the small space allowed him to get focused on YouTube, and said he didn’t need a huge amount of space to do work online. In an interview with StreamLabs, he revealed the hardest part of getting started was just having the motivation to do so.
“Of course, when you first start on any platform doing anything, there are not a lot of eyes on you,” he said. “I remember doing a live stream to about four or five people right at the very start and that can be quite disheartening.”
Years later, Broadbent does understand how “ludicrous” it is to live in a shed yet still own three cars. It is something many people living in a regular house can’t afford.
Despite the small living space, it is a constant reminder for him to stay humble and keep growing.