Inside iShowSpeed's crazy life

Inside IShowSpeed’s crazy life: YouTuber who flashed his viewers is known for his dramatic outbursts and has been banned from SkySports over misogynistic comments

  • The YouTube star, from Cincinnati, Ohio has a 20 million strong fanbase  
  • READ MORE: Sky Sports ‘will NOT show YouTuber IShowSpeed on air again 

IShowSpeed  has broken the internet by accidentally flashing his viewers during a livestream, but it’s not the first time the teenage influencer has grabbed the limelight. 

The YouTube star, from Cincinnati, Ohio, has an an adoring 20 million-strong fanbase on his gaming channel, mingles with the likes of Drake, Cristiano Ronaldo and even has a burgeoning music career.

The influencer is best known for his livestreams in which he primarily plays video games including Roblox, Fortnite, and FIFA – and his efforts have earned him well over a million dollars. 

But his rise to fame has not been without controversy, notably trending across the web for things like screaming at fans, telling them he is going to ‘die’ and screaming at young children. 

Here FEMAIL takes you inside the rather intriguing life of YouTuber IShowSpeed…

Teen YouTuber IShowSpeed, from Ohio, broke the internet after accidentally exposing his penis to almost 25,000 YouTube viewers

The rapper and gamer has mingled with the likes of Drake, Cristiano Ronaldo and found fame gaming with an adoring 20 million-strong fanbase. (Pictured: The streamer at a hospital due to cluster headaches)

Who is IShowSpeed and what does he do?

Born Darren Watkins Jr in 2005, things haven’t always been so glamorous or crazy for the teen star.

According to LadBible, IShowSpeed took things nice and slow during his time employed at a nursing home. There he delivered food to elderly patients before dreams of conquering the internet took off.

And while he dabbled in YouTube gaming as far back as 2016, uploading videos of games such as NBA 2K and Fortnite, a surge in boredom during the Covid-19 lockdown boosted his career.

Initially averaging a few viewers per stream, his followership quickly rose following displays of antagonising and often humorous behavior in front of the camera.

He began posting snippets of the madness to his TikTok account, which included screaming at fans and throwing objects and smashing them. Just recently, he shocked fans when he screamed at a 6-year-old gamer during a bout of Fortnite, reports Sportskeeda.

The unique videos caught fire and he was instantly the subject of social media memes, taking his subscribership from 100,000 in April 2021 to a whopping 10 million in July 2022.

Why is IShowSpeed famous?

IShowSpeed’s career has grown in leaps and bounds and he has since amassed 19.5 million YouTube subscribers and won streaming awards.

His colossal following has made way for yet another love of his – rapping. In August 2021, Darren released his first official music single titled ‘Dooty Booty’ and just a few months later in November, he followed up with his hit second single ‘Shake’.

IShowSpeed during one of his many attempts to meet his favourite footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. (Pictured pitchside before a Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London)

YouTube sensation Speed finally met his idol Cristiano Ronaldo after months of trying. The pair embraced and took a selfie together after the Euro 2024 qualifying match between Portugal and Bosnia and Herzegovina in June 

The song samples both ‘Ready or Not’ by Fugees, and ‘Hit The Road Jack’ by Ray Charles, which garnered over 160 million views on YouTube. 

He has become somewhat of a music sensation, boasting millions of streams on Spotify and performing at Hip Hop music festival Rolling Loud in July.

Next up for the streamer, was the once in a lifetime opportunity to release a song for the 2022 FIFA World Cup under Warner Records. Titled ‘World Cup’, the song was perhaps a gateway to meeting his favourite soccer player of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo.

His admiration for the former Real Madrid and Juventus star was even channelled into a called song ‘Ronaldo [Sewey]’.

And in December 2022, after several unsuccessful attempts to meet Ronaldo, including visiting Old Trafford twice from the US, and going to Qatar for the World Cup, he received the mindblowing news that Ronaldo in fact knew the youngster.

The two finally met in June in Lisbon, Portugal, after the Euro 2024 qualifying match between Portugal and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Why is IShowSpeed controversial? 

The streamer’s success has been marred with countless controversies stemming from the moment he catapulted to fame.

The YouTuber made headlines in December 2021 after allegedly sexually harassing a female contestant during a Twitch e-dating livestream hosted by streamer Adin Ross.

Not long afterwards, viral videos emerged of him telling an Instagram model that she couldn’t ‘stop’ him from reproducing with her if they were the last people on Earth, reported Insider. 

Earlier this year, the polarising figure riled up fans yet again when he told Drake that his ‘voice is so sexy’ (Pictured: The gamer on a videocall with Drake)

IShowSpeed has since been banned from the platform for ‘sexual coercion or intimidation’.

SkySports followed suit months later, reportedly deciding not to collaborate with the star following previous misogynistic and derogatory comments about women on his streams online.

The broadcaster also made the decision to remove all content of the YouTuber from their social media channels and websites.

Earlier this year, the polarizing figure riled up fans yet again when he joined rapper Drake for a video call.

But the rapper seemed to disapprove after IShowSpeed mused that his ‘voice is so sexy’, prompting him to quickly end the call in front of 50,000 viewers 

In yet another peculiar moment, the gamer shared concerning videos of himself in hospital suffering from a cluster headache, in which he told his fans he might ‘die’.

In the videos posted to his YouTube channel, the internet personality was visibly in pain with one swollen eye and one eye closed.

What is a cluster headache?

Cluster headaches are excruciating attacks of pain in one side of the head, often felt around the eye.

Cluster headaches are rare. Anyone can get them, but they’re more common in men and tend to start when a person is in their 30s or 40s.

They begin quickly and without warning. The pain is very severe and is often described as a sharp, burning or piercing sensation on one side of the head.

It’s often felt around the eye, temple and sometimes face. It tends to affect the same side for each attack.

People often feel restless and agitated during an attack because the pain is so intense, and they may react by rocking, pacing or banging their head against the wall.

What are the symptoms? 

Symptoms include a red and watering eye, drooping and swelling of 1 eyelid, a smaller pupil in 1 eye, a sweaty face and a blocked or runny nostril.

The attacks generally last between 15 minutes and 3 hours, and typically occur between 1 and 8 times a day.

What causes cluster headaches? 

The exact cause of cluster headaches is not clear, but they have been linked to activity in part of the brain called the hypothalamus.

People who smoke seem to have a higher risk of getting cluster headaches.

Some people who get cluster headaches have other family members who also get them, which suggests there may be a genetic link.

Cluster headache attacks can sometimes be triggered by drinking alcohol or by strong smells, such as perfume, paint or petrol.

Source: NHS 

He posted one video in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital, and then another in the hospital.

In one of the videos, he said: ‘Love y’all boys, just pray I don’t die bro. Every second I just think I’m going to die cause it hurts so bad’.

Perhaps the oddest moment of all came after he broke the internet, following an incident when he accidentally flashed his penis to viewers during a live stream game.

He took the livestream to another level by making a sexual innuendo about a character and performing a thrusting motion.

While making the move, he mistakenly exposed himself through his shorts to 25,000 viewers, before shouting ‘Oh, my God’ and hastily ending the stream.

Fans have since crowned the influencer with the new nickname ‘IShowMeat’, with many taking to Twitter, now known as X, to weigh in on the mishap.

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