With the rise of social media, more and more young people are choosing to live their lives in front of the camera; some of them even manage to make live streaming their profession. One of those people is Twitch streamer and YouTube personality known as LilyPichu, who gained popularity thanks to her playing and singing skills. What is LilyPichu’s real name? And what happened between her and her boyfriend, Albert Chang?
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Early life and interest in video games
Lily Ki was born on November 20, 1991 in California, USA, and is of Korean descent. She grew up with her parents and a younger brother named Daniel. The family moved a lot, so young Lily grew up without many friends, and fell victim to… bullyingbut things finally calmed down towards the end of her high school, when her family settled down for a while.
She took piano lessons from the early age of five, and this helped her future creativity and musical skills. This was also the period when she got her first Nintendo console, which started her love of playing online games.
During high school, however, things went wrong again when the bullying returned. To make matters worse, she continued to fight with her parents, who always expected her to get the highest grades—an expectation she couldn’t always live up to. All this combined stress caused Lily to lose her confidence and go to some counselors as well. She was given antidepressants, as therapists hoped it would help her raise her spirits and self-esteem, but because the bullies didn’t stop her, she didn’t improve for a while. In fact, it got so bad that she dropped out of school and stopped caring about her class success in general, finding solace in the safety of her room, doing art, playing video games, and being active in cyberspace.
Her parents thought the video games were responsible for her poor grades and the amount of time she spent on her computer, which did not improve their relationship. However, Lily’s depression got better when she started talking over the internet with people who had the same interest in video games and anime as she did.
Lily opened her YouTube channel in 2006 under the name LilyPichu – a mixture of her name and that of a character from the famous anime and video game series Pokemon called Pikachu. Her first upload was a short comedy sketch she made, featuring “guest characters” Rammus and Anne, characters from League of Legends. She gained several thousand followers through her gameplay and singing videos, but gained real publicity in 2011 when her song “I’ll Quit LoL” was released on YouTube, quickly gaining over 6.3 million views.
This resulted in a lot of traffic to her profile, on which she mainly uploads her vlogs, animations, songs, piano covers and art. She also opened a profile on the live streaming platform Twitch, where she regularly posts her skills in playing the famous online game League of Legends, live videos, as well as music and art. Her game videos are not the only ones that attract a lot of people, and she is very popular for song covers as well as her original songs, such as “Sky”, “Shurelya” and “Consolation”. In 2015 she released her debut EP under the title “Lilies”.
She opened her second profile on YouTube called LilyRaichu, where she rarely posted, but the content was more private and warm, though still funny. She also often posted covers of songs on her second channel, but as of 2019, the LilyRaichu channel went private, but the reasons for that were not disclosed.
In the fall of 2018, she and her fellow YouTuber and Offline TV member, Sleightlymusical, became part of the cast for League of Legends commercials that launched on Riot Games. Unsurprisingly, these ads soon got their name, “LilyPichu and Sleightlymusical: Duo”. As of April 2020, Lily has over two million subscribers to her main YouTube channel.
In 2017, Lily became part of the YouTube entertainment channel, Offline TV. The channel was founded by William “Scarra” Li and Chris Chan, his former manager, and was soon joined by two other Los Angeles-based content creators, Pokimane and BasedYoona. A few weeks later, the group was joined by Disguided Toast, Fedmyster and LilyPichu. As of April 2019, YouTubers Yvonne and Michael Reeves are other regulars on the channel, while Chris Chan and BasedYoona have left the channel for both private and professional reasons.
For a long time, Lily was in a relationship with former Offline TV member, Sleightlymusical, whose real name is Albert Chang. Chang is not only another Korean YouTuber, but also a musician and a professional violinist. He graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California. In addition to being a member of Offline TV, Chang also did video editing for Freelance Film Production in Greater Los Angeles. They were loved by many offline TV fans, and many young people claimed to be their relationship idols because they were cute and a seemingly perfect couple.
However, rumors of their breakup arose while the couple was on a trip to Japan in November 2019, when Chang started hanging out with another Twitch streamer named Sarah Lee, aka Avocado Peeled. The gossip only increased a few days later, when Lee, reportedly accidentally, posted a coquettish Google Documents file she had previously sent to Chang.
This caused other Offline TV members to start posting angry messages on their social media profiles, especially Twitter. In the middle of the same month, Lily announced the split on her Twitter profile, and Chang herself wrote a tweet at 12e November which read: ‘I chose to be unfaithful to Lily and it hurt her excruciatingly. I am incredibly sorry for my selfish behavior. I betrayed her trust and love for me.’ Sarah Lee also apologized for her part in the split, and all three parties decided to take a short break from social media. Neither confirmed whether Chang was cheating on Lily, or whether he and Sarah Lee were merely flirting, but Chang stepped down as an offline TV member.
In February 2020, Lily announced that she and her Offline TV co-mate, Michael Reeves, are dating, in a live stream where she told viewers that her Valentine was Reeves.
The relationship was further confirmed in several other streams and videos, but the couple has yet to be seen together.
Before making YouTube her official career in 2015, Lily had a plethora of part-time jobs so she could earn a living. Despite being an American national and born in California, Lily is very close to her Korean roots and many of her parodies are influenced by Asian culture. She is also a big fan of traditional Japanese cartoons called anime and spends a lot of time sharing her favorite anime titles on Twitch.
Lily has stated on a number of occasions that she and her brother were very close to their late grandmother and that they enjoyed spending time with her while she was still alive; she has noted that none of her grandparents are alive. Lily now has her own clothing linebut she also takes voice acting classes, because becoming a professional voice actress is her dream.
One of her best friends is a professional Dota 2 player and streamer from Canada, Jacky Mao, whose online name is EternaLEnVy. She has a dog named Temmie
LilyPichu has about 4,000 Twitch subscribers, which makes her monthly payment a whopping $13,650. also makes a lot of income from the sale of merchandise, advertisements, brand deals and sponsorships. According to Socialblade, her estimated monthly earnings on her main channel can reach $18,800. As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at approximately $800,000.
Lily is a natural woman with black hair, but often changes her hair color and style, although she usually has bangs and shoulder length hair. Her eyes are black and she is a bit short, she is 1.6 meters high. Her weight and vital stats are not disclosed, but she appears to be rather slim and petite.
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