Words by Lara O'Reilly, Business Insider
YouTube star Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg has released a video (watch it below) in response to the uproar an article on Fusion caused, which claimed he earned $7.4m from his YouTube channel last year.
The PewDiePie channel, in which Kjellberg discusses and commentates video games, has amassed more than 9bn views and 37 million subscribers.
In a video titled 'Let's Talk About Money' released Tuesday, Kjellberg said: "Money is a topic I've purposely tried to avoid in the five years I've been making videos because I just feel like it's not important to anyone." However, he goes on to address some of his "favorite" comments made by people on his channel about how much he earns in an attempt to set the record straight.
"What people don't really think about until it's in their face is that I have 9 billion views, that translates to something. There's ads on my videos. I make money on those. So whenever it comes out how much money I make in a certain year, people just get so shocked. And a lot of people which I saw were very, very angry. They thought it was unfair. They thought I just sit on my ass all day and just yell at the screen over here. Which is true. But there's so much more to it than that, and I understand that people –haters gonna hate, right?" Kjellberg says.