The mum-of-five gives Zoella some advice

Zoella has received support from Katie Price after being heavily criticised for having her debut book ghostwritten.

The vlogger, 24 – aka Zoe Sugg – received a kind Tweet from mum-of-five Katie, 36, this morning about the furore surrounding her romance novel Girl Online.

‘Dont worry @ZozeeBo when others criticise u it means ur doing OK! it also makes u more determined 2 succeed. ur a good girl,keep being happy,’ wrote Katie.

Girl Online sold almost 80,000 copies in its first week – more than the first Harry Potter book and Fifty Shades Of Grey.


But some Twitter users felt pretty narked when publisher Penguin admitted that: ‘To be factually accurate, you would need to say that Zoe Sugg did not write Girl Online on her own’.

A scan of Zoella’s acknowledgements shows that
Penguin editor Amy Alward and author Siobhan
Curham are mentioned as being ‘there every step of the way’ in Girl Online’s creation.

Cue the online hounding. Zoella was called an ‘idiot’, a ‘liar’ and ‘fake’. Eek!

The YouTube star was quick to defend herself, posting on Twitter: ‘For
the doubters out there, of course I was going to have help from
Penguin’s editorial team in telling my story.

‘Everyone needs help when
they try something new.
The story and the characters of Girl Online are mine.

But it was clear the backlash was getting to her on Monday when she told fans: ‘I’m taking a few days out and off the internet because it’s clouding up my brain. Thanks for understanding ❤️.’

Of course, that didn’t stop Katie Hopkins (surprise, surprise) from wading into the argument.

‘So Zoella, this whole Girl On-Line thing. Now you’ve quit the
internet – do you think your ghost writer should re-work the title?
‘ Katie, 39, cattily enquired.

Clearly very upset by the whole incident, Zoe returned to Twitter to fume: ‘The stuff press write about it literally ridiculous! I AM NOT QUITTING YOUTUBE. Yet again, twisting stuff to gain views. Sad.’

But now Ms Price has given her two cents, perhaps Zoella will start to view the situation differently.

Katie has openly admitted in the past that her series of books have all been ghostwritten. And let’s face it, she’s had great success with them.

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Anna Duff