The beginning of a story is always where you chose to start from. For many, Malaysian influencer and YouTuber Yang Bao Bei (杨宝贝)’s story began after her suicide attempt on 17th April.
For YBB herself, it started long before that. Today, the influencer released a video explaining what happened and what drove her to scam people before attempting suicide.
The Youtuber began with a heartfelt apology to her family members, friends and the public. She confessed the whole problem was due to her gambling addiction. “In the past six months, I have done many bad things and lied a lot,” she admitted. Her draw to gambling started when she won a high return with a small investment. When she lost her savings, she turned to loan sharks and borrowed money from them to continue gambling.
As her debt to the loan sharks grew, she got desperate. She could never earn enough to pay them back. They started threatening her family, even coming to her house and ordered her to work for them. YBB then decided to try selling branded bags and a YouTube channel in order to collect money. Her plan was to collect the deposits made and give it to the loan sharks to pay off her debt.
The large amount scared her and she ultimately decided the only way to escape from it was by committing suicide. She apologised for her actions again at the end of the video.
We hope she continues to recover her mental health and from her addiction. There is no easy escape from a gambling addiction, but YBB has a second chance. Hopefully, she does well with it.
You can watch her apology video here: