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Hey guys it's me Vikkstar123...

Vikram "Vik" Singh Barn (born August 2, 1995 (1995-08-02) [age 27]), also known online as Vikkstar123, is a YouTube personality and a member of both the Sidemen and The Pack.

Background

Vik is a British YouTuber who was born in Guildford, Surrey in 1995. At the age of nine he moved with his family to Sheffield. He has two older brothers who have never been seen in videos. In the mid-2010s, rumours/jokes circulated about Lewis Redman being Vik's other brother - but in reality they have no actual relation.

Vik attended Silverdale School from 2006 to 2013. He gained a high number of A*s in his GCSEs in 2011, and 1 A* and 3 As in his A-Levels in 2013. During his A Levels, he got offered a place at University College London (UCL) to study Natural Sciences, but he declined the offer to do YouTube instead. Vik is therefore the butt of jokes about how his parents are "disappointed" that he isn't a doctor.

Between 2015 and 2017, Vik was in a relationship with Kayleigh Wordley. Since late 2018, he has been in a relationship with Ellie Harlow; their relationship remained private until they announced their engagement in late-2021.

YouTube Career

Vik registered an account with YouTube in 2010 when he was 14. He originally wanted his channel to be called "Vikster" (a portmanteau of "Vik" and "gangster") but it was already taken. "Vikstar" was also taken (as was "Vikstar123") so he eventually settled on "Vikkstar123" - leading to many years of people thinking his name was actually spelled with an extra 'K'. Vik first met KSI at GameFest in Birmingham in 2011, two years before the Sidemen formed.[1]

Vik has been a part of the Sidemen since 2013 but he joined a short period of time after the other five members (excluding W2S at that time) had formed. Vik lived in the Sidemen House (and the former Sidemen House) alongside Simon, Josh, and JJ from February 2014 to November 2018.[2] Unlike the other Sidemen, Vik isn't a big fan of FIFA and is best known for his Minecraft and first-person shooter (especially Call of Duty) videos, as well as Grand Theft Auto V. In 2017, Vik started focusing primarily on Fortnite.

Vik is also part of "The Pack", and all their members are Minecraft YouTubers who record with Vik on both of his side channels, but almost never on his main. However, fellow Pack member Lachlan appeared in Sidemen gaming videos at somewhat frequent intervals in 2017 and 2018. Vik has gone on record to say he prefers the Sidemen to the Pack.

Vik has four YouTube channels. His main/original channel (Vikkstar123), created in 2010, has become less and less active since the late-2010s. His second channel, Vikkstar123HD, similarly is only active a dozen times a year. His third channel, VikkstarPlays, has not been active since early-2020. He has a fourth channel called VikkstarShorts which capitalises on the YouTube Shorts feature that was launched in 2021. When Vik entered his mid-20s, he became more focused on his business ventures and the main Sidemen videos, so his YouTube channels became nowhere near as active as they once were.

Jokes

Any jokes targeted at Vik are often related to his Indian ethnicity. Various members of the Sidemen have been known to edit Vik's movements in their videos to make it look as if he is dancing to the song "Mundian To Bach Ke". Much like Ethan and the jokes about his sexuality, Vik is often the butt of many jokes involving his relationship with his viewers (who are believed to be generally pre-pubescent teens). Vik often suffered the most during the majority of the Cards Against Humanity sessions that the Sidemen had in 2015 and 2016.

StopVikkAbuse

A running joke among the Sidemen and their audience is that particular members of the group, namely KSI, "bully" Vik.[3][4] Vik mentioned that in the past he would sometimes be affected by this but has said many times that it no longer affects him as they are all friends and a lot of the time it is just entertainment for the Sidemen videos. This joke regularly appears in KSI's reddit videos.

Helmet Boy depicted in 2D animation, made by Team SmashBits.

Helmet Boy

In older GTA videos around 2014 and 2015, Vik referred to himself as "Helmet Boy", and he lives the "Helmet Boy Origins". In his "Helmet Boy" persona, Vik wears a helmet with no other armour and speaks in an exaggerated northern accent, much like the character "Devvo". He believed that his helmet gives him heightened resistance to attacks in GTA, and he often tested this out with amusing results.[5]

Trivia

  • As of 2021, Vik has an estimated net worth of $9 million.[6] In a Sidemen Sunday video, he stated that that he has earned roughly £2 million from Minecraft servers alone.[7]
  • Vik is the fourth most subscribed Sidemen member after KSI, W2S and Miniminter.
  • For a number of years in the mid-2010s, Vik's sleeping pattern was from 11:00am to 6:00pm.
  • Vik's diss track "THE END - SIDEMEN DISS TRACK REPLY" directed at Deji was put on YouTube on 15 August 2017 (during the Sidemen war), which happens to be the date of India's 71st Independence Day. However, he said that he did not do this on purpose.
  • Vik broke his collar bone during a skiing trip in February 2018,[8] not long after the KSI V Joe Weller fight.
  • Unlike the other Sidemen, Vik uploads gaming videos on his main channel, while four other Sidemen that game consistently (Josh, Simon, Ethan, and Tobi) upload gameplay on their second channels.
  • Vik has a Silver Duke of Edinburgh award.
  • He is about 5ft 8 in height.[9]
  • He has appeared in a video with Hacker T. Dog.[10]

References

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