While it was love at first sight for Rose, Rosie admits it took her a little more time. “I’m quite a guarded person in terms of relationships,” she says. “Rose helped me break down my barriers.”
Part of the breaking down of those barriers has been the playing out on YouTube of their relationship, something the pair began about six months after meeting. Rose already had a burgeoning YouTube presence and the two decided to join forces to capitalise on it.
“We both grew up loving drama,” says Rose. “I wanted to be an actress when I was young, I studied film at university and Rosie did media studies, so we were both really interested in on-screen performance.”
Don’t Leave Our Audience Waiting
In the early days of their relationship the pair could only meet at weekends. “If we made a video I’d try to get it up the next day,” Rose explains. “We had seven people watching our videos back then and I was like, we don’t want to leave our audience waiting!”
For anyone starting out on YouTube, this kind of consistent enthusiasm is key to success. “I think timing was good for us too,” says Rosie. “We got on the YouTube train before there was this huge thing about becoming famous online and making big amounts of money from it.”
Subscribers to Rose and Rosie’s channels have journeyed with the pair through the early days of their relationship, through their engagement in 2014 and their wedding the following year, which has attracted almost 1.2 million views to date. But they’re nervous of the term ‘role models’.
“It gives you this huge responsibility,” says Rose. “I mean, who am I to talk about what it’s like to be a lesbian, when it’s a different experience for a lot of different people? At the beginning I felt like I wasn’t really qualified, but as we’ve developed on-line we’ve realised we are impacting on people’s lives in a positive way. I think that talking about our lives normalises being gay more than going on and on about how normal being gay is.”
Rosie identifies as bisexual and on her own YouTube channel, The Roxetera, she has a series of videos in which she seeks to break down myths and stereotypes surrounding bisexuality. She was driven to do this by the biphobia she encountered at the start of the Rose and Rosie online journey.
“Everyone would comment, saying things like ‘Rosie is going to leave Rose for a man,’ or ‘Rosie’s confused,’ or ‘Rosie’s really straight’,” she says. “Nowadays I get messages like, ‘I used to think a certain way about bisexuals and I realise that was wrong, and you’ve changed my mind’.”
Part of the Rose and Rosie online identity is openness about their sexual relationship.
Keep reading to find out about Rose and Rosie’s sex positive videos, unplugging from the internet and the couple’s comedy tour in Ireland.
Rose and Rosie’s ‘Exposed’ is at Vicar Street on Monday, April 24, tickets from €32.50 on Ticketmaster.ie.