Hereford & Worcester

Agoraphobic Worcestershire singer is YouTube hit

A singer suffering from agoraphobia has become an internet hit after performances from her bedroom attracted two-and-a-half million hits on YouTube.

Jemma Pixie Hixon, from Malvern in Worcestershire, has not left her home for two years as her condition leaves her in fear of open spaces or crowds.

The 20-year-old said the response to her songs was "surreal".

"I sing in my room so to think so many people have seen my singing is crazy," she said.

'Keep dreaming'

Despite her online popularity Miss Hixon said she wanted to do things like a "normal girl".

"I want to go to university, to the cinema, but I can't because I'm trapped in the house," she said.

She said she wanted to get a message across that an illness or a lack of confidence should not mean giving up on everything.

"If you want to do something, fight for it and keep on dreaming," she said.

"I don't think you should just give up because of something like agoraphobia. It doesn't define me, it's just something I'm going through."

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