The Saccone Jolys, an Irish family vlogging channel run by parents Anna and Jonathan Saccone Joly, have recently deleted their back catalogue of YouTube videos. They've deleted around 12 years of videos.
The family released a video on their channel addressing the decision titled, "Why we deleted all our YouTube videos". In the video Jonathan shared a segment of a podcast he appeared on where he was asked why they chose to delete the videos.
He said, "The internet is not the same place that it used to be, I'm not the same person as I used to be."
He went on to say how things were changing and how they would have done some things differently if they were to do them now, "Our two youngest kids are the age our two oldest kids were during the peak of when we did YouTube and I just think it's not right to do it anymore."
When asked about the criticism they had received in the past Jonathan said, "We were public. We went through some of our biggest parenting trials in the public eye, so that was definitely challenging to say the least.
"But I don't regret anything we did. We did it. It was a thing that people did during that time. We started YouTube in 2008. If you think about 2008 compared to 2022, the internet evolved a lot, people's opinions evolved a lot."
He went on to talk about how their kids have reacted to this, saying his kids now approach him wanting to make videos, owing to the short form video format that has emerged through platforms such as TikTok and Instagram.
He said, "They come to me now. The tables have turned and I'm more the one saying 'no, no, you shouldn't do that."
He added, "They're annoyed that we don't do YouTube anymore."
He then said of their decision to film their family, "I wouldn't do it again. I'm really happy that the timing was great, we got lucky, it worked out for us in a way but I just don't feel like it's right for us anymore."
Last year the Saconne Joly's exclusively opened up to Closer about the reality of being a YouTube family, and their views on filming their family have clearly changed a lot since then.
At the time they revealed that even as their kids were getting older they hadn't felt that they needed to step back with the filming.
Explaining how they felt about it at the time they said, "Our assumption has always been that we’d pull back as the children get older, and we certainly go through seasons with how we film.
"Sometimes it’s more adult focused, other times the children feature more heavily. However we’ve found that as the children have got older they are the ones who want to film more."
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They added that their kids even liked getting involved with TikTok and vlogging themselves.
"It’s always been a positive experience for them so they often ask us to film them doing a cool new trick/gymnastics move or if they want to share something funny. It’s amazing!" they admitted.
Anna, 34, and Jonathan, 42, have four children, starting with Emilia, who was born in 2012, and then Edie, eight, Alessia, five and Andrea, three.
The couple had all four kids home with them at their Surrey house during the first lockdown. Explaining how they managed that as parents, the pair said that they learnt from the experience.
"We are definitely not meant to be teachers!
"We actually really enjoyed having all of the children home, the only thing we did not find enjoyable was home schooling!" they said.
We can't blame them, to be honest. We're not sure we would be equipped to go through the times tables with four children, either...
When asked whether or not the circumstances built up any tension in their relationship, husband and wife Anna and Jonathan explained that it didn't feel much different because they work in each other's company normally.
They added, "I think it’s made us appreciate the time we have had as a family, because children grow up really fast and school makes it go faster."
Assuming that they had to have been some tantrums with four kids under one roof, we asked the couple how they manage them.
"I can remember a couple that were pretty bad," said Anna.
She continued, "One of them was in public, in a shoe shop and we were so in shock, we just started laughing. Well, it started off as nervous laughter and ended up being full blown giggles. I honestly think that’s all you can do in those kinds of situations.
"In all honesty, we didn’t experience a lot of tantrums as parents which is a miracle I know!"
Millions of parents everywhere just went green with envy, Anna 😂.
If you're wondering how the happy couple manage four kids all the time Anna actually explained, "[It's important to recognise] when the other person needs a break or some ‘me-time’."
When asked if they wanted a fifth child they added that they were happy with the way things were.
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Who are the Saccone Jolys?
The Saccone Jolys are a family of six (plus six dogs) that film their day-to-day lives on YouTube most days of the week. They are made up of parents Anna and Jonathan and kids Emilia, Edie, Alessia and Andrea. Their six maltese dogs are Albi, Sina, Theo, Nivea, Bianca and Nuvies.
Anna and Jonathan are originally from Cork, Ireland and their eldest children, Emilia and Edie, were born there. Now, the family lives in Surrey, where their youngest kids, Alessia and Andrea, were born. Anna was actually born in the US and is half Irish, half Italian. She didn't move to Cork until she was seven years old.
How many subscribers do the Saccone Jolys have?
On YouTube, their main channel has 1.78million subscribers, Anna's independent channel has over 1million subs, and the couple's kid-free podcast-style channel has 365,000 subs.
Can I follow the Saccone Jolys on social media?
Yes, the Saccone Jolys are on YouTube at SACCONEJOLYs, and Jonathan and Anna are on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok as @annasaccone and @jonathanjoly.