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Pranks made Derry man Adam Beales a YouTube star... but buying his parents a new house was a gesture from heart

The Londonderry man, who handed over the keys to his surprised parents this week, tells Leona O'Neill about his meteoric rise to success, some of the unusual fanmail he's received and how he deals with trolls

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Surprise purchase: YouTube star Adam Beales with mum Edelle, dad Paul and younger brother Callum outside the new house

Surprise purchase: YouTube star Adam Beales with mum Edelle, dad Paul and younger brother Callum outside the new house

Online success: the 20-year-old star has over 2.7 million subscribers and shares his travels with fans

Online success: the 20-year-old star has over 2.7 million subscribers and shares his travels with fans

Online success: the 20-year-old star has over 2.7 million subscribers and shares his travels with fans

Online success: the 20-year-old star has over 2.7 million subscribers and shares his travels with fans

Surprise purchase: YouTube star Adam Beales with mum Edelle, dad Paul and younger brother Callum outside the new house

YouTube sensation Adam Beales has come a long way from the eight-year-old boy who used to prank his friends and video the results with his ancient Nokia phone.

The 20-year-old Londonderry man has amassed more than 2.7 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, employed his mum Edelle (43) and father Paul (44) and just this week presented them with the keys of a brand new house he bought them as a thank-you for their ceaseless support.

The success of his channel, which regularly features his parents as well as his younger brother Callum (11), has resulted in him appearing on Disney and CBBC programmes as well as working with the biggest brands in the world.