YouTube star Logan Paul announced Wednesday night (Jan. 3) that he will be taking a break from YouTube and his daily vlogs in order to take “time to reflect” following the controversy he faced from sharing a video of a suicide victim to his viral YouTube channel.
The video, which has since been deleted, was filmed in Japan’s Aokigahara, also known as “suicide forest” due to the high number of suicides that take place within the woods. Paul and his friends filmed their experience in the forest, which included finding a man who had committed suicide, and put it all on tape. Paul was hit hard with an abundance of criticism from fans, celebrities and fellow YouTubers, who deemed the video to be offensive and disrespectful.
Paul initially issued a written apology on his Twitter, followed by a video on his YouTube page with a further statement. “I should have never posted the video,” he said, adding “there are a lot of things I should have done differently, but I didn’t and for that, from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry.”
Paul — who has more than 15 million followers on his YouTube channel — did not specify how long his break will last, but did tell Twitter followers “see you soon.” See his tweet below.
taking time to reflect
no vlog for now
see you soon
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 4, 2018