Nearly a month after YouTuber Logan Paul sparked global outrage after posting a video of a dead body in Japan's Aokigahara forest, his younger brother Jake Paul is finally speaking out about his actions, albeit briefly. In a 13-minute vlog titled, "YouTube, Let’s Talk About Brother Logan Paul," the 21-year-old doesn't address the controversy until the last three minutes, broaching the subject by saying that it's "time to address the elephant in the room."
Jake explained why he waited so long to say something. "I wanted to let the situation have some time to breathe. I know Logan was going through a lot and everyone was talking about it and it didn't feel right to comment on it right away. But as his brother and as someone who knows Logan the best, I do feel it's necessary to say something about it," he shared. "I think what Logan did was very, very, very wrong, and he made a huge mistake. And not only is he paying for it, but he is learning from it."
The Disney Channel star continued, "I think that in no way, shape, or form is suicide a joke or should be made fun of. I don't think it's right what he did, at all. I know Logan more than probably anybody else and I do know though that he did not mean to offend anyone and I can tell when he's in shock and he didn't handle the situation the right way, but I know in the back of his head, he didn't mean to offend or hurt anybody, or create such a big frustration. And he is honestly, truly, truly sorry."
Following numerous apologies, Logan, 22, has been laying low and stopped posting daily vlogs. YouTube also removed him from its Google Preferred premium advertising service and halted production on all of his upcoming projects.
Jake added that his sibling will bounce back from all of this. "He's my brother and I love him and brothers always have to have each other's backs," he said. Here's hoping Logan really does return a changed man.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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