The YouTube star explains the true intentions behind his controversial video
Logan Paul has opened up about the fall out from his ‘Suicide Forest’ video in a new interview.
The vlogger was condemned earlier this month after uploading a clip to his YouTube channel that showed him and his friends discovering a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, a notorious suicide hotspot.
It later transpired that Paul was responsible for consistent inappropriate behaviour throughout the trip, including thrusting dead fish in people’s faces and running through the streets dressed as a Pokemon.
The resulting fall-out from the trip prompted YouTube to issue an apology, condemning Paul’s actions and clarifying that they had “acted accordingly”, before removing him from major advertising campaigns.
Paul issued an apology and later asserted that he’s been “treated fairly” in the aftermath of the video, telling TMZ that “everyone deserves second chances, bro.”
Now in a new interview with Good Morning America, Paul has furthered opened up about the fall out, telling interviewer Michael Strahan that he’s being “told to commit suicide”.
“Millions of people, literally, telling me they hate me, to go die in a fire. It’s the most horrible, horrific things,” Paul added.
Strahan asked whether Paul felt the criticism was warranted, to which Paul replied,”That’s the thing,” he said after a brief hesitation. “I do.”
“It’s not like I’m a bad guy. I am a good guy who made a bad decision,” Paul told Strahan. “I will think twice in the future about what I post. Probably three times.”
Paul later said that he believes the video and the criticism “happened for a reason.” “I think that reason is so I could take this experience, learn from it, spread the message, the right way, about suicide prevention and suicide prevention awareness,” he added. You can watch the full interview below.
Before the controversy, Paul boasted a staggering 16 million YouTube followers and secured a net worth of of £11.1 million after earning £9.25 million last year alone.
He also launched a clothing line, called Maverick Apparel and previously purchased a £4.8 million mansion with his vast fortune.