Controversial YouTube star Logan Paul has returned to the platform with a video about suicide awareness.
The 22-year-old American vlogger drew heavy criticism earlier this month for uploading a video which appeared to show the body of a suicide victim.
The clip, which was watched over one million times before being deleted, showed the vlogger and his friends discovering a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, a notorious suicide hotspot. Paul was seen zooming in on the deceased man’s body and remarking “This is a first for me”, before the friends begin discussing whether they should call the police.
He later claimed the video was an attempt to raise suicide awareness.
In his new video, uploaded earlier today, Paul tells viewers: “I know I’ve made mistakes… I know I’ve let people down.”
“It’s time to start a new chapter in my life as I continue to educate both myself and others on suicide,” he says, adding: “I’m humbled and thankful to say this is just the beginning.”
The video has already amassed more than 1.3m views and attracted more than 800,000 likes. However, Paul’s sincerity has once again been called into question, this time by Calvin Stowell, who works for The Trevor Project, a US charity that aims to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth.
I work at the largest LGBTQ youth suicide prevention org in the world. His reps wouldn’t return my calls or emails. Now he’s monetizing his comeback video while promising to donate to orgs. Which ones? https://t.co/6iz2y4Crpl
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) January 24, 2018
If you are feeling suicidal, and live in the UK, you can call the Samaritans 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for free, on 116 123
If you are feeling suicidal, and live in the US, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for free, on 1-800-273-8255