Jake Paul Addresses Brother Logan's Suicide Forest Video: "He Did Not Mean to Offend Anyone"
"I think what Logan did was very, very, very, very wrong, and he made a huge mistake," Jake said in a YouTube video posted on Monday.
Almost a month after the controversy surrounding Logan Paul and his now-deleted video of a suicide victim in Japan, the YouTuber’s older brother, Jake, has officially addressed the issue.
In a video posted Monday (Jan. 22) titled “YouTube, Let’s Talk About Brother Logan Paul,” the vlogger sits down on his couch and does just that. The video already has more than a million views.
"I wanted to let the situation have some time to breathe," Jake said of how long it had taken him to discuss the situation. "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."
"I think what Logan did was very, very, very, very wrong, and he made a huge mistake," he said. "And not only is he paying for it, but he is learning from it. I think that in no way, shape, or form is suicide a joke or should be made fun of.”
Jake then defended his brother, saying that “he did not mean to offend or hurt anybody, or create such a big frustration. And he is honestly, truly, truly sorry.”
The message ends on a lighter note, with Jake insisting that his brother will learn from his mistakes and “bounce back,” with his fans supporting him along the way. Watch the clip below, beginning around the 11-minute mark.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.