Logan Paul has revealed that Dwayne Johnson asked him to remove all content of them together after the Japan suicide forest controversy. The controversial YouTuber Logan Paul appeared on the “True Geordie” podcast on Monday.
The controversial influencer Logan Paul said on a podcast on Monday that the wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson cut ties with him in 2017 after Paul received backlash for filming a dead body in Japan
The video caused severe backlash, with Logan losing business deals and having his YouTube account temporarily demonetised.
Shortly after, the vlogger apologised for the incident and vowed to do better, seemingly learning from the monumental mistake – but he still feels the reverberations today, in particular after being dropped by The Rock.
In a recent sit-down with fellow YouTuber True Geordie, Paul detailed how his relationship with the movie star developed back when he was still making Vines.
They made a few sketches together that went ‘crazy viral’, and Paul admitted he was ‘scared to meet him’ in case he didn’t live up to the idea of him he had in his head.
In reality, however, he said Johnson was ‘awesome’ and ‘gave me the time of day’. Which is why what unfolded after the Japan controversy was one of the ‘saddest moments’ of his life.
Speaking hesitantly to Geordie, Paul said: “After Japan happened, obviously found myself in a hole – rightfully so – that I had never been in before.
“I get it. You know, I made a grotesque error and he has had things happen in his life where like a lot of people that incident affected him in a personal way,” he continued.
In January 2018, Paul tweeted an apology statement about the video, which has become known as the “suicide forest” video, saying: “With great power comes great responsibility… for the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again.”
Paul lost several deals with brands and advertisers in the wake of the controversy but has regained popularity on social media, continuing to post YouTube videos and recently launching a line of sports drinks called Prime Hydration with the British YouTuber KSI.
After competing in boxing matches against YouTubers and athletes, Paul made his wrestling debut in April at WrestleMania, an annual pay-per-view event hosted by the WWE network. Paul fought in a tag-team match with the WWE superstar The Miz, winning against the father-son duo Rey and Dominik Mysterio.