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Jake Paul Defends Brother Logan in Wake of Suicide Video Controversy

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It’s been just under a month since Logan Paul ventured into Japan’s Aokigahara forest and stumbled upon the dead body of a man who committed suicide. While he and his friends were shocked by the discovery, the former Viner continued to film the deceased (and even made it the video’s thumbnail), make jokes, etc. Since then, he’s faced TONS of criticism from celebrities, social media stars, fans, etc., and subsequently stepped away from the Internet. While the 22-year-old’s dad defended him in the wake of the controversy, his famous younger brother, Jake Paul, has kept his mouth shut. Until now, that is.

The 21-year-old’s latest vlog is titled, “YouTube, Let’s Talk About Brother Logan Paul..” and no, it’s not clickbait.

The Team 10 founder said, “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, or give my perspective about it.”

“I think what Logan did was very, very, very, very wrong, and he made a huge mistake,” he continued. “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 in any way shape or form. […] I don’t think it’s right what he did at all. I know Logan probably more than anybody else and I do know that he did not mean to offend anyone. I can tell when he’s in shock and he didn’t handle the situation in 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.”

Jake said it was “sad to [him]” to see how upset Logan was in the aftermath of his mistake, but knows his brother is strong and will “learn from his mistakes and be able to bounce back.”

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