Logan Paul has recalled losing his ‘hero’ Dwayne Johnson after sharing a video from Japan’s suicide forest, an act he labelled a ‘grotesque error’.
The vlogger, turned actor, turned podcaster, turned wrestler reflected on his burgeoning relationship with The Rock, after the former WWE legend and Hollywood star teamed up with Logan for a series of now-viral videos at the beginning of Logan’s career.
However, in 2017, Logan became public enemy number one when he filmed a dead body in Aokigahara, Japan’s so-called ‘suicide forest’. The video was on YouTube for 24 hours before it was deleted, with Logan later issuing an apology.
Despite the YouTuber taking a month away from the internet, later returning with a suicide awareness video, and pledging to donate $1million (£815,000) to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, his profile took a hit and, according to Logan, that included Dwayne allegedly severing ties with the star at the time.
During an appearance on the True Geordie Podcast, he was reluctant to share details on the fallout from the video in regards to his relationship with Dwayne, but went on to reveal he got a call from his publicist.
He said: ‘We made a couple videos together…great guy in real life. I was scared to meet him…sweetheart, gave me the time of day, it was awesome.
‘Made three or four videos on separate occasions that went crazy viral. I would consider him, maybe not a friend, definitely an acquaintance.’
Logan branded Dwayne his ‘hero’ (Picture: Getty Images North America)
The vlogger turned wrestler was hesitant to open up on the story (Picture: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
He went on: ‘I don’t know if I can tell this story…’
After some encouragement, Logan said: ‘This was one of the saddest moments of my life, I’m about to say.
‘After Japan happened, I obviously found myself in a hole, rightfully so, that I had never been in before. Extremely low, mentally, and I got a call from my publicist, who also repped Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and she’s like, “hey Dwayne has asked you remove every video and picture that he had done with him. And maybe in the future, the relationship can be reconciled but for now, he basically wants nothing to do”. Which I also understood.
Logan’s ‘suicide forest’ video attracted major backlash (Picture: YouTube)
He’d found fame with viral videos on YouTube and social media (Picture: Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File)
‘I get it. I made a grotesque error and he has had things happen in his life where that incident has affected him in a vastly different way. So, I understood it. That was the other part.’
‘I was like “f**k…”‘ Logan added, continuing: ‘I just wish I would have got a call or text or something, because I thought we had a healthy relationship, an open line of communication. I was so sad my hero wanted nothing to do with me.
‘I was sad because I understood it. I really f**ked up.’
‘I was so disappointed in myself…and so, I vowed to get better, time passed, I start doing well and I don’t know, I just wanted to be able to build the relationship with Dwayne that didn’t end up happening.’
Logan went on to claim Dwayne reached out ‘about three months ago…like nothing ever happened’, and while he is yet to reply because he ‘didn’t know what to say’, Logan added: ‘I think I’m a scumbag for outing this story publicly.’
The podcaster said he would be lying if he said he wasn’t hurt, but insisted the actor is ‘f**king awsome, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is awesome’ and that, to him, the Jungle Cruise star owes him nothing.
Metro.co.uk contacted reps of Dwayne for comment.
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