Logan Paul appeared on Good Morning America in his first television appearance since his now infamous Suicide Forest video.
Has the shocking and silly YouTuber turned over a new leaf? That’s the question most ask as they watch Logan Paul’s first interview since the Suicide Forest controversy that embroiled him in a month’s long internet flame war.
“It's been tough because ironically I'm being told to commit suicide myself. Millions of people, literally, telling me they hate me, to go die in a fire,” Paul tells Michael Strahan during the interview. “It’s the most horrible, horrific things.”
FULL INTERVIEW: YouTube star @LoganPaul speaks out, one-on-one with @MichaelStrahan. "I am a good guy who made a bad decision...I will think twice in the future about what I post." pic.twitter.com/5ju8WPA4HV— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 1, 2018
Last month Paul was plunged into controversy after posting a video depicting a dead body to YouTube. The body was a recent suicide victim in Japan’s Suicide Forest, an area notorious for men and women taking their own lives.
"The idea was to just do another fun vlog, go camp for a night, and make an entertaining piece of content in a forest,” Logan admits. “And things obviously changed pretty drastically and quickly."
After posting the video Logan faced immediate backlash not just from his fans but from all of social media. YouTube was flooded with response videos to Paul’s video, while Twitter and Instagram users conveyed their outrage at the YouTube star.
YouTube was eventually forced to issue an official response, dropping all of Logan’s upcoming projects and taking him off Google Preferred, an advertising service that was his main source of revenue.
“While I don’t necessarily maybe agree with it, I do respect it,” Paul admits, before saying how it affected his bottom line. “It hurts, but it’s not like I’m drowning. I try not to live my life thinking about money because money doesn’t make me happy,” he said. “Creating content to make people smile and laugh, that’s what makes me happy.”
Logan returned to YouTube last week with a video entitled “Suicide: Be Here Tomorrow”, where he interviews a suicide survivor and educates the viewer on suicide prevention.
"One of the things I'm learning is that crisis passes,” Paul said. "I've been hated by the whole world and it's been something for me to definitely overcome."
One thing for sure, according to Paul, is that he will “think twice, probably three times," before he posts another video to YouTube.