YouTuber Logan Paul and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson were once friendly and filmed several videos together in 2017.
But, Paul recently revealed, their relationship abruptly ended after the “Impaulsive” vlogger’s infamous “suicide forest” video.
Controversial influencer Logan Paul rose to fame on the now-defunct platform Vine by making slapstick comedy sketches. He currently has 25.3 million subscribers on YouTube.
In 2017, when Paul was reaching the peak of his online fame making vlogs and collaborating with high-profile YouTubers, he also forged a friendship with former WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Paul has often referred to Johnson as his “idol,” and the pair filmed several videos together after Johnson officially launched his YouTube channel in 2016.
But then, in 2017, Paul visited Aokigahara, a forest near the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan known as the “suicide forest” because of the relatively large number of people who have killed themselves at the location. The video, since deleted, featured several scenes of Paul and his entourage standing around a dead body they came across in the forest.
Months later, Paul apologized, but not before losing thousands of followers, dozens of lucrative sponsorship deals, and facing a $3 million lawsuit stemming from the video. More recently, Paul revealed the stunt led to “The Rock” cutting ties with him and requesting — via a publicist — that Paul delete all photos and videos showing the pair together.
Johnson has not publicly addressed Paul’s claims about their relationship, and neither Johnson nor Paul immediately responded to Insider’s request for comment.
Here’s how a friendship between Johnson and Paul grew before it was suddenly cut short, according to Paul.