Logan Paul reveals how his ‘hero’ Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson severed ties with him in aftermath of sick video taken from Japan’s ‘suicide forest’: ‘One of the saddest moments of my life’
- Logan Paul revealed how his ‘hero’ Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson severed ties with him after his ‘suicide forest’ video in 2017
- Paul was slammed for posting video which appeared to a show a person who had just hanged himself from a tree in Japan
- In 2018, The Rock revealed his mother Ata attempted suicide in front of him when he was just 15 by walking into incoming traffic
- Paul said he did hear from The Rock recently but did not respond
Paul, 27, was slammed after posting a YouTube video in December 2017 that appeared to show a person who had hanged himself from a tree.
But, speaking on True Geordie’s podcast, Logan called learning The Rock, 50, in particular wanted nothing to do with him ‘one of the saddest moments of my life.’
‘One of the saddest moments of my life’: Logan Paul recalled the pain of learning Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson wanted to severe ties with him after his ‘suicide forest’ video
‘After Japan happened, 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, “Dwayne has asked that you remove every picture and video that you’ve done with him. And maybe in the future the relationship can be reconciled but for now, he basically wants nothing to do with you.” Which I also understood, I get it.
‘You know, I made a grotesque error and he has had things happen in his life where a lot of people that incident affected him vastly different.’
In 2018, The Rock revealed his mother Ata attempted suicide in front of him when he was just 15 by walking into incoming traffic.
‘So I understood it and that was the other part. I was like, “F**k. F**k.” You sleep in the bed you make, right?’ Logan said. ‘But I just wish I would have gotten like a call or a text or something because I thought we had a healthy relationship with an open line of communication and I was so sad that my hero wanted nothing to do with me. And I was sad because I understood it. I really f**ked up.’
‘You sleep in the bed you make, right?’ Paul was sympathetic towards The Rock in his decision to sever ties with him but still struggled with the memory
‘Just something man, anything,’ he added.
‘I totally got where he was coming from,’ he added. ‘I was so disappointed, like in myself. Like real disappointment in myself. And so, I vowed to get better, I vowed to change, whatever, time passed, I start doing well.
‘I just, I don’t know. I just wanted to be able to build a relationship with Dwayne that didn’t end up happening.’
Logan said he did eventually hear from Dwayne on Instagram DM after he posted but he never replied.
Unfriend: Paul alleges his representative requested he remove all videos featuring The Rock on behalf of the actor
‘I did not reach out to him, he did, about five months ago. No, three months ago,’ he said, adding The Rock acted as though ‘nothing ever happened.’
‘You know that video where the monkey took my prime? He thought it was funny,’ he explained.
‘He didn’t acknowledge that there was ever any disconnect’ Geordie asked. Logan shook his head and said he never replied.
Popping back in: Paul claims he did recently hear from The Rock though he never replied to his message
‘That’s your hero, and you’re basically saying, ‘If I wasn’t good enough for my dark times, am I good enough now for you? Okay, well no thank you.’ And that was the frame of mind, was it?’ he asked. Logan agreed.
‘I think I’m a scumbag for outing this story publicly,’ Logan said when asked if he would reply to his message.
He said he didn’t reply because he ‘didn’t know what to say.’
‘I’m still stuck on the cold turkey,’ he explained. ‘I’m still stuck on the, “Hey bro, hey kid, I know we were cool, I don’t want f**king anything to do with you. Delete everything that I’m in connected to you.” I’m still stuck on that. So four years later when it’s a “Hey dude, always been supportin’ you from afar,” key word afar. I don’t know what to say.’
‘I did have heroes of mine do that’: Logan also said he had heard from other ‘heroes’ who reached out personally to distance themselves from him at the time of the controversy
‘I get it, I get it, but… I’m still stuck here and it hurt and he probably didn’t think twice about it. Or, I’ve considered this… my publicist just made all of it up in which case I’m a f**king a**hole because they’re supposed to protect him too. The only thing is they also rep Kevin Hart and I had made videos with Kevin. And when I say rep, it’s like one to one. That is his publicist, she is my publicist as well. And Kevin didn’t have me remove the video. Same s**t happened, a bunch of viral videos.’
Logan also said he had heard from other ‘heroes’ who reached out personally to distance themselves from him at the time of the controversy.
‘I did have heroes of mine do that,’ he explained. ‘They did… call me personally. “Hey bro, I’m sure you understand, I can’t have anything to do with you right now. Right?” And I said, “Dude I f**king feel you. It’s all done, anything we’ve ever done.”‘
After facing backlash for posting the video, Logan apologized for his actions, saying that he’s ‘sorry’ and he’s never ‘faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before’.
‘I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong,’ Logan said in his January 2018 statement.
Logan claimed in his apology that he ‘didn’t do it for views’ because he already gets views.
‘I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity… I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought “if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it,” I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video.’
The apology continued with: ‘I do this sh*t every day. I’ve made a 15 minute TV show EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past 460+ days. One may understand that it’s easy to get caught up in the moment without fully weighing the possible ramifications.’
Many people reacted to his apology by saying they didn’t understand how someone could ‘get caught up in the moment’ while filming a man who had just committed suicide.
For confidential support call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.