Logan Paul is still trying to redeem himself for posting an alarming video of a suicide victim on his popular YouTube page.
Paul, 22, sat down with Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America” for his first TV interview after facing immense backlash for the video, and he kicked things off by discussing how hard it’s been on him.
“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. The most horrible, horrific things,” Paul explained.
When Strahan asked him if the criticism was unfair, the social media sensation laughed and said it was fair.
Paul also said the idea of visiting the “Suicide Forest” in Japan was to make a fun piece of content about camping for a night.
“It was a 100 yards away from the park. It doesn’t make any sense,” Paul said of finding the victim.
As for his decision to post the video after both filming and editing it, Paul said he did think twice about posting it.
“The idea was to shock and show the harsh realities of suicide and get people talking about something that I don’t think people are talking about much, and still that’s the goal today,” Paul continued.
He also said that he never meant to make parents of his young viewers worry about his content.
“It’s not like I’m a bad guy,” he said. “I am a good guy who made a bad decision. “
Google Preferred dropped Paul from their service after he came under fire for the Dec. 31 post — and the vlogger told Strahan that the situation impacts his bottom line.
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“It hurts, but it’s not like I’m drowning…” he said, with an unfortunate use of the word.
“I try not to live my life thinking about money because money doesn’t make me happy,” he explained. “Creating and making other people happy makes me happy. Creating content to make people smile and laugh is what makes me happy.”
Paul later made a suicide prevention video where he met survivors and spoke with activist groups. He shared that he believes everything happens for a reason and from his own experience he learned that “crisis passes.”
“This has been, to be honest with you, the hardest time of my life. I’ve never been hated by the whole world and it’s — it’s been something to definitely overcome,” Paul said.
“I will think twice in the future about what I post. Probably three times.”