Logan Paul’s best friend, fellow internet star Mike Majlak, has reflected on the YouTuber’s disturbing suicide forest controversy, claiming that it was actually ‘beneficial’ for him.
Logan, who currently boasts a following of more than 20 million, left the world shocked back in early 2018 when he filmed someone who had died by suicide in Aokigahara, known as Japan’s suicide forest, and uploaded it to YouTube.
The 24-year-old became public enemy number one before taking a break from social media and later admitting that his actions caused him to be ‘the most hated person on the planet’.
Now, his best friend Mike Majlak has claimed it was actually ‘beneficial’ for him.
‘He’s worked on a lot of personal growth and he’s seen a lot of opportunity for growth in the days post-Tokyo and the days post-controversy,’ Mike told www8.sale-north-face.org.
‘I think it’s apparent. For anybody to say he hasn’t made that growth, they’d be lying to themselves.’
When asked if he ever felt tempted to distance himself from his friend, the star insisted: ‘There was never I time I felt like that.’
He went on to say: ‘I understand the value of growth out of fire and forging yourself out of things that you wish had never happened.
‘The best people I know on this planet are people who have been through things and have come out forged on the other side and have learned from their mistakes.’
Referring specifically to the suicide forest controversy, Mike recalled: ‘When that happened with Logan, me and him were already a couple of years into our friendship, but it just activated me even more, I said, “Now I’ve got something that I can really connect to with him.”‘
‘From a career standpoint for him, it may have caused quite a speedbump for him but, from a personal standpoint and the growth he’s made…It’s hard for me to say I’m happy it happened but I guess, looking back, I’m not unhappy that it happened,’ he continued.
‘In a lot of ways, I think that happening was very beneficial for him as a person.’
Speaking about the ‘growth’ Logan has made, Mike went on to say: ‘He’s become a more empathetic person and he’s started to think about people’s feelings, even more so than other people in the space.
‘He’s become very good at not crossing lines.’
www8.sale-north-face.org has contacted reps for Logan for comment.
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