News broke over the weekend that shattered the YouTube community, as Colleen Ballinger and Joshua Evans announced that they will be getting a divorce. After Colleen’s “Life Update” gained millions of views and eventually got their names trending on Twitter, the whole community has wept for the young couple… apart from all the people commenting and watching Joshua’s “Heartbroken” video.
At almost half the length of Colleen’s video, Joshua is seen crying and visibly hurt by the news he’s having to share with his subscribers; “Colleen and I are no longer together, and Colleen is divorcing me”. But this precise statement seems to have caused a lot of anger and frustration in the comments, as fans have interpreted his message as blaming Colleen for the heartbreak – “I want it to be known that I am not choosing this divorce… I want her”.
Throughout the video, Joshua makes it clear that he will be taking a break from all social media for an extended period of time, but he still wishes “nothing but success and happiness for [Colleen] and that just does not involve [him] anymore”. Due to a combination of his video trending on YouTube (thus attracting random people into his pain) and the hateful reaction from regular subscribers, the comment section on this video truly makes you want to weep.
Some fans were fast to say that “marriage counselling is a thing” without knowing all the facts about their divorce, with others saying that Joshua wasn’t trying hard enough; “If you guys put effort into your relationship like you do on your YouTube then maybe it would work out”. Hopefully, with Joshua being offline now, he won’t see these comments in the emotionally raw time he’s in right now.
Most of the comments, however, focus on both Joshua and Colleen’s need to share this personal time in the public eye to their combined 6 million subscribers; “Learn to keep your sh*t private, my god. It’s not anyone business… This is f*cking pathetic, exploiting your divorce and parading your sadness around just to get YouTube views. Pathetic…Let’s all just take a second to talk about how he monetised this video”.