I am now a Jerika Stan, and I blame Shane Dawson

12 October 2018, 17:00 | Updated: 16 October 2018, 16:45

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Picture: YouTube: Jake Paul
Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

How could I let this happen?

All right, confession time: I have accidentally become a Jerika stan and I don't know what to do. Please help me.

I am a grown adult. I'm nearly 25-years-old. I've never 'stanned' a couple before (nothing against it, it's just not who I am) but now I stan goddamn Jerika. What am I going to do? Please, help me.

What the hell is 'Jerika', anyway?

'Jerika' is the couple name of YouTuber Erika Costell and beloved children's entertainer Jake Paul. The word is, as you've probably already surmised, a combination of their two first names.

They have been together for ohhhh a certain amount of time (hey, I said I was a stan, not an expert) and frequently collaborate on videos and general Team 10 nonsense. And also I love them now I guess.

I blame Shane Dawson for this

Shane Dawson is, as I'm sure you're aware, currently releasing a pretty fantastic documentary series about Jake Paul, in which he uses detective work to try and understand why he's so annoying.

Throughout this series, the topic of Erika Costell has repeatedly popped up, as everyone questions what a person who dates Jake Paul could possibly be like. This peaked with Shane interviewing the woman herself, and hanging out with the couple as they go about their wacky lives.

And you know what - you know bloody what, reader? Jake and Erica are very, very nice together. Perhaps even stan-worthy.

The more I ponder this issue, the more I realise that I probably just like Erika and admire her ability to somehow - somehow - keep Jake Paul in line. Keeping Jake in line is like trying to grab a fistful of mercury and stuff it into a moving go-kart and yet she does it.

Now listen, I don't keep up with Team 10 events, it's not like that's literally my job or anything, so there's a chance that Erika may have done some horrible thing I don't know about, but right now, I don't care, all I care about is my temporary love for their great romance.

A romance for the ages.

Romeo and Juliet? Laughable. Mr Darcy and the woman from that thing from the old book? Amateurs. And if you think that those bozos Jack and Rose from the Bad Ship Movie are a better couple than my boy J and his girl 'Rika, then I've got some news for you, in regards to our house. You see:

┏┓
┃┃╱╲ In this
┃╱╱╲╲ house
╱╱╭╮╲╲ we only love
▔▏┗┛▕▔ & appreciate
╱▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔╲
Jerika
╱╱┏┳┓╭╮┏┳┓ ╲╲
▔▏┗┻┛┃┃┗┻┛▕▔

There's a moment in Shane's doc when the crew are riding around in a very dumb looking Team 10 car, and Jake Paul, being Jake Paul, decides to start playing his own music.

At first he plays 'Everyday Bro', the musical equivalent of getting a terrified bat caught under your t-shirt, but then he changes his tune (quite literally heh heh heh) to 'JERIKA', the love song he made with dear Erika.

Shane captures the moment as the couple sit, holding hands, listening to their awful song - and it's a genuine moment. It's probably the only genuine moment Jake Paul has ever been involved with.

Everyone is different - some people are tall, some people are not; some people are loud, some people are not; some are absolutely insufferable, like crazy annoying, and some are fine.

I may not understand the life that Jerika leads, but I liked that one small clip from the Shane Dawson doc, so I guess what I'm trying to conclude here is that love does exist and that love's true name... is Jerika.

Thank you.