Logan Alexander Paul (born April 1, 1995) is an American internet personality, actor, professional boxer, director and musician.
Logan Alexander Paul was born on April 1, 1995 in Westlake, Ohio and grew up in Cleveland. Paul claims to possess English, Irish, German-Jewish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Growing up in Ohio with younger brother Jake Paul, he began creating internet videos for a YouTube channel called Zoosh when he was 10 years old.
Paul attended Westlake High School, achieving the ranks of the Plain Dealer's All-Star linebacker on the football team in 2012, and qualifying for the state-level Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) 2013 Division I Wrestling Individual Championships.
By the time he attended college, his YouTube channel had attained a modest following via the platform Vine. He majored in Industrial Engineering at Ohio University before dropping out in 2014 to pursue a career as a full-time social media entertainer in Los Angeles, moving into an apartment complex in Los Angeles with other Vine stars.
Paul rose to fame as a member on the Internet video sharing service Vine. In February 2014, he had over 3.1 million followers on various social media platforms. By April 2014 he had attained 105,000 Twitter followers, 361,000 Instagram followers, 31,000 likes on his Facebook page and about 150,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. A YouTube compilation video of his Vine work garnered more than four million views the first week it was posted. In 2015 he was ranked as the 10th most influential figure on Vine, with his six-second videos earning him hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising revenue. By that October, his Facebook videos alone had more than 300 million views.
In October 2015, Paul lived in the same apartment complex on Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, California as other social media celebrities including Amanda Cerny, Juanpa Zurita, and Andrew Bachelor, with his roommates Mark Dohner and Evan "Dwarf Mamba" Eckenrode. This proximity facilitated various collaborations on their respective videos. In October 2017, Paul and Eckenrode relocated to an estate in Encino, California, having been evicted from their previous residence. On February 10, 2018, Paul revealed that nearly twenty individuals were living with him in his estate. On April 6, 2019, Paul's Pomeranian dog named Kong died after being attacked by a coyote. As of the time of his death, Kong was known to be 3 years old and had his own Instagram account with nearly 3 million followers. On July 23 of the same year, Paul's parrot, Maverick, the inspiration behind his clothing line, Maverick by Logan Paul, died after being attacked by Paul's pet Mastiff, Ginger. Paul has owned Maverick since he was 18, and at the time of his death, accumulated 1.3 million followers on Instagram.
In early 2015, Paul appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He also appeared on the Fox TV series Weird Loners, where he appeared in the role of the Paul Twins. He starred in two episodes of the Freeform series Stitchers. In 2016, Paul starred in the YouTube Red movie The Thinning opposite Peyton List. In early 2016, Paul trained with drama coaches and the comedy troupes The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade.
Paul wrote the screenplay for an adult comedy, Airplane Mode, which has been described as "American Pie for Gen Z", and by Paul himself as "Expendables with Internet stars." The film was originally planned to be released in 2017, but was eventually released on August 2, 2019 after being delayed. Paul was also involved in a number of advertising campaigns, including for Hanes, PepsiCo, and HBO. In 2016, Comcast purchased a short form digital TV series from Paul called Logan Paul VS.
"TheOfficialLoganPaul" is the YouTube account used by Paul to upload short films and comedy sketches. Paul also posts a daily vlog to "Logan Paul Vlogs", uploading every day from September 12, 2016, to January 1, 2018. While his first channel has a following of 4.36 million, his vlog channel surpassed it with a following of 15.7 million as of January 10, 2018.
In February 2017, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson released on his own YouTube channel "Logan Paul has been cut from, like, all of The Rock's movies", a video starring himself and Paul, in which Johnson informs Paul that he has been cut from all of Johnson's films, and consoles Paul by making him the "ambassador" to his upcoming Baywatch feature film. That April, Johnson and Paul reunited for "Logan Paul is, like, totally terrible at falling in love with Alexandra Daddario", the first part of a video sketch in which Paul tries to impress Johnson in order to win a part in the film, and falls in love with actress Alexandra Daddario in the process. It was later revealed in a deleted scene that Paul really was cut from the 2017 film Baywatch. He would have cameoed as Zane, who bullies Ronnie for taking his shirt off.
In October 2017, Paul claimed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he was missing 15% of his right testicle as a result of a stunt. For one of his Vine videos, Paul was at a shopping mall and during the stunt had landed onto a chair with his right testicle afflicted. Three days after, Paul decided to go to a hospital where he was told the right testicle had been damaged.
On November 23, 2017, Paul released his new single, "No Handlebars", a track based heavily around an interpolated sample of the song "Handlebars" by the American alternative hip hop group Flobots. The song was heavily criticized for its perceived sexual objectification of women, including a scene in its music video where Paul rides several women like a bicycle. Flobots frontman Jamie Laurie lambasted Paul for both the "sexist" lyrical content of the song and for unauthorized use of the sample, calling him the face of "douchebag entitlement." Laurie would later go on to release a track with lyrics deriding Paul, titled "Handle Your Bars". Paul did not respond to Laurie's comments nor the backlash towards "No Handlebars", however, he has since deleted the song from YouTube.
On December 31, 2017, Paul uploaded a vlog to his YouTube channel depicting the recently deceased corpse of a man who had committed suicide by hanging in Aokigahara at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, known as the "suicide forest" due to its infamy as a suicide site. Initially intended to be part three of his "Tokyo Adventures" series, Paul and his group had planned to camp in the woods, but in response to finding the corpse, decided to notify the authorities and cancel their plans. The video gained 6.3 million views within 24 hours of being uploaded. Logan was also criticized for other misbehavior he was captured taking part in during the trip, including climbing onto a moving forklift at the Tsukiji fish market, removing his clothing on a crowded street, then proceeding to 'fight' with one of the people he was travelling with, and throwing a giant Poké Ball at passing citizens, including an officer of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.
As a result of the backlash, Paul removed the video from his YouTube channel, following up with a written apology on Twitter on January 1, 2018. On January 2, 2018, a subsequent video apology was released to YouTube in which Paul describes his behavior as a "coping mechanism", asking his fans to stop defending his actions in the process. While acknowledging his actions as irresponsible, he denied that his intention was to mock the victim.
Paul's video depicting the corpse and his group's reactions to it was criticized by celebrities and politicians. In addition, Paul was accused by other members of the YouTube community of being insensitive to suicide victims. Several petitions were made to Change.org urging YouTube to delete Paul's channel, the largest of which received more than 500,000 signatures as of January 12, 2018.
On February 3, 2018, following his white collar amateur boxing match with Joe Weller, British YouTube personality Olajide "JJ" Olatunji, better known as KSI, challenged Paul to a boxing match while also challenging Paul's brother Jake, and retired footballer Rio Ferdinand.
On February 9, 2018, YouTube suspended all advertising on Paul's channels due to his "pattern of behavior", since he had recently joked about participating in the Tide Pod challenge, removed an ill fish from his pond to "jokingly give it CPR", and tasered two dead rats. The income stream estimated to be worth more than a million dollars a month was halted, though temporarily. During the suspension, Paul started to branch out his content, and tried streaming on Twitch.
On February 24, 2018, it was announced that the Paul brothers would be fighting the Olatunji brothers (KSI and his younger brother Deji, also known as ComedyShortsGamer) in a series of boxing matches, with Logan boxing Olajide in one match and Jake boxing Deji in the other. The fight ended in a draw with two judges scoring the fight as 57–57 and a third judge, who decided it was 58–57 in favor of KSI.
In January 2019, Paul made a statement on his podcast Impaulsive, "What is it, male-only March?" said Paul, "We're gonna attempt to go gay for just one month." Paul has faced some criticism, with many people condemning Paul over his remarks, and he emphasized that being gay isn't a choice. The LGBT+ organization GLAAD responded to Paul's statement on Twitter, writing: "That's not how it works, Logan Paul." Paul would later respond to the criticism, mentioning that he used "very poor choice of words... [and it was his] fault". Then Paul asked GLAAD to "get together and talk about [the controversy] on [his] podcast" as a formal apology. He eventually released the apology, which was delayed because Paul was at the time, recovering from tonsillectomy. He later talked with LGBT+ activist Josh Seefried about the topic on-air.
In January 2019, Paul underwent tonsillectomy.
In February 2019, Paul claimed that he has brain damage, which he sustained from playing high school football. Paul claims it affects his ability to have empathy and a human connection with others.
In March 2019, Paul released what many have dubbed as a Flat Earth "mockumentary", in which a full-length documentary about the Flat Earth Theory. In the video, Paul interviewed many self-proclaimed "Flat Earthers", and did a speech at the 2018 Flat Earth International Conference, which took place in Denver, Colorado. Paul's "Documentary" would be better defined as a sketch-comedy. In October 2019, Paul came under fire for some remarks he made while promoting his professional boxing match against Olajide "KSI" Olatunji at the United Kingdom Press Conference. While responding to Olatunji's insults, Paul stated that, “Y’all might not know but JJ’s on his fifth abortion,” Paul said, referring to Olatunji. “That’s five babies dead and I think I’m gonna return the favor and I might kill you man, I might end you man." The media of pro-choicers took to Twitter to announce their displeasure with his remarks, some using the hashtag "Logan Paul is over", while pro-lifers came to his defense of his remarks. Paul later addressed the controversy on his podcast and video addressing the reactions to the press conference, saying the remark was only going to be used if absolute necessary, and had a bad feeling after saying it. He also shut down the pro-lifers defense by confirming that he is, indeed, pro-choice.
On January 24, Paul uploaded his first video to the "Logan Paul Vlogs" channel since the apology video uploaded three weeks prior. In this video, Paul takes an in-depth look at suicide prevention, interviewing Golden Gate Bridge jumper Kevin Hines, musical activist Bob Forrest, and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline director John Draper. The video was met with mostly positive feedback and has a total of 30 million views as of March 2019. In addition, Paul has donated $1 million to suicide prevention agencies, a quarter of which is going to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
On September 4, 2019, it was announced that Paul would be making his professional boxing debut in a rematch against KSI exclusively on DAZN. The fight is scheduled to take place on November 9 at the Staples Center.