Logan Alexander Paul (born April 1, 1995) is an American social media personality and professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, performing on their Raw brand. Paul has over 23 million subscribers on his own YouTube channel, and has ranked on the Forbes list for the highest paid YouTube creators in 2017, 2018, and 2021. Paul has also run the Impaulsive podcast since November 2018, which has over 4 million Youtube subscribers.
Paul gained a following in 2013, posting sketches on the video-sharing application Vine. He registered his YouTube channel, TheOfficialLoganPaul, on October 18, 2013, where he started posting regularly following the closure of the Vine app. +more He later created the Logan Paul Vlogs channel on August 29, 2015, which has since become his most-subscribed YouTube channel. As of January 2022, the channel has received 23. 2 million subscribers and over 5. 8 billion views, ranking as the 74th most-subscribed channel in the United States, and placing him among the most-subscribed channels on the platform.
As an actor, Paul's television and film work includes guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Bizaardvark, and roles in films The Thinning (2016) and The Thinning: New World Order (2018). He has also expanded his content into other avenues; he released his debut single "2016" in 2016 and fought British YouTuber and rapper KSI in an amateur white-collar boxing match in 2018. +more The fight ended in a majority draw. In the subsequent rematch, which was a professional bout, Paul lost to KSI by split decision. Paul has been involved in several controversies, most notably in relation to a trip to Japan in December 2017, during which he visited the Aokigahara "suicide forest", filmed a suicide victim, and uploaded the footage to his YouTube channel.
Early life and education
Logan Alexander Paul was born on 1 April 1995, in Westlake, Ohio, to parents Gregory Paul and Pamela Stepnick. He grew up in Westlake with younger brother Jake, who is also a YouTuber and internet personality. +more Paul began creating internet videos for a YouTube channel called Zoosh when he was 10 years old. He 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 2013 Division I Wrestling Individual Championships.
2015-2017: YouTube beginnings
By the time Paul 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. +more1 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. Logan refers to his following as "Logang", which is a portmanteau between his first name and "gang".
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. +more He starred in two episodes of the Freeform series Stitchers. In 2016, he 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. He 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.
In February 2017, Dwayne 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. On November 23, 2017, Paul released his new single, "No Handlebars", a track that draws heavily on an interpolated sample of the song "Handlebars" by the American alternative hip hop group Flobots. +more 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". After Flobots sued Paul for copyright infringement in 2019, he deleted the song from YouTube.
2017-2018: Suicide forest controversy
On December 31, 2017, Paul uploaded a vlog to his YouTube channel depicting the recently deceased corpse of a man who had died by hanging himself 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. +more The video gained 6. 3 million views within 24 hours of being uploaded. Paul's video depicting the corpse and his group's reactions to it were criticized by celebrities and politicians. In addition, he was accused by other members of the YouTube community of being insensitive to suicide victims. He 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 traveling with, and throwing a giant Poké Ball at passing citizens, including an officer of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Several petitions were made to Change. org urging YouTube to delete Paul's channel, the largest of which received more than 720,000 signatures as of February 9, 2018.
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. The following day, on January 2, a subsequent video apology was released to YouTube in which Paul admits he made a "severe and continuous lapse in [his] judgement" and describes his behavior as a "coping mechanism", asking his fans to stop defending his actions in the process. +more On January 9, YouTube issued a statement via their Twitter account condemning Paul's video. In the series of tweets, they said, "It's taken us a long time to respond, but we've been listening to everything you've been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we'll have more to share soon on steps we're taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again. " On January 10, YouTube announced it was removing Paul's channels from Google Preferred, its preferred ad program, and New World Order, the sequel to his YouTube film The Thinning, was placed on hold, with the airing of Logan Paul VS. being halted as well. He was also cut from season 4 of the YouTube Red series Foursome and the role of Alec Fixler was terminated. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also pulled from the schedule the release of the musical film Valley Girl in which Paul plays Mickey Bowen, following the controversies. On January 15, Paul was seen at LAX by reporters from TMZ. He said that he has learned a lot from his mistakes and believes he has been treated "fairly". When asked whether or not he deserves a second chance, Paul replied, "Everyone deserves second chances, bro. " In response, he donated $1 million to suicide prevention agencies, a quarter of which is going to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In response to the controversy, Paul hired Mike Majlak, a former Marketing Manager at furniture company LoveSac, to "make sure that no bad things happen" and work with Logan to help improve his reputation. On February 4, Paul officially returned to his daily vlogs on YouTube after taking a 3-week-long hiatus. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said on February 12 that Paul did not violate YouTube's three-strike policy and did not meet the criteria for being banned from the platform. In the wake of the controversy regarding the suicide video, Maverick Apparel, a brand for juniors and children, threatened Paul with legal action for giving his clothing line a similar name ("Maverick by Logan Paul"), believing shoppers are confusing their line with Paul's, resulting in a deep decline in sales.
2018-present: Boxing, podcast, and further controversies
On February 9, 2018, YouTube suspended all advertising on Paul's channels due to his "pattern of behavior", referring to a joke he tweeted about the Tide Pod challenge, removing a fish from his pond to "jokingly give it CPR", and tasering two dead rats. His revenue was temporarily halted as a result, and as a result of the suspension, he broadcast live on Twitch for the first time. +more Two weeks later, on February 26, YouTube restored ads on Paul's channel; however, his channel was still on a 90-day "probation period" during which time content from his channel was not eligible to be on YouTube's trending tab.
On November 20, 2018, the first episode of Impaulsive was aired. In January 2019, Paul remarked on his Impaulsive podcast, "What is it, male-only March? We're gonna attempt to go gay for just one month. +more" He received widespread criticism for implying that being gay is a choice, with LGBTQ+ organization GLAAD responding to Paul's statement on Twitter, writing, "That's not how it works, Logan Paul. " In March 2019, Paul released what has been described as a mockumentary exploring the Flat Earth Theory. In the video, he interviewed many self-proclaimed "Flat Earthers", and spoke at the 2018 Flat Earth International Conference, which took place in Denver, Colorado. Logan Paul was sued by Planeless Pictures in December 2020 for the aforementioned 2017 incident in Aokigahara, when he posted a video including a recently deceased suicide victim. Planeless Pictures accused him of posting the video in order to escape a movie deal he had with them where he would star in, write, and produce their film Airplane Mode. They also claimed that the video led to Google suspending their contract with them, leaving them $3 million in debt. In 2021, Paul competed on the fifth season of The Masked Singer as "Grandpa Monster". He was unmasked after his second appearance where one of his clues was a foreshadowing of his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. .
KSI vs. Logan Paul
On February 3, 2018, following his white collar amateur boxing match with Joe Weller, British YouTuber KSI challenged Paul to a boxing match. On February 24, 2018, it was announced that Paul and his brother would be fighting KSI and his younger brother, Deji, in two white-collar boxing matches. +more The fight ended as a majority draw, with two judges scoring the fight even at 57-57 and a third judge scoring 58-57 in favor of KSI.
KSI vs. Logan Paul II
On September 4, 2019, it was announced that Paul would be making his professional boxing debut in a rematch against KSI, which would be broadcast exclusively on DAZN in the United States. The fight was scheduled to take place on November 9 at the Staples Center. +more At the UK press conference for the rematch, Paul again stirred controversy as he accused KSI of having five abortions, before remarking, "Five babies dead. I might return the favor and kill you. " He received criticism from abortion rights activists, who described his comment as "horrific", while anti-abortion activists came to his defense. Paul responded by stating, "I said something distasteful and insensitive. ".
The rematch, which consisted of six three minute rounds, resulted in a win for KSI via split decision, with two judges scoring the fight 57-54 and 56-55 for KSI, and one judge scoring it 56-55 in favor of Paul.
Mayweather vs. Paul
On December 6, 2020, it was announced that Paul would face former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. +more in an exhibition bout on February 20, 2021. The fight was postponed, and took place on June 6, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. On May 6, 2021, Mayweather and Paul met for the first time at a press conference at Hard Rock Stadium, where the latter's brother, Jake Paul, became involved in an angry brawl with Mayweather when he removed Mayweather's hat from his head. A visibly irate Mayweather was captured on video saying, "I'll kill you motherfucker! Are you crazy? I'll fuck you up, motherfucker. I don't play motherfucking games. I'll fuck you up. ".
The bout consisted of constant clinching initiated by Paul and went the full distance to the sound of boos from the crowd, with no winner being announced. Mayweather's superior boxing was reflected by the CompuBox punch stats, with Mayweather having landed 43 punches of 107 thrown (40. +more2%), compared to Paul's 28 landed of 217 thrown (12. 9%).
In his post-fight interview, Mayweather praised his opponent, saying: "He's better than I thought he was . +more he's a tough, rough competitor. " Paul appeared to harbor some doubt about how seriously Mayweather had taken the fight, saying: "I'm going to go home thinking, 'Did Floyd let me survive?.
|1||Loss||0-1||KSI||6||Nov 9, 2019||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U. +moreS.|
|0-0 (1)||Floyd Mayweather Jr. +more||N/A||8||Jun 6, 2021||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida, U. S.||Non-scored bout|
|1||Draw||0-0-1||KSI||6||25 Aug 2018 |25 Aug 2018||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
Professional wrestling career
On the April 2, 2021, episode of WWE SmackDown, Paul made his WWE debut, as a guest of Sami Zayn for his red carpet premiere of his documentary, with Zayn later inviting Paul to be at ringside for his match at WrestleMania 37 against Kevin Owens. At the event, after Owens defeated Zayn, Paul celebrated with Owens, before being hit with the Stunner by Owens. +more On the September 3 episode of SmackDown, Paul returned to WWE as Happy Corbin's special guest on The KO Show, where Paul helped Corbin attack Kevin Owens.
On the February 21, 2022, episode of WWE Raw, it was revealed that Paul was The Miz's tag team partner to take on Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania 38. At the event, Paul and Miz defeated the Mysterios; however, after the match, Miz attacked Paul.
On June 30, 2022, Paul signed a multi-event contract with WWE. At SummerSlam, Paul defeated The Miz. +more After Paul appeared on the September 16 episode of SmackDown to challenge Roman Reigns, it was announced during a press conference the following day that Paul will face Reigns at Crown Jewel on November 5 for Reigns' Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
Paul has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Jewish, and German ancestry. 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 Eckenrode. +more This proximity facilitated various collaborations on their respective videos. In October 2017, Paul and Eckenrode relocated to an estate in Encino, California. In episode 179 of Impaulsive, Paul announced his plan to run for President of the United States, saying: "2032 is the first year I can run, but it’s probably going to be when I'm a grown-ass man with lots of intelligence and wisdom. Around 2050-ish, let's call it. " In episode 198 of Impaulsive with guest Carl Lentz, who was pastor of Hillsong Church NYC at the time, Paul discussed religion, and described himself as "not overly religious". Paul also said that he was a Christian. He specified that he believes in a "creator", but he does not know what this creator's role would be in human's lives. The episode garnered mockery toward Paul, who initially claimed that Jews believe in Jesus as their god, before being corrected. In February 2021, Paul announced that he would be moving to Dorado, Puerto Rico from Los Angeles. He stated that the high taxes in California were the main motivator for the move. As of June 2021, he was living there in a $13 million mansion.
Paul has said that he is red-green colorblind. He has been parodied and criticized by YouTube personalities such as Ethan Klein and iDubbbz for faking his reactions in a video in which he used color-corrective glasses for the first time. +more Paul himself admits that he "embellished" and "exaggerated his reactions" to the glasses, but added that he "did not lie" about his impairment. Paul revealed in an episode of Impaulsive that he tore the cartilage in his knee from a football injury that required him to stay out of school for 3 months. In February 2019, Paul said that he has long-term brain damage, which he sustained from playing high school football. He stated that Daniel Amen, the doctor who diagnosed him, says it affects his ability to have empathy and a human connection with others. When filming a video for his Vine channel in 2014, Paul attempted a stunt during which he landed on a chair and damaged his right testicle.
|center|1||+more_Logan_Paul'>August 25, 2018||KSI vs. Paul||Biggest Amateur Boxing Match in History||1,300,000||YouTube||$13,000,000|
|2||9 November 2019||KSI vs. Paul II||N/A||center| 1,784,000||center|DAZN (US)||N/A|
|2||9 November 2019||KSI vs. Paul II||N/A||center|216,000||center|Sky Box Office (UK)||center|£2,160,000|
|3||June 6, 2021||Mayweather vs. Paul||Bragging Rights||1,000,000||Showtime||$50,000,000|
|2016||The Thinning||Blake Redding||YouTube Premium exclusive|
|2017||Can't Take It Back||Clint Plotkin|
|2017||Where's the Money||Eddie|
|2018||The Thinning: New World Order||Blake Redding||YouTube Premium exclusive|
|2020||Valley Girl||Mickey Bowen|
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ryan||Guest role; Episode: "Intimidation Game"|
|2016||Stitchers||Theo Engelsen||Episodes: "The Two Deaths of Jamie B." and "The One That Got Away"|
|2016||Bizaardvark||Kirk||Guest role; Episode: "The First Law of Dirk"|
|2017||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Himself||Guest|
|2021||The Masked Singer||Himself||Grandpa Monster||Eliminated after second appearance|
|2021||Ridiculousness||Himself||Season 19; Episode 42|
|2016-18||Logan Paul VS.||Himself||YouTube Premium exclusive; Series placed on hold in January 2018|
|2016-17||Foursome||Alec Fixler||YouTube Premium exclusive; Main role for 3 seasons; cut from the fourth season in January 2018|
|2021||The Creator Games 3||Himself||YouTube Premium exclusive|
|2022||WWE 2K22||Himself||Included in The Whole Dam Pack as DLC|
|US Bub.||AUS||NZ Heat. +more|
|"The Song of the Summer" (with Seven Bucks featuring Desiigner & David Hasselhoff)||2017||-|
|"Help Me Help You" (featuring Why Don't We)||2017||5|
|"Outta My Hair"||2017||-|
|"Santa Diss Track"||2017||-|
|"The Number Song"||2018||-|
|"-" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.||"-" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.||"-" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|"The Fall of Jake Paul" (Logan Paul featuring Why Don't We)||2017||N/A|
|"Under Pressure"||2020||Jessica Rothe, Josh Whitehouse, The Valley Girl Cast||Valley Girl (Music From The Motion Picture)|
Awards and nominations
|Award ceremony||Year||Category||Nominee(s) / Work(s)||Result|
|Shorty Awards||2014||Vine of the Year||"That was a close one. +more"||Nominated|
|Shorty Awards||2015||Best Vine Comedian||Himself||Nominated|
|Streamy Awards||2014||Vine Comedian||Himself||Nominated|
|Streamy Awards||2015||Short Form Comedy||Himself||Won|
|Streamy Awards||2016||Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series||Role in Foursome||Nominated|
|Streamy Awards||2016||Best Comedy YouTuber||Himself||Nominated|
|Streamy Awards||2017||Creator of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|Streamy Awards||2017||Best Non-Fiction Series||"Logan Paul VS. "||Nominated|
|Streamy Awards||2017||Best Acting in a Drama||Role in The Thinning||Nominated|
|Streamy Awards||2019||Best Podcast||Impaulsive||Won|
|Streamy Awards||2020||Best Podcast||Impaulsive||Nominated|
|Streamy Awards||2020||First Person||Himself||Nominated|
|Streamy Awards||2021||Best Podcast||Impaulsive||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||2017||Male Web Star||Himself||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||2017||Comedy Web Star||Himself||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||2017||Choice YouTuber||Himself||Nominated|
|The Ring Year-End Awards||2019||Event of the Year||"KSI vs. Logan Paul II" (shared with KSI)||Nominated|