YOUTUBE stars Jake Paul and Erika Costell have announced they’ve broken-up and said “it’s the healthiest thing for both of us”.
The couple, known to fans as Jerika, say they ended it a few weeks ago and tried to work through their differences but have now officially gone their separate ways.
They had been in a together for six months – even releasing a single about their relationship – and amassed 21 million subscribers.
Jake, 21, posted a statement on Twitter last night, saying: “Sadly, Erika and I broke up a while ago and since then, we have been doing our best to work it out and find a solution.
“After many discussions and some serious soul searching, it became apparent to us weeks ago, that we could no longer be boyfriend & girlfriend.
“While it was a truly heartbreaking decision, it is the healthiest thing for both of us.”
He continued: “Erika is such a beautiful soul & she truly changed my life.
“She is powerful, smart & independent woman, who has such a bright future ahead of her and has helped me become a better person on multiple levels.
“The times we had together are irreplaceable and I will be forever grateful that she was part of my life.”
YouTube Keemstar, who was reportedly first to break news of the split, asked Erika, 25, for her side of the story.
He says she told him: “I’ve been through so much the past month with this… I don’t care what the internet thinks about me, I just want to move on and get through this s**t privately.”
The couple are said to have split in the aftermath of Shane Dawson’s YouTube series The Mind of Jake Paul, which Erika featured in.
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