Logan Paul’s ‘suicide forest’ video almost saw him ‘cancelled’ before boxing bow

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Logan Paul admitted before his rematch with KSI that his biggest ever 'fight' came following a visit to Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji – a frequent site of suicides.

The American YouTuber star was heavily criticised for the 2017 clip which appeared to show a body, having joked and smiled in a state of shock while filming.

Before his highly-anticipated professional debut in the ring, Logan spoke openly about the pain his actions had caused, insisting that he had now matured and 'levelled-up'.

While he went on to lose by split decision in the ring, he has now gone on to book a fight against icon Floyd Mayweather Jr – training hard with the hope of causing a mammoth upset.

After taking down the clip, Logan said: "I want to apologise to the internet.

"I want to apologise to anyone who has seen the video. I want to apologise to anyone who has been affected or touched by mental illness, or depression, or suicide.

"But most importantly I want to apologise to the victim and his family.

"For my fans who are defending my actions, please don't. I don’t deserve to be defended. My goal with my content is always to entertain; to push the boundaries, to be all-inclusive."

After some time had passed following the aforementioned upload, Logan said: "Just like everyone in life, people make mistakes, mine happened to be in public and in front of the whole world.

"Being able to take that and get up and keep on fighting and being able to redeem yourself and make a come back even though 99% of the world doesn't believe in you I think is gonna say a lot and make a lot of people believe in themselves when they're down."

Telling Newsbeat: "Boxing is by far one of the best things to happen to my life.

"Boxing has definitely allowed me to focus on something other than just creating content which I think we've seen historically can be so toxic."

Adding when asked if YouTube had taken a toll on his mental health: "Two years ago, it burned me out and changed my character.

"It made me someone that I wasn't because I was chasing views and likes and subscribers. One of the reasons boxing is one of the greatest things to happen to my life is because it made me human again."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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