By Bree Brouwer
As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. This is the case (at least temporarily) for Jesse Wellens and Jeana Smith, the creative duo behind popular YouTube channels PrankvsPrank and BFvsGF. In a recent video, the couple announced they’re taking a break from vlogging and from their years-old relationship.
An uncomfortable-looking Wellens and Smith begin their video (which they claim is probably the hardest they’ve ever had to film) by explaining how they’ve had problems in their relationship for a while, a truth their daily vlogs have purposefully hidden from audiences. Smith says, “Everyone thinks everything’s perfect, that we have a perfect life, and it’s really not at all… everyone has problems, everybody has issues, and we choose not to put that in the videos usually.” Wellens continues by revealing how he and Smith are taking a break from vlogging and from each other, with Wellens even noting his upcoming move to New York City. “This is like telling a bunch of kids that their parents are getting divorced,” Wellens says.
Wellens and Smith explain how the reason behind their split is the stress of daily vlogging. While on the surface it looks like a fun thing to do, Wellens notes that for most couples he’s familiar with who do daily vlogging eventually end up burned by it, just as it did for him and Smith. “When it gets to a point where it starts to feel like a job, and you’re not doing things because you love the person and you’re doing them for a vlog, that puts a huge burden on the relationship,” Wellens explains. He notes how daily vlogging for years on end is “not sustainable,” “unhealthy,” and even “toxic.” They caution other couples making YouTube videos together to avoid making the same mistake they did by creating daily vlogs, and “if you love and care for each other” to be careful.
In the end, Wellens and Smith acknowledge there will be a lot of fans very angry about their decision, but they both don’t care because they want to be sane. The couple asks their audience to support them in whatever happens in the future, and they promise not to let both their channels of over 18.7 million combined subscribers die out. Wellens and Smith also note they want to continue working together, just not on daily vlogs. Wellens concludes, “This is just something we need to do to get our brains straight.”