FaZe Clan’s Ricky Banks has broken his silence on allegations from his ex-girlfriend and model Alissa Violet suggesting he cheated on her during their relationship, and led a destructive lifestyle that led to their split in July.
Banks revealed he had split from long-term girlfriend Violet on July 6 after being apart “for about a month,” and at first it seemed like the two high-profile internet stars had ended things on relatively good terms.
An explosive tirade on social media seems to tell a different story, however, as Violet accused the FaZe member of cheating on her multiple times, including with a “random whore” in the pair’s guest wing, and Snapchatting another girl to meet him “to f*ck” while he was at dinner with her.
Now, Banks has released his own statement regarding the allegations, admitting he had done something “really stupid and hurtful” during their relationship, and suggesting there are two sides to the story.
“Obviously, there are two sides to every story, and neither of us have been perfect,” Banks said. “Rather than contribute to all of that, I’m going to do the right thing and take responsibility for where I’ve gone wrong in this.”
The FaZe star said he and Violet had been “having issues” throughout the end of their relationship, and revealed that he had cheated on her “almost a full year ago.”
“It’s not as simple as who’s right and who’s wrong,” he said, before admitting it doesn’t matter. "What matters is that we’re both humans, and we’ve both definitely hurt each other. It’s haunted both of us for a long time. We all fuck up, that’s human.”
The 28-year-old added that he believes the relationship he shared with Alissa was “one in a billion special,” and said that he refused to allow their dramas to spill out onto social media, for their own sakes, and for the fans.
“I refuse to let our intimate, private relationship become a spectacle online, it’s heartbreaking,” he stated.
“Social media really isn’t the place. I wasn’t expecting this because we were always both very much on the same page about making sure we have a line drawn in the sand about what we share with our audience. But again I see that she’s hurt, and I understand.”
Banks also took the chance to address Violet directly, potentially because they had stopped talking behind the scenes after he messaged her questioning why she was telling the story of his unfaithfulness on Twitter.
“Liss, if you’re reading this, love you,” he said. “It hurts me a lot that you’re hurt, but I promise hurting me won’t make you feel better. I wish every day that it could’ve been different. I will never ever not love you, and I’ll always be there. I truly do wish the best for you.”
This isn’t the first time in Alissa and Ricky’s relationship that they had aired their grievances with each other in a public forum either, though this might be the most explosive it’s become since the two separated earlier this year.
Violet unfollowed Banks—something fans took notice of very quickly—after the FaZe star admitted to having a physical relationship with Tana Mongeau before he began dating the 23-year-old model. The two locked horns online about the news.
Banks and Violet first started dating in 2017, after Violet separated from Mongeau’s now-husband Jake Paul. It was a whirlwind romance if the online footprint is to be believed, with rumors of an engagement appearing nearly immediately.
Those rumors were eventually squashed, however, and two years after first announcing they were together, Banks and Violet went their separate ways.
It’s also been a chaotic month for the FaZe personality, who turned a suite at the Encore At Wynn Las Vegas into a “disaster zone,” resulting in broken furniture, holes in the walls, and soil from plants scattered across the floor.
The Las Vegas rampage led to Banks being “eighty-sixed for life” and banned from the hotel, and having to fork out “a lot of f*cking money” for repairs.
Alissa Violet has yet to reply to Banks’ statement.