Controversial YouTubers Jake Paul and Tana Mongeau spurred a slew of dating rumors after Mongeau was allegedly caught in Paul’s bed - and now, Paul is finally opening up about their possible relationship.
Paul explained their rumored romance during a vlog uploaded on April 30, claiming that the two were merely “good friends” - despite teasing Mongeau as “the girl he’s been hiding” throughout the video.
The two reminded fans that they are both single, following Paul’s breakup with model Erika Costell in 2018 and Mongeau’s emotional split with Justin-Bieber lookalike Brad Sousa in mid-April.
Tana Mongeau's take on the 'secret dating' madness
“I think it’s always fun to poke fun at how crazy the internet can be,” Mongeau said of the matter during her ‘Mukbang’ video with Paul. “They see one Snapchat of me somewhere and they’re like, ‘You’re automatically fucking and secretly dating and whatever!’”
Despite their apparent status as “just friends,” the two embraced in an off-screen kiss just as Paul’s vlog ended. The act prompted even more speculation from fans as to a possible romance between the two YouTubers.
How did the dating rumors begin?
Of course, this avalanche of speculation didn’t happen overnight; rumors about Paul and Mongeau’s relationship initially stirred after Paul appeared to admit to flirting with Tana at a party during a previous vlog.
Rumors later heightened after a fan asked Mongeau about her opinion on on Paul’s looks shortly thereafter.
“Clout points are up,” Mongeau responded. “The odds are in my favor.”
clout points are up. the odds are in my favor. :hand_with_index_and_middle_fingers_crossed::skin-tone-3::chart_with_upwards_trend: https://t.co/13o7yE7KnH
— MTV REALITY STAR (@tanamongeau) April 26, 2019
Mongeau then uploaded a video to Snapchat, which fans noted had been taken in Paul’s bed at the Team 10 mansion. The two confirmed it was the same bed in their vlog on the topic, with Mongeau claiming that she’d done her best to keep the bed frame out of view.
Mongeau’s alleged involvement with Paul follows both her split with Sousa and her highly-publicized breakup with former Disney actress Bella Thorne in late February, marking an emotional springtime for the YouTuber who claimed that Sousa had cheated on her.
Tana Mongeau’s YouTube stardom has even earned her an upcoming reality show on MTV, titled ‘No Filter: Tana Turns 21,' which has yet to receive an official release date.