Pokimane reveals why she keeps dating life private from Twitch fans

Published: 19/Aug/2020 3:18 Updated: 19/Aug/2020 12:26

by Andrew Amos


Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has opened up on why he tries to keep her dating life private from her Twitch audience, saying that it helps create a divide between her work and personal life.

Pokimane’s dating life, or lack thereof, has been the spur of a lot of speculation in the Twitch community.

There’s a legion of people who claim she has an “army of simps” behind her at every turn. There’s a portion who believe she’s potentially keeping her dating life behind closed doors to rake in more donations.

Pokimane in pink sweater
Twitter: Pokimane
Pokimane may live in the public eye, but she’s always kept her dating life private.

However, there’s never really been a lot of clarity from Anys herself over her dating life. She’s kept very private for the most part. It’s going to remain that way too, after she addressed the question yet again in an August 18 apology video.

While she spent the majority of the video apologizing for her conduct in the past, she added some pointers towards her future content near the end. One thing people won’t be seeing though is info about her dating life.

“I personally made the decision seven years ago when I got into streaming that I don’t want my personal life to be part of my content,” she told fans. “That’s what I’m going to stick by until I, or whoever I’m dating, at whatever time, decides otherwise.”

She also shared a clip from an old video dating back to February 2019. Then, Pokimane explained how if she made her dating life public, people would swarm over her ⁠— either feeding her advice if she was single, or criticizing her partner if she was in a relationship.

“In general, relationship stuff is stuff that I don’t like to talk about outright. Even when I’m single, imagine how many people would care. Then, if I got into a relationship, even more people would be invested in what is going on in my relationship. If I had a relationship, I’d want it to just be between me and that person, and not a million people giving their opinion.”

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She added that keeping her personal life private from fans, it helps her divide it from her work life. While she lives in the public eye, there’s some facets to her life she isn’t comfortable sharing with fans.

“For me, this also creates a healthier divide between my work life and my personal life ⁠— which is an area where the lines are already pretty blurred.

“I understand some people want to relate this to donations, but you could also argue one could make a lot of money by publicizing a relationship or making content out of it.

“Neither of these are wrong… I just personally feel that everyone has a right to privacy. I personally want to experience my relationships without the scrutiny of an online audience.”


Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney


Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.