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YouTuber Eugenia Cooney is taking a break from social media.
The 24-year-old announced in a Twitter post Sunday that she would be embarking on a hiatus from social media to focus on her health. Fans of her makeup and fashion tutorials have expressed concern for the young creator’s health for weeks. After a brief break from social media led to rumors of her death, Cooney posted an update assuring fans that she was alive but would be stepping away from her online profiles.
She said the matter would be handled “privately” and with her doctor. No other update on her health has been given.
Hi guys! I appreciate the concern. I’m taking a break from social media and voluntarily working on this with my doctor privately. Please respect that. pic.twitter.com/Wyqjo16xdH— Eugenia Cooney (@Eugenia_Cooney) February 10, 2019
In late January, Cooney dispelled rumors that she had passed away, which were sparked by her increasingly less frequent YouTube uploads. On Jan. 28, she indicated that she would be back up and running soon, before making her announcement of a presumably longer hiatus on Feb. 10. “I’ve been offline for a while and I’m sooo sorry if I worried anyone,” her late January tweet reads. “That was not my intention at all. I’ve just been taken [sic] a much needed break from the negativity and having some positive time offline. I’ll be back soon!”
Hey guys! I've been offline for a while and I'm sooo sorry if I worried anyone! That was not my intention at all. I've just been taken a much needed break from the negativity and having some positive time offline. I'll be back soon! 🙂— Eugenia Cooney (@Eugenia_Cooney) January 28, 2019
In a follow-up tweet, she clarified that she was not, in fact, deceased. “I’m so sorry people make up such crazy stuff, but I am alive and definitely not dead,” she wrote.
btw I'm so sorry people make up such crazy stuff, but I am alive and definitely not dead. I was really surprised to hear that was going around about me, but everything is fine!— Eugenia Cooney (@Eugenia_Cooney) January 28, 2019
The announcement from Cooney was met with massive support from her fans and fellow YouTubers. Daniel “Keemstar” Keem, the creator of YouTube channel “DramaAlert,” responded to her announcement with encouragement. “Great job,” he wrote. “So proud of you.”
Great Job! So proud of you.— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) February 10, 2019
Shane Dawson also tweeted his support for Cooney. “Sending so much love,” he wrote alongside a retweet of her announcement.
sending so much love!!!! 😭❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/6YXH60rgOz— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) February 11, 2019
With the outpouring of love and support from all angles, here’s hoping Cooney feels empowered as she works to get better.
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Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.