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Fans are ecstatic that a new photo has emerged showing YouTuber Eugenia Cooney amid her months-long break from the internet to focus on her health.
Cooney’s followers have been worried about her since rumors of her death began circulating earlier this year, and many have speculated in the past several years that she might have an eating disorder. In February, Cooney wrote on Twitter, “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.”
In January, she apologized for her absence on YouTube and dispelled the rumor that she had died.
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
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
“Btw I’m so sorry people make up such crazy stuff, but I am alive and definitely not dead,” she wrote at the time. “I was really surprised to hear that was going around about me, but everything is fine!”
In her absence, rumors about Cooney’s health and comments about her body still circulated. Early this year, YouTube star Keemstar tweeted a photo of Erika Costell, writing “Eugenia Cooney 2019.”
still body shaming in 2019?— END CYBER BULLYING 2019 (@jakepaul) January 15, 2019
keem you’re a piece of trash.
this girl is drop dead gorgeous regardless if we’re together or not..
you deserve to be dragged for this..
dear internet, why tf do you allow this, but then turn into ruthless animals when I put a blindfold on? https://t.co/2dEmO5zdLP
Cooney hadn’t been heard from since February. But her hairstylist posted a photo of Cooney on Instagram late last week.
Fellow YouTubers and Cooney’s fans couldn’t have been happier. Keemstar commented that Cooney is “doing really good right now.”
I got a little emotional when I saw the new photo of @Eugenia_Cooney— Matriark Mothra (@SocialRepose) June 1, 2019
Y’all I’m so happy for @Eugenia_Cooney— paleginger (@haleehaze) June 3, 2019
Those new pics of Eugenia Cooney made my heart happy wow— Anne Leah ☥ (@_AcidHologram_) June 2, 2019
So I’ve been seeing these stunning photos surfacing of @Eugenia_Cooney and lets just make one thing clear. 1: I’m so proud of her on how much she’s overcome her demons! 2: People need to BACK OFF and let her recover in peace instead of asking more questions #eugeniacooney— Jasmine(JazzBliss) (@JasmineHitsman) June 3, 2019
Cooney has not commented on Twitter or Instagram, and she has not discussed her specific health issues. Her last post on either social media site was made on Feb. 10. She has not uploaded a YouTube video for her 1.5 million followers since Jan. 28.
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.