Trisha Paytas’ Instagram Live sparks fan concern

Fans were left concerned on Saturday after controversial YouTuber Trisha Paytas ended an Instagram Live abruptly. 

In the video, Paytas is seen crying and a man’s voice can be heard in the background, seemingly saying, “I have a court case tomorrow. I could go to jail,” prompting her to end the stream. 

In a second video later on that day, Paytas assured her fans that everything was OK.

“Sorry, I ended that last one abruptly. Everything’s good. I was just really emotional, and I was feeling overwhelmed,” she says. 

 

Some fans are speculating the man in the background could have been fellow YouTuber Jaclyn Hill’s ex-husband, Jon Hill. Paytas recently posted videos of them kissing on her Instagram story, which caused some controversy online.

Twitter users immediately began theorizing about the video. Some are worried and think Paytas is being held against her will, while others think it was Hill’s voice in the background and believe he might be in legal trouble.  

“@trishapaytas please leave wherever you are that live was frightening,” Twitter user @hannahbechill wrote.

Others expressed similar sentiments.

 

“Honestly, I always take everything Trisha Paytas says with SEVERAL grains of salt… BUT… To me, Trish genuinely looked both scared and exhausted in her IG live today. I just got a really weird feeling from it, and it’s not the usual ‘Trisha’s back on her bullshit’ feeling,” Twitter user @Fallen_Darling wrote.

 

Other fans think the incident could be her making fun of a recent controversy surrounding YouTuber and singer Lia Marie Johnson. In an Instagram Live filmed on Jan. 2, an unknown man believed to be Johnson’s producer, Stephen Wetherbee, is seen trying to kiss and touch Johnson, who is presumed to be under the influence, before realizing she’s streaming it. 

“Are you on Instagram? No you’re not. You can’t be on Instagram. Are you really on Instagram? Because that would be bad,” he tells her before grabbing her phone and turning off the stream. 

In a second Instagram Live, the man says, “I need this not to go out because it will affect my work, please.”

While some fans believe Paytas, who is known for trolling fans online, is making a parody of that incident, others do not think the two videos are similar enough. 

 

While there is not a lot to go off of from just two videos, fans are generally worried about Paytas’ wellbeing, as she is known for vlogging during low points in her life.

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Nashwa Bawab

Nashwa Bawab

Nashwa Bawab is a freelance journalist based in Dallas. Her work has appeared in the Texas Observer, Middle East Eye, the Dallas Observer, the Intercept, and more.