ImJayStation: YouTuber admits to faking girlfriend’s death to gain subscribers

YouTuber attempted to contact ‘dead’ girlfriend using a Ouija board

Adam White
Tuesday 28 January 2020 09:07 GMT
YouTube star confesses to faking girlfriend's death to boost subscriber numbers

A YouTube star has confessed to faking his girlfriend’s death, and holding a seance to try and contact her spirit, in order to boost his subscriber count.

Jason Ethier, who posts videos under the username ImJayStation, claimed last week that his girlfriend, fellow YouTuber Alexia Marano, had been killed by a drunk driver.

In the days after, Ethier posted a video filmed at what he claimed was a memorial space for Marano. He then posted another video in which he attempted to contact Marano using a ouija board.

Now, in a new video, the Canadian YouTube prankster has admitted Marano is alive and well, but added that she had ended their relationship.

“I want to start out by saying I’m sorry to Alexia’s family for putting them through any hard times or stress about the death of their daughter,” he said.

“I didn’t intend them to get any hate, or put them through any emotional stress involving Alexia. I expected all of this to stay on YouTube and it didn’t.”

He then explained that he had hoped he would boost his subscriber base in the hoax.

“I thought of the idea of faking Alexia’s death and then doing a thing on YouTube thanking everyone and explaining to everyone it was just to gain traction,” he said. “So we were gonna say she died, then do a ouija board video, which we did do.

“Then we would resurrect her and get more followers. But now my girlfriend is gone and I’m in serious trouble.”

Ethier’s YouTube channel debuted in 2016 and currently has 5.4m subscribers. It gained traction in recent years due to content involving Ethier’s attempts to contact dead celebrities from beyond the grave, including Mac Miller and XXXTentacion.

In 2018, the 29-year-old was arrested at Disney’s Magic Kingdom after attempting to live stream inside the park.

Marano, meanwhile, has deleted her own YouTube page.

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