Well, we can certainly say that we didn't see this one coming. Grayson and Ethan Dolan — aka the Dolan Twins — are two of the most recognizable faces of YouTube stardom. The 19-year-olds first gained fame on the now-defunct app Vine, but they transitioned to making YouTube videos and have profited off of their joint channel.
The Dolan Twins just purchased a $2 million home, and fans thought this meant that the brothers would be expanding their vlogging empire. But, after a sit-down interview with Shane Dawson, things are moving in a different direction for the Dolan Twins.
Are the Dolan Twins quitting YouTube? We're breaking down their emotional interview with Shane Dawson, and what it means for the fans of their channel.
Are the Dolan Twins quitting YouTube?
Grayson and Ethan's shared YouTube channel boasts more than 10.6 million subscribers, so there was a lot of buzz when it was revealed that they were making a documentary-style video with Shane Dawson. The Dolan Twins tweeted about how the documentary would be extremely emotional, and fans began speculating as to what exactly they'd be talking about.
In the video, Ethan and Grayson announced that "a change needs to be made" and that they'd be taking a step back from their channel. The brothers said that the pressure to post a video to their channel every Tuesday had them feeling burnt out, and prevented them from growing personally.
"We have to stop posting weekly videos," Ethan announced. They also noted that they've been doing weekly videos since they were 14 years old.
The two then opened up about how the commitment to their channel has shifted the relationships in their lives, and how they haven't been able to live as teenagers for years.
"I've lost a lot of friends and stuff, and even in like relationships," Ethan said. "I can't have a life."
But, don't expect a full retirement from the Dolan Twins. Grayson and Ethan did say that they would continue to make videos, but only when they felt passionate about the subject matter. They will not be releasing videos on a set schedule.
Changes in the Dolan Twins' personal lives led them to make this shift too.
The Dolans' announcement video did take quite an emotional turn when the twins began speaking about the loss of their father. In January, their dad, Sean Dolan, passed away from cancer after a two-year battle. Grayson and Ethan said that they weren't really able to mourn or support their other family members at the time because they were still trying to create new content each week.
"Had we not been filming a new video every week, then we would have been able to spend more time with our family when they needed us," Ethan continued.
"We were filming it three weeks after," Grayson said of returning to the channel after their father died. "Because we had to get a video up the next week. We didn't want to take a month off."
The Dolan Twins went on to say that they don't feel as though they've been able to process their father's death because filming new videos took such a priority in the subsequent weeks and months after. They're hoping that creating videos in their own time will allow them to enjoy the process again, and to make improvements in their personal lives.
Shane fully supported the twins' move, even telling them that posting less frequently will make their fans more excited to see new content when it does go up on their channel.
Watch the Dolan Twins' emotional announcement below.