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ImJayStation Announces Hiatus After Being Demonetized Over Faking His Girlfriend's Death

Sara Belcher - Author

Feb. 25 2020, Updated 12:52 p.m. ET

YouTuber JayStation, whose real name is Jason Ethier, has recently decided to take an indefinite hiatus from YouTube. Recently, the creator has faced immense backlash, particularly for his content about his girlfriend, Alexia Marano, resulting in his leave from the platform.

The pair's relationship is a tumultuous one, and the drama surrounding it is still not over. In the five months they dated, they made numerous videos together, culminating in one very bad prank.

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Jason and Alexia met in August 2019.

Alexia said that she met Jason in August 2019 through some mutual friends. 

"I thought he was really weird," she admitted, saying that his behavior that night made her "uncomfortable." 

"I thought, I don't know maybe he was on some illegal substances or he was drinking or something like that," she said.

Later throughout the night, they got to know each other better, and within two weeks they were an item. Less than a month into their relationship, Jason invited her to live with him in Toronto.

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At the time, Alexia was living in Ottawa, which is about a four-hour drive from Toronto. She said she wanted to stay near her family and friends, as her dad is really sick. But after Jason made the offer for her to move in with him, she agreed, rationalizing that she would be able to come home as needed.

After moving in with him, Alexia said that she frequently helped Jason with his videos, and they even made a second channel, called Dream Team, where they uploaded content together.

JayStation faked Alexia's death.

The couple was clearly on the outs when Jason uploaded "My Girlfriend Alexia Died... *Rest In Paradise*" The video, which was taken down after it was revealed to be a prank, detailed Alexia's apparent death.

"Last night we lost Alexia to a drunk driver, guys," a faux teary-eyed Jason said to the camera.

But it became clear that the video was only to promote their channel, Dream Team.

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"We had a channel together called Dream Team. We had just hit 300,000 subscribers," Jason said. "Her dream was just to get a million subscribers and we were so close to doing that, guys."

He said that he was going to continue posting videos of them to the channel, in an effort to achieve "her dream."

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According to Alexia, Jason had planned a series of videos around her death to gain views, culminating in him "bringing her back" to finish the series. She admitted she wasn't OK with this, and only helped him with the videos "out of fear."

"I did not want to play with people's emotions like that at all, especially with something as serious as death," she said. "When other people were watching it on YouTube for the first time I also was watching it on YouTube for the first time."

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