In April 2019, Tana Mongeau, 21, and Jake Paul, 22, started spending a lot of time together, but nobody could work out if their relationship was real or if it was all a show.
It all got even more complicated when Paul apparently proposed to Tana on June 24 at her 21st birthday party, resulting in an over-the-top wedding ceremony in July. Mongeau then started hinting she was also dating Noah Cyrus, suggesting their marriage was open. Mongeau then released a video where she said her mental health had suffered as a result of the turbulent relationship, and a few days later the couple called time on being together. It sounds really confusing, doesn’t it? Well, that’s why we are here to bring you a full timeline of Jana’s relationship.
Started as a joke
Here’s a timeline of what we know about the famous relationship and what went wrong.
The relationship appears to have started as a joke. At the end of April 2019, Mongeau uploaded a selfie video to her Snapchat that sent fans into a meltdown. She had just publicly split from her cheating ex-boyfriend Brad Sousa, but eagle-eyed followers realized the bed she was filming from wasn’t her own. It was later posted by KEEMSTAR on his gossip channel DramaAlert that it belonged to Logan Paul’s younger brother Jake at the Team 10 House — the mansion in Calabasas which he shares with fellow influencer friends.
Mukbang in my Bed
A few days later on April 30, Mongeau uploaded a video to her channel called “Mukbang In Bed With My Rebound Jake Paul.” Mukbang, meaning eating on camera, and rebound, hinting that Paul and Mongeau were an item.
At the start of the video, Mongeau added a caption saying she was with her “friend” Jake, and throughout filming, the pair joke around together, flirting and calling each other “babe.”
On the same day, Paul posted a video titled “meet the girl i’ve been hiding from you..” where he referred to himself and Mongeau in jest as “two of the internet’s biggest sociopaths.” He maintained throughout the video the pair were just good friends, and they both just wanted to prove that rumours spread like wildfire on YouTube. Mongeau also admitted freely they should get together just for “the clout.”
But then, confusingly, they also kissed at the end.
Since then, Paul and Mongeau were caught in a bizarre in-between relationship, where they were sort of a couple, but sort of not.
Brand consultant Brandon Relph, who specializes in the influencer space, told Insider it makes sense that Mongeau and Paul would end up filming together because both their careers have both taken some controversial turns.
“There are YouTubers who are generally liked by most people, and I wouldn’t put those two in that category,” he said. “Jake has had lots of controversies himself, but so has she. And Tana has this weird way about her where she kind of gets to do what she likes and gets away with it.”
In June 2018, Mongeau tried to put on her own convention to rival YouTube’s VidCon, called TanaCon, which resulted in over-crowding, demands for refunds, and fans passing out and getting sunburned in the California sun.
Paul has faced his own backlash from creators and fans alike in the past for his stunts and pranks. YouTuber Shane Dawson even made an eight-part docuseries about whether or not he could be a sociopath.
“Now do I think it’s fake?” said Relph. “To an extent, but maybe not all of it. I wouldn’t necessarily doubt that they’re attracted to each other.”
Over 20 Videos
On Paul’s channel, Mongeau has appeared in over 20 videos since they started dating, including one documenting their “first time making out on camera,” one where they take a pregnancy test, and a vlog of how Mongeau’s ex “wants to fight” him.
Paul has physically featured in many of Mongeau’s videos, and she has openly spoken about him in various collaborations with other creators. For example, in a video with Vlog Squad member Josh Peck, he asked whether they were really together, and Mongeau replied: “I don’t know, sometimes.”
When talking with YouTubers Shane Dawson, Ryland Adams, and Morgan Adams, Mongeau said she never really wanted to be monogamous (she used to be in an open polyamorous relationship with Bella Thorne until they broke up in February) unless they were the “love of my life.”
“And that’s Jake Paul?” Ryland asked, to which Mongeau sarcastically replied, “Yeah.”
Mongeau and Paul even got matching tattoos in May — reminiscent of a video Paul made with his ex-girlfriend Erika Costell.
Costell and Paul’s relationship started out as seeming like it was all for clicks as well, said Relph, but then it developed into something real. He suspects this could be what happened with Paul and Mongeau — who appeared to get closer since the first time they filmed together.
“I don’t think it’s strictly like a ‘come round and we’ll film a video for business’ thing,” Relph said. “I think they genuinely hang out around that. But I do feel there’s an element of over-broadcasting and over-compensating for the benefit of their careers.”
Paul appeared to propose in June at Mongeau’s 21st birthday
At the beginning of June, Paul uploaded an episode of his new series “Team 10 Uncut,” where he explained how the rumours started and revealed he and Mongeau decided to play up to it to get more views.
However, it’s still true that the pair’s relationship may have organically developed further since then.
It certainly looked like it when Paul appeared to buy bought Mongeau a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen for her 21st birthday (although this later turned out to be a prank). He also proposed during her birthday celebrations — having bar staff at a night club bring over a cake with the words “Will you marry me Tana?” iced on.
She then showed off a massive diamond ring that he apparently bought her.
“JAKE JUST PROPOSED,” she wrote on Twitter just seven hours ago, with several follow-up tweets insisting it wasn’t a joke.
When Mongeau’s ex-girlfriend Bella Thorne heard the news, she posted two photos on her Finstagram and an alternative Instagram account called ” thatweirdbitchbella” — of her crying with the caption “When ur ex gets engaged,” followed by 35 sobbing emojis.
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Paul announced the wedding date at VidCon
At VidCon in July, Paul made a surprise appearance during a question-and-answer session with Mongeau. He read out a poem he’d written about their relationship, which was full of sexual innuendos (including rhyming “Tana” with “banana.”) He then announced their wedding date would be July 28.
Mongeau seemed to further confirm their relationship on stage, saying she and Paul are “f—ed in the head in the same ways.”
“No matter what I do, someone is going to try to negate it,” Mongeau said. “You’re crazy Jake Paul, but you’re crazy like me.”
Tears and Twitter
On July 25, Mongeau tweeted that Logan Paul had finally come around to her and Jake’s relationship. She said Jake’s older brother had “cried” when he realized “Jana is real.”
i’m feeling feisty:
i don’t care if u think my wedding’s real. i don’t care if u think my marriage is real. i don’t care if u think Jake and I don’t love each other. i don’t care if u think getting married fast is a bad idea. i don’t care if you think it’s gonna last. OOPS!
There are a lot of questions surrounding the wedding ceremony
The day before the wedding, Mongeau uploaded an intimate, black-screen video to YouTube called “I love you, Jake Paul” where she gently spoke an emotional ode to Paul about how much he means to her.
“I love you,” she said. “It actually still scares me so much to say it because once I say it and it’s somewhere other than my head, it becomes completely real and to be quite frank, I am so used to losing everything I love and I don’t want to lose you.”
Paul and Mongeau then got married at a $500,000 Vegas ceremony on July 28. The special day included a flight out on a private jet, a mansion, elaborate wedding cakes, a replica of Jon Snow’s sword from “Game of Thrones,” a mid-ceremony brawl, and some famous faces on the guest list.
Left the wedding separately
The newlyweds left the event separately, but Mongeau later explained this was because she had to deal with a family emergency, while Paul went on their honeymoon without her.
It was also later revealed there was no record of the couple obtaining a marriage license in Nevada, and Armani Izadi, who officiated the wedding, was not permitted to do so.
The relationship faced further skepticism thanks to Mongeau’s MTV digital series “Tana Turns 21.” While it was originally meant as a show to document her birthday celebrations, it morphed into more of an insight into Mongeau and Paul’s decision to get married.
In one episode, Mongeau is shown discussing the wedding with her manager and the fact it had been planned very early on in their relationship and rescheduled twice. She said the wedding was something “fun and lighthearted that we’re obviously doing for fun and for content.”
She also said she and Paul weren’t officially exclusive, which many fans found confusing.
“I guess we would just take the openness from our relationship into the openness of marriage,” she said.
Paul met up with his ex a month after the vows
A month later, Paul was photographed meeting up with his ex Erika Costell in a Panera Bread.
Mongeau posted an Instagram Story of herself singing a parody of “Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande, replacing the lyrics with lines about her own turbulent love life.
“Thought I’d end up with Bella / Yet it wasn’t a match / Wrote some songs about Hunter / Now I listen and laugh / Even actually got married / And for Jake I’m so thankful / Except when he goes out to lunch with his ex / And I find out on Twitter,” she sang while laughing.
Left her broken
Mongeau revealed in December that finding out via Twitter about Paul and Costell’s meet up left her feeling “broken” in a video titled “the truth about everything.” She hinted that her and Paul’s relationship had gone downhill since the wedding.
“I felt like I was opening my phone every day to something that just broke me further,” she said.
“Finding out about the Erika s— on Twitter killed me because Jake and I had so many conversations where he like villainized her, and I spent so much time trying to be everything she wasn’t.”
She also said she probably should have stayed single after breaking up with Brad Sousa, but she “lost herself” in Paul.
“It was the best feeling in the world to be so on the same page with someone,” she said. “It was like a drug.”
Mongeau may or may not have also been dating Noah Cyrus
Paul confirmed that he and Mongeau were in an open relationship in an interview on “Entertainment Tonight” in September.
He told the presenters Denny Directo and Cassie DiLaura that Mongeau might be hooking up with Noah Cyrus, which he thought was “dope.”
“Since the start of our relationship it’s been, like, an open type of thing because that’s just how we both are,” he said, adding he would have no issue with his wife sleeping with Cyrus, “especially if I could be there.”
Mongeau referred to Cyrus as her “girlfriend” in a recent vlog, but Cyrus soon stated the two are “just friends” in an Instagram story.
Mongeau continued to defend her relationship until the end of 2018
Mongeau made it clear she was sick of the skepticism about the feelings she and Paul have for one another in a series of tweets in November.
“According to Tana Mongeau, the media can suck a dick sometimes,” she wrote, referring to an article that quoted Costell, Paul’s ex, claiming the relationship was fake.
“Waking up every day to headlines like this is so defeating,” she said. “Not asking for pity, knowing I subjected myself to this. This life has cons due to the incredible pros — but according to Tana Mongeau, f— this s—.”
She said she wished people understood how she felt, and insisted again she does love Paul.
“Maybe I’m an idiot for it & maybe all of my dumb mistakes are being aired as they happen in real life & that sucks,” she said. “I know once again I signed up for all of this… I guess I’m just tired and don’t want y’all to think I’m ignoring what I see everywhere.”
“I was the one green-lighting everything because I just wanted to make him happy,” she said.
She also said she hadn’t given up on Paul, despite their “psycho busy lives” and “trying to fit each other in” getting harder and harder.
“So many things keep hurting me further,” she said. “I don’t ever want to be on bad terms … I don’t ever want to hate each other.”
In December 2019, Mongeau changed her YouTube channel’s name back to Tana Mongeau from Tana Paul.
The pair called it quits in January 2019. Paul and Mongeau posted photos to their Instagram pages with statements saying they were taking a break from their relationship.
“Right now we both are taking a break to focus on our own very crazy lives,” Mongeau wrote. “I’ll never know what the future holds and I will always love Jake and everything we did. I’m grateful to know throughout this I’ve made a best friend for life & found someone to do life with when no one understood me.”
Paul commented underneath “wuv u” and posted his own statement.
“As Tana and I sit next to each other writing captions about taking a break we’re literally laughing at how crazy and stupid the past couple months have been and cracking jokes at how silly this all seems,” he wrote. “I’m keeping custody of Thor but Tana, unfortunately, gets my Lamborghini.”
It’s all over … For now
Maybe Paul and Mongeau decided they’ve profited enough off being a couple. Or maybe the pair genuinely had a whirlwind romance and will continue to develop their relationship in their own way in 2020.
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