Jake Joseph Paul (born January 17, 1997) is an American actor and YouTube personality who rose to significant fame on the now-defunct video application Vine. Paul first came into prominence for playing the role of Dirk on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark.
Paul in 2016
Jake Joseph Paul|
January 17, 1997
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Calabasas, California, U.S.|
|Relatives||Logan Paul (brother)|
|Total views||4.5 billion|
Dab on 'Em Haters! |
It's Everyday Bro!
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of July 10, 2018.|
Paul was born in Cleveland, and grew up in Westlake, Ohio. He is the son of Pamela Ann Stepnick (née Meredith) and realtor Gregory Allan Paul. His older brother, YouTuber Logan Paul, claims that Jake is Austrian-Jewish, English, German-Jewish, Hungarian-Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.
Paul began his career in September 2013 posting videos on Vine. By the time Vine shut down, Jake Paul had 5.3 million followers and 2 billion plays on the app.
On January 5, 2017, Paul was among the invited guests at an event at the White House centering on social media. As a stunt for his YouTube vlog channel, he hid in a bathroom there before sneaking out of the White House at 3:30am without being confronted by security.
On January 17, 2017, it was reported Paul had launched Team 10 with $1 million in financing to create influencer marketing management and creative agency around teen entertainment. Investors include Danhua Capital, Horizons Alpha, Vayner Capital, Sound Ventures & A-Grade Investments, and Adam Zeplain.
On May 30, 2017, Paul released a song and music video alongside Team 10, titled "It's Everyday Bro", which achieved over 70 million views on YouTube in its first month and has become the third most disliked video on YouTube. The song peaked at number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the chart dated June 24, 2017.
On July 18, 2017, it was reported that Paul's neighbors in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles were meeting with city council members and police officials regarding whether to file a class-action public nuisance lawsuit against Paul. This came after Paul made his home address public, leading crowds of fans to gather outside Paul's residence, and noise complaints by neighbors. On April 24, 2018, it was reported that Paul was sued by Cobra Acquisitions, the company that owns the house, for $2.5 million.
On July 22, 2017, during the middle of filming the second season of Bizaardvark, the Disney Channel announced that Paul would be leaving the series, saying in a statement "We've mutually agreed that Jake Paul will leave his role on the Disney Channel series 'Bizaardvark'. On behalf of the production company, the cast and crew, we thank Jake for his good work on the TV series for the past 18 months and extend our best wishes to him." The announcement followed a KTLA 5 news report about public complaints from Paul's neighbors regarding the noise generated by Paul's pranks, parties, fire hazards and the large crowds of Paul's fans congregating in their neighborhood. Paul later confirmed the news on his Twitter page, saying he would now focus more on his personal brand, his YouTube channel, his business ventures, and more adult acting roles. Paul later revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he was actually fired from Bizaardvark by Disney who wanted to expedite the process of weaning him off the show due to the KTLA segment.
On January 3, 2018, Paul uploaded a video to his YouTube channel titled "I lost my virginity" which caused controversy for being too sexually explicit and inappropriate for his younger audience. The video was criticised for its thumbnail which featured Paul and his then girlfriend Erika Costell semi-nude on a bed with Costell on top of Paul in a sexual position. The thumbnail was later changed with both Paul and Costell fully clothed and not touching each other. Later, a video had been leaked by TMZ which featured Paul explicitly using the word "nigga" whilst rapping. In the video, Paul uses the word twice, saying "little ass nigga" and "I whip it like my nigga Richie Vetter, he make the pussy so wet it gets wetter."
As of July 2017, Paul and his collaborators rent a $17,000 USD a month mansion in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles. In November 2017, he purchased a new property in Calabasas, California.
|2016||Walk the Prank||Himself||Special guest|
|2017||The Price Is Right||Himself||Special guest model|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
(with Greg Cipes)
|"It's Everyday Bro"
(featuring Team 10)
|"Ohio Fried Chicken"
(featuring Chance Sutton and Anthony Trujillo)
(with Erika Costell featuring Uncle Kade)
|"That Ain't on the News"||—||—|
(with Dynamite Dylan)
(featuring Chad Tepper and Nick Crompton)
|"It's Everyday Bro" (Remix)
(featuring Gucci Mane)
(with Chad Tepper)
(featuring Sunny and AT3)
(featuring Team 10, Jitt and Quan)
(featuring AT3, Jitt and Quan)
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.|
|2014||JakePaul (Vine)||6th Annual Shorty Awards||Vineographer Award||Nominated|||
|2017||Himself||Radio Disney Music Awards||Social Media Star||Won|||
|JakePaulProductions (YouTube)||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music Web Star||Won|||
My parents made it roughly in 1996. Nine months later I was born on January 17, 1997, in Cleveland, Ohio. My parents named me Jake Joseph Paul, and I was a savage from day one.