A pro gamer and his model ex-girlfriend are airing their dirty laundry to their combined 4.8 million Twitter followers (alone), and it’s one of the best examples of “maybe try logging off” I can imagine.
On one side, we have Richard Bengtson, better known as FaZe Banks, who is an owner of eSports and entertainment “gaming clan” FaZe and a YouTuber with 5.4 million subscribers.
And on the other, we have Alissa Violet, a model and YouTuber (3.8 million subscribers).
The couple dated for two years, and appeared to have an amicable break up six months ago. Turns out, that’s not the case at all – and the couple are spilling all the tea to their millions upon millions of followers.
It all began a few days ago, when a person on Twitter asked a generic “how did you find out you were being cheated on” question and Alissa replied: “I was asleep upstairs with our dogs and he wasn’t next to me so I checked our guest house and caught him naked in bed with a random girl.”
i was asleep upstairs with our dogs and he wasn’t next to me so i checked our guest house and caught him naked in bed with a random girl https://t.co/zpuzopWxQF— Alissa Violet (@AlissaViolet) December 2, 2019
An hour later, Banks tweeted: “I love you.” It was aimed at no one in particular, but everyone knew who he was talking about.
I love you— FaZe Banks (@Banks) December 2, 2019
In response, Alissa replied to his tweet with screenshots of a text exchange between them, accusing him of cheating on several more occasions. She also accused him of various other relationship crimes (or actual crimes, who knows), including breaking eight of her phones.
did you “love me” when you said you were at highlight room but i had your location and you were at a random apartment complex for 2 hours?— Alissa Violet (@AlissaViolet) December 2, 2019
did you “love me” when you smashed in the back of chantel’a window of her car that she gave me?— Alissa Violet (@AlissaViolet) December 2, 2019
Next it turned into a fight about the couple’s dogs, with Alissa accusing him of being a bad dog parent and Banks saying the first sensible thing in this whole mess: “Why are we doing this online?”
I couldn’t take care of them? I want them to have a good life? Why are we doing this online?— FaZe Banks (@Banks) December 2, 2019
(At a guess, I would say that when you’re extremely online famous and your entire life is lived online in public, then the lines between offline and online appropriate become very, very blurred. But that’s just a guess.)
Next minute, Banks takes to the app of all people who have fucked up a little bit – the notes app – to release a long statement, simultaneously claiming “there are two sides to every story” and that “neither of us are perfect”, but also that he wouldn’t be dragging it into the public further. Sure, whatever.
“Alissa and I had been having issues and I did something really stupid and hurtful. There’s additional context and it doesn’t even matter who’s right and who’s wrong,” he said in a statement.
“Liss if you’re reading this love you, it hurts me a lot that you’re hurt, but I promise hurting me won’t make you feel better. I wish every day that it could’ve been different. I will never ever not love you and I’ll always be here. I truly do wish the best for you. I won’t ever say a bad word about her, so sorry for everyone who wanted another sip of tea. You won’t find that here.”
Alissa pic.twitter.com/sxtZ2cbgrh— FaZe Banks (@Banks) December 3, 2019
The relationship drama appears to have settled down (apart from angry comments all over Banks’ Instagram) but perhaps in deep YouTube world, people are preparing further statements and allegations and taking sides and honestly, the drama may never be over. We’re not quite at “elf wife” level here, but we’re also not far off.