Most Heartbreaking YouTuber Breakup Videos

As shown by YouTuber breakup videos, separating isn't easy. When speaking to HuffPost, Kathleen Hall, stress expert and Mindful Living Network founder, likened the fallout from divorce to "a bomb" that is "dropped on everything you've ever thought or perceived about yourself in life." She continued, "It's going to have every physiological affect that you could imagine."

Now, we've become accustomed to YouTube breakup videos — so much so that they seem normal and even healthy. But are they? Peter Pearson, psychologist and co-founder of the Couple's Institute in California, thinks not. "Making videos like this requires a level of narcissism, emotional disconnect, and insane marketing skills, none of which are useful in a relationship or a break up," he told Business Insider. YouTubers, including Domo Wilson, don't see it that way though. "We felt like people deserved to know because we did share our life online for 2 years," she explained of her own breakup video.

Regardless of whether or not YouTubers should post breakup videos, we can't help but keep watching — especially those heartbreaking ones. These are some of the saddest ones on the internet, and, yes, you should grab some tissues.

The bitter YouTuber breakup video from Jalissa

It's no surprise that Jake Paul and Alissa Violet's breakup in 2017 was full of drama, but that didn't make it any less sad. As Seventeen recapped, the details of their breakup started to unravel on Snapchat and Twitter before eventually making it to YouTube. In a tweet, Paul alleged that Violet cheated on him with "someone that was very close" to him. Paul then uploaded a prerecorded vlog in which he predicted things with Alissa would go south. "This is a lesson for all guys out there. If you think something's going to happen, predict it before it happens because then it makes them look dumb when it happens," Paul revealed in the since-deleted YouTube video (via Seventeen).

Violet tweeted that she was never unfaithful to Paul and alleged that it was actually him who cheated. Months later, Violet also took to YouTube to fully tell her side in a breakup video. "I don't know if I was in love with him, or the idea of him, or who I thought he was," she admitted. "I think I was just addicted to the pain of wanting someone so unattainable."

YouTubers Jake Paul and Erika Costell had their "minis" do their YouTuber breakup video

Jake Paul and Erika Costell's relationship was, at first, purely for the camera. The couple even faked their wedding in June 2017 — gotta get those views, right? — but, at some point, the YouTubers were no longer acting about their feelings for each other. Sadly for Paul and Costell, though, their relationship came to an end in 2018. 

Paul took to Twitter in November of that year, writing that he could "barely hold it together" since he and Costell broke up. "After many discussions and some serious soul searching, it became apparent to us weeks ago that we could no longer be boyfriend [and] girlfriend," he continued.

In the spirit of YouTuber breakup videos, Paul later uploaded a vlog titled, "We Broke Up." Unlike more traditional YouTuber breakup vids, Paul hired child actors to play his and Costell's parts in a spoof of sorts. Somehow, though, the video still managed to hit us all right in the feels. "We just don't agree on a lot of things," mini Paul revealed. "I just wish things could've worked out," mini Costell later added. Hearts everywhere shattered.

Jamie and Nikki Perkins' YouTuber breakup video revealed their split was "too hard to record"

When couple Jamie and Nikki Perkins announced their split in a YouTuber breakup video in August 2019, fans were heartbroken. It was especially sad to see these two part ways considering some of their most popular videos were about their relationship, and we'd watched as they'd shared highlights of their engagement, wedding, pregnancy announcements, and children's births. After they went silent on social media and YouTube for a few weeks, subscribers began to assume something was up. "I knew it was coming but like a dummy I hoped Jamie and Nikki had another reason they weren't vlogging," one fan tweeted. "Love ain't real y'all. Marriage is for the birds." 

Unlike some YouTuber breakup videos, Jamie and Nikki Perkins didn't announce their separation in a joint video, which actually made their vlog even sadder. Instead, they posted a text-only video. "We have wanted to make a video to address why we haven't been vlogging together but the truth is, it was just too hard to record and that's why we have been staying silent on the topic," the couple shared in the video. No, you're crying.

This YouTuber breakup video explained that Shisa was no more

Fans are invested in Shane Dawson and Ryland Adam's relationship these days, but we can't forget how they mourned over Dawson and Lisa Schwartz's (aka Shisa's) breakup. In 2015, Schwartz uploaded a vlog explaining the split. In the tearful YouTuber breakup video, Schwartz said she would be "completely lying" if she didn't admit it was really difficult. "I feel a lot of joy for Shane because, for years, I watched him suffer," she shared. "And, for years, I hurt for him."

In a separate video, Dawson revealed he'd been confused about his sexuality before coming out as bisexual. However, in a later interview on the Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend podcast, he shared that "the whole sexuality thing was a very small part" of his breakup. The relationship simply wasn't working. "Because she was a little older, she was ready for marriage and kids," Dawson explained. "I was depressed. I didn't enjoy the same things as her. ... There were all these things that we knew, or problems, that we just kind of ignored." Although they remain close, the YouTubers' breakup videos will forever make us sad.

Brooklyn McKnight revealed her split from Parker Johnson in a YouTuber breakup video

Brooklyn McKnight of the popular Brooklyn and Bailey YouTube channel, which is run by the identical twin sisters, finally addressed fans' questions about the status of her relationship with Parker Johnson. The usually bubbly Brooklyn filmed the YouTuber breakup video without her sister to personally clear the air. "Parker and I are not together anymore, and I just want to let y'all know that about a week ago Parker dumped me and, uh, it sucked. It still sucks," the star said, choking back tears. 

Brooklyn revealed that, although they had been having problems, she thought they could tackle their issues, but, instead, Parker decided to end the relationship. Although Brooklyn said the breakup "was not mutual," she understood that he had to make the best decision for him. She advised her fans to be similarly understanding. The star added that the first few days after their split were the hardest, but she knew she had to make a decision to either wallow in her sadness or try to move on. Thankfully, she chose the latter.

Colleen Ballinger and Joshua David Evans opened up in separate YouTuber breakup videos

It was difficult to watch as Colleen Ballinger — of Miranda Sings fame — announced an imminent divorce from Joshua David Evans. In the YouTuber breakup video, which has since been removed, Ballinger revealed their relationship wasn't as perfect as it appeared. "We have always had a rocky relationship since the beginning, we've always butted heads, we've always fought ever since we met. It's never been a perfect relationship," she shared in the vlog (via The Independent). She continued, "You've watched us date, get engaged, get married. We've shown you everything because we wanted to and I don't regret any of that but, you know, we chose to not share with you the hard parts of our relationship and there were a lot of hard parts of our relationship."

Evans also took to YouTube and explained that he and Ballinger had "some great times" as well as "some terrible times" over the course of their eight-year relationship. However, he clarified that he did not want to get divorced: "I want her but I truly believe she thinks she's making the right decision right now..."

In their YouTuber breakup video, LaurDIY and Alex Wassabi said they weren't "on the same page"

Subscribers to YouTube channel LaurDIY were heartbroken when Lauren Riihimaki and Alex Burriss, aka Alex Wassabi, announced their breakup in September 2018. "Who's still waiting for the 'We're back together' video?" one fan commented in 2019. Yes, the breakup is difficult to process even long after the fact. 

In a joint YouTuber breakup video, the pair explained the reasons for their split. "Basically, we just feel like we both need specific things and we're not fully on the same page and so we have to take time apart so that we can get on the same page," Riihimaki revealed. She continued, "So, for us to be able to come back stronger and better we have to take time and focus on ourselves, and I know that's so cliché. In every breakup video, that's what they say. That they need time; they need to improve themselves." Nevertheless, that proved to be the case for them. In an attempt to curb rumors, Burriss and Riihimaki also revealed that neither partner ever cheated nor did they break up in order to be with other people. 

Jaclyn Hill announced a devastating divorce in this YouTuber breakup video

Before Jaclyn Hill became the beauty YouTuber she is today, she married Jon Hill in 2009, when she was just 19 years old. By the time Jaclyn became internet famous, she'd already been married for several years. This meant her fans never really knew Jaclyn without Jon, and, needless to say, fans were shocked when Jaclyn uploaded the vlog "Life Update: Divorce" in May 2018. Although the makeup artist has since deleted the video, it lives on on YouTube. "I know that there are so many people out there who are wondering why this is happening, what the hell is going on," she said in her YouTuber breakup video. "There's so many sweet people that are so heartbroken."

Jaclyn also divulged more details about why the couple split up. "As a friend, we work so well," she explained, "but, as husband and wife and as partners in life, it's just — it's not there. It does not work." She revealed that she and her husband had problems throughout the duration of their marriage and it eventually "got to a point where it was exhausting."

Jesse Wellens and Jeana Smith announced a "new chapter" in their YouTuber breakup video

YouTubers Jesse Wellens and Jeana Smith, the masterminds behind PrankvsPrank, sat down together and filmed an emotional YouTuber breakup video entitled, "A New Chapter." The couple, who'd been together for a decade, explained that there had been problems going on behind the scenes. "A lot of stuff goes on that we don't record, of course, 'cause we only want to show the positivity and awesomeness of our lives and we don't show a lot of the hardships ... or we try not to," Wellens began. 

He continued, saying that he and Smith would be taking a break from YouTube and from each other while Wellens would be relocating to New York. As Smith choked back tears, Wellens revealed that daily vlogging had put a strain on their relationship. "I 100 percent wish that it were different," Smith cried — and, collectively, all of our hearts broke into a million pieces. 

Sierra Furtado and Alex Terranova's relationship just didn't work

After dating for over three years, YouTubers Sierra Furtado and Alex Terranova called it quits. On the same day in July 2019, the exes took to their respective YouTube channels and updated fans on the status of their relationship. "I never thought I'd be sitting here saying to the world that me and Alex aren't together," Furtado revealed in her vlog. "This is a thing that we know needs to happen, that we need to release into the world so that we can fully focus on ourselves because that is the most important thing right now." The star admitted that their relationship hadn't been working, but she couldn't understand why at the time. "When you aren't whole as people, you cannot come together as two halves to make each other whole," she shared. 

In Terranova's YouTuber breakup video, he, too, revealed that there was "just something" that wasn't working in their relationship. The couple decided to end their relationship, and he moved back home to Colorado to be closer to his friends and family.

Lizzy Capri and Carter Sharer made "the best decision" for both of them

When Lizzy Capri uploaded her and Carter Sharer's YouTuber breakup video to her channel, the couple's fans cried right alongside the exes. "This is so sad," one subscriber commented. "I cried all the way [through]. Hope you get back together." Another chimed in, "So sad. I can't watch more." We hear that.

The teary-eyed vlog began with highlights of their relationship — just for that added gut punch — before the couple sat down together and divulged that they were ending their relationship. "I think it's just the best decision for both of us," Capri said through tears. Sharer told fans that although things would be different, he promised that everything would soon get "better." Still, the YouTuber breakup video was hard to watch. After Sharer admitted that he would always love Capri, she looked shocked and quipped, "Can we get married?" Yeah, we may or may not have ugly-cried over it.

Lance Stewart and Lizzy Wurst announced their "mutual agreement" in a YouTuber breakup video

We dare you not to get choked up watching Lance Stewart and Lizzy Wurst's YouTuber breakup video. It's pretty much impossible. "We are no longer together," Wurst said through tears in a December 2018 vlog posted to Stewart's YouTube channel. "It's a mutual agreement," Stewart added. 

The YouTube stars revealed that their arguing had become especially unhealthy over the prior six months and they knew something had to give. "I will always have a love for him, and I believe that this is for the best," Wurst told the camera and her ex. "I believe that us separating is going to help us find who we are as an individual." Both Wurst and Stewart, who'd been together since they were about 14 and 16 years old, respectively, broke down in tears during the video, but revealed that they were not angry at each other. Instead, they were relieved that their relationship was ending on "a good note," according to Wurst.

Liza Koshy and David Dobrik let the tears flow in their famous YouTuber breakup video

In the YouTuber breakup video that basically broke the internet — it's amassed over 57 million views, as of this writing — Liza Koshy and David Dobrik announced their split on Dobrik's YouTube channel. Koshy and Dobrik were all kinds of #couplegoals, so watching the couple reveal their breakup was super upsetting. Still, the two managed to make light of the situation. "Liza broke up with me six months ago," Dobrik told the camera in the June 2018 video. "Aw, that sucks," Koshy joked. "Why'd she do that?" Koshy revealed that she was going through "some stuff" and needed to work on loving herself first.

Fans may be hoping that the couple will get back together, but they remain buddies. "It's like we're just friends," Dobrik revealed in an interview with J-14. "I don't know. We're like really, really close friends. Best friends, I guess. That's the best way to put it." He revealed that their friendship "hasn't gotten awkward yet" and that both he and Koshy are "truly happy."