Finally we are get some of the answers we have craved ever since Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul got engaged over a month ago. When Jake got down on one knee on that stage in Las Vegas, everyone began wondering: is this thing real, or is it all just another YouTube prank? Well, now, over a week after the wedding, Tana is finally giving us some answers.
In a "get ready with me" style video, Tana Paul (as she calls herself repeatedly) chats to the camera for 30 mins as she does her makeup on the morning of her wedding day. Throughout the process, she covers everything from her YouTube show (which has been renewed for a second season) to her relationship with Jake.
At many points throughout the video, Tana emphasizes that she loves Jake. She is not just with him for his money (she would be with him even "if he literally worked at f*cking Target), and he wasn't a rebound after her ex, Brad Sousa, cheated on her (though she admits she did text Jake an hour after they broke up).
She also says that she understands why people think the relationship is fake. The two of them do joke A LOT about the whole thing being for clout, and the timing is suspicious with her MTV reality show.
"Obviously, it started off with us making a lot of jokes with us doing everything for clout," she says. "And I’ve been saying this a lot in interviews, but I feel like the best way to put it is like, yes, we hype things up for camera, obviously. We rush things and do crazy things."
When the two realized the media circus that was surrounding their relationship, they just decided to play it up, she says. They wanted to authentically "be Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul, document it from our side and play into the joke. Take the power back." Tana admits that she thinks doing this was the "best decision we ever made.”
The biggest reveal, however, comes when Tana confirms that the wedding isn't legal on paper though, she insists that has nothing to do with the genuine nature of the marriage. "Any wedding I had—if I had three more f*cking weddings—really, I wouldn’t want to do it on paper because I think legally binding yourself to someone takes away the love," she explains. "It’s unnecessary."
It's unclear what exactly this marriage means then, if it isn't legal on paper. In Jake's YouTube video from the wedding day, Jake's friend Izadi, who officiated the ceremony, says to the audience, "I think we should all respect that this is a real wedding as I was ordained 48 hours ago."
So, while Tana emphasizes over and over again in her video that the wedding and relationship are "real," it's unclear exactly what that means, not only to Tana, but to the United States government. Yes, Tana and Jake can have a wedding, and Tana can even legally change her name to Tana Paul, but without that paperwork, their marriage isn't recognized by the state or federal government, meaning they won't receive certain benefits that accompany getting married. It also means that if they wanted to split up, they wouldn't have to get a divorce, they could just break up like any non-married couple.
Whether the marriage is legal or not, it seems like the relationship is legit. Of course, Tana and Jake aren't very traditional, so who knows what their "marriage" will bring. Either way, Tana has a pretty good explanation for all the craziness that has occurred and will no doubt continue to come: "To all of the people who think it’s not real and we’re just putting on this show as two f*cking sociopaths, it is real," she says. "That's all I know to tell those people. We’re just f*cking crazy."
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