I'm Dating a Celebrity / BEHIND THE SCENES
- Published on Dec 3, 2019
- Hello, I am Andrea and I have been with my boyfriend Justin for a few years and everything was going great, but recently things have been falling apart. Our relationship is going downhill and he is at the lowest point I've seen him. He's depressed and just not himself. All of this because of one mistake he made.
Justin is a pretty great guy. He's sweet and funny, and he loves to make people smile. That's why I fell for him in the first place. I remember when I met him I was amazed because he seemed like a completely different person than anyone I had ever met before. He had this energy and enthusiasm about him. He was like this super-charismatic natural entertainer that was always making people smile and laugh.
I guess that’s why he became so popular. You see, Justin is an Instagram blogger, or vlogger, or whatever you call it. He’s got a ton of followers and they are always checking in to see what he’s up to. He posts pictures, videos, and stories and they all get lots of reactions. He got popular enough on Insta that he branched out to his own TheXvid and Twitter with ads and was actually making some good money. I think being a social media personality made him happier than anything else. Most people don’t get to pay their bills by having fun and doing something they love.
Sometimes it was almost like he was a little too into building his web following. He was always doing weird and crazy social media challenges, any crazy stunt or meme that was trending, he was all over it. He did skits, pranks, exceptionally stupid things people would dare him to (like drinking Tobasco sauce or making snow angels in nothing but a pair of shorts-Both real examples.) But no matter how ridiculous his online antics were, they were always a big hit with the audience. It almost seemed like he could do no wrong until he made a wrong step, or steps I should say and the internet turned on him.
So it all went downhill after we went and saw Joker. He wanted to maximize the movie tie-in, so he had a bunch of ideas, some good, some pretty bad. We settled on recreating the most iconic scene from the movie. The Joker dance down the stairs in the Bronx. And yes I know that Everybody started doing that and taking selfies on those steps and stuff, but we were doing it when it was still cool.
Justin was super pumped about it. He planed it all out like he was directing the Godfather or something. He spent about a day planning camera angles, picking out what he was going to wear and deciding on just the right ironic music selection. He was convinced this was going to be a huge viral video. I think he was already preparing for what he was going to talk about when he gets invited on Ellen. He had pretty much established in his mind that this was going to be the funniest thing he had done and he was about to break into the big time. That’s not quite how it worked though.
We went out to the location on a sunny morning. I recorded on my phone while he did his thing down the steps. I thought it was fun to watch but something about it didn’t seem as cool as what we were expecting. The post didn’t go live until that night and we went to bed. The next morning Justin found out that his post had gone viral and he did blow up, just not the way he was anticipating.
The first time I saw him that next morning he was sitting in front of his laptop looking depressed like I had never seen before. The reviews were in and they weren’t good. His post spawned several new hashtags like #stairfail #can’tdanceguy, #Jokerfail, and some less polite ones. It seemed like everyone had something to say. And by “something” I mean things like “At least Joker was smart enough to hide his face while he was skipping down the steps like an idiot.” or “You dance like someone trying to walk in heels for the first time,” or another personal favorite “you move like one of those videos of baby goats that don’t know how to use their legs yet...except that you’re not cute or entertaining.”
Justin has been so depressed and just not himself. He’s so messed up about it that he’s even kind of lashed out at me like it’s my fault. He even said he wants to break up. I think he’s just embarrassed and wants to crawl into a hole by himself. I just don’t know what to do to get the old Justin back.
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