A 15-Year-Old YouTuber Pretended to Be Married and Pregnant for the Clicks

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A 15-year-old Musical.ly star-turned-YouTuber named Danielle Cohn pretended to wed her 16-year-old boyfriend and fellow YouTuber Mikey Tua in Las Vegas for a video. They also led their followers to believe she was pregnant with his child in a video on his channel, BuzzFeed reports.

On Friday, Tua posted a 18-minute video titled, “We Are Expecting... (Pt. 1/4)” to his channel, in which the teenage couple is seen in a hotel room with some friends, preparing to tell their family that they’re pregnant. It currently has over 3.1 million views.

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The next day, Cohn posted a nearly 14-minute video titled, “We Got Married...(Pt. 2/4)” to her YouTube channel, where she has over 1.2 million subscribers. In that clip, Cohn and Tua go through what appears to be a pretty legit wedding ceremony at the Little Vegas Chapel, complete with an officiating Elvis impersonator. The video is still up, monetized, and has over 2.5 million views. Danielle’s mom, Jennifer Cohn, assured BuzzFeed the pair aren’t actually married (and because she’s under 16, she’d need her guardian’s permission) but because they never made it explicitly clear that they were joking in either video, they’ve still managed to piss off their followers.

Jennifer Cohn told BuzzFeed the wedding was “done for a stunt,” but did not confirm or deny the allegations that her daughter is pregnant. She said:

“It was a YouTube video like most YouTube people do for clickbait. She committed to her best friend in Vegas... legally they can’t get married. [They] are YouTubers [who] did something... they made a promise.”

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Whatever the case, it’s probably not great to tell your child it’s cool to lie about being a teen mom, or teen wife, on the internet for clicks, no matter how much money it pulls in? I am very curious about Tua’s family in all of this: what’s going on there? And most importantly of all: Is YouTube creating a generation of sociopaths?

Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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Dolly Pardon Me

Is YouTube creating a generation of sociopaths?

I’m not sure if YouTube is, specifically, but social media in general in.

Picture it: It’s 3 AM. I receive a text from my 16-year-old stepdaughter; she’s really distraught. Over the course of several paragraph-length texts, she says that she found out she was pregnant a weeks ago and can’t get an abortion and could me and her dad raise it? She’s scared to talk to her dad about it, can I talk to him first? And she included a picture of an ultrasound with her name and such on it. Said she had to text because if she talked about it, she’d just start crying; as a person with bad anxiety, I understood.

I’m half-asleep and my brain’s a blur. I text her back, “Hey, it’s okay. We’ll work it out, Bug. Families come in all forms and you’ve done nothing wrong or anything to be ashamed of. We love you and we’ll support you however you need.”

She didn’t respond so a few minutes later, I asked if she was okay, if she wanted me to come get her so we could talk. We could go to Waffle House and get some pancakes or something.

She replied, “lol no it was a joke.”

I found out from her brother a few months later that she was at a sleepover and they found this “fake an ultrasound” creator thing. The girls thought it would be really funny to send these fake ultrasounds to their parents, boyfriends, whoever, and see what the reply was. I guess mine wasn’t exciting because I didn’t freak out like most of the people they sent them to.

The really, REALLY shitty part is I’m infertile. My stepkids know that I’ll never have natural children, and we’ve joked that if they ever end up with any they don’t want, they can just leave them on my doorstep. So for maybe 10 minutes, I had...hope, I guess. A stupid and warped kind of hope, but hope nonetheless.