After Anna Faris and Chris Pratt broke up in 2018, we had our doubts, but we’re happy to officially declare that love is real. If you need proof, look no further than YouTube’s newest power couple, Jake Paul and Tana Mongeau. As FBI Agents journalists people who write about YouTubers for a living, we did a *professional* deep dive into their short but strong romance to try and figure out what the heck is actually going on. This unholy alliance is the paradigm of a Gen-Z couple, and we’re hoping they take this joke-based clout relationship all the way to the altar. You know, for the views.
We have a feeling that Jake and Tana were talking for a hot minute before they met in person, especially since Tana couldn’t remember when exactly she first talked to the Team 10 CEO IRL. During Tana’s “Mukband In Bed With My Rebound” video, Jake says the first time they met, she went to see him recording music. Right after the revelation at 12:27, Tana asks if they can “tell viewers the truth,” and we honestly have no idea what she means because this extremely public relationship can be surprisingly private sometimes. That’s how you know it’s real! Jake really got into music during 2017 while he was dating Erika Costell, but we think this fateful day was probably after Erika left Jake and Team 10 in 2018.
NGL, we’re pretty sure Jake and Tana hooked up for the first time in January 2019, a month before Tana committed to her evil ex-boyfriend Brad Sousa aka the Justin Bieber impersonator who doesn’t know how to eat a burrito. We’re going to go out on a limb and say Brad was a bit of a downgrade from Jake, a literal multi-millionaire with abs. When Jana posted videos of their matching tattoo adventures, they were debating whether to count tally marks for a month and a half they’ve officially been together or to include times they’ve hooked up in the past, which would have brought them to the five-month mark.
Tana and Jake naturally stopped hooking up when Tana got together with Brad because our girl is #loyal. Unfortunately, Brad is decidedly less loyal and was sexting randoms on Snapchat even though Tana was the perfect girlfriend and gave him more clout than he could have ever dreamed. Tana found out about Brad’s cheating at Weekend One of Coachella, so like the boss she is, she went back for Weekend Two because she deserved a full send. Once she got back, she posted a video confirming that she got cheated on, and Brad was out of the picture.
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Team 10 fans are basically FBI agents, no clickbait. Tana posted a Snapchat video from Jake’s bed where only the top corner of his plain brown headboard was visible, and suddenly everyone knew that something was going on between our controversial faves. Tana and Jake have talked about how they reconnected by Jake literally sending a voice memo asking Tana if he could be her rebound, which sounds like an offer none of us could refuse. During an episode of Team 10 Uncut, Jake showed that he was convinced Tana purposefully outed them for clout, which she probably did despite protests to the contrary. The pair decided to play up the situation for clout because they're basically the same person in different bodies, and a beautiful partnership was born.
After a few days of speculation, Jake and Tana revealed that they were *something* in a pair of videos, "meet the girl i’ve been hiding from you.." and "Mukbang In Bed With My Rebound Jake Paul." Before seeing their dynamics, fans weren’t too keen on the idea of a relationship between the pair, but public opinion drastically changed basically the minute these videos were posted in April. When Tana makes Jake Paul into a likable heartthrob >>> heart eyes. The pair essentially insist that they’re friends while joking about how they’re also hooking up non-exclusively, which only makes sense to Gen Z-ers and millennials who are allergic to commitment. Everyone else remains confused, but it seems pretty clear to us.
Jana took their clout-lationship to the next level by having their debut at Desiigner’s birthday party in matching outfits. Legally, they aren’t allowed to talk about the party because in classic Jake and Tana fashion, there was a scandal, but we were blessed with handsy pictures of the couple flaunting their love at the Team 10-hosted rager. Bella Thorne, Tana’s possibly on-again ex, was also in attendance and seen partying it up alongside the blonde beauties. While Jana hasn't been able to share footage from the event, Tana did post a video of the pair getting ready together like a really enthusiastic pair of newlyweds.
We’re obsessed with Jana’s fake family channel. Jake’s mini-me Tydus Talbott and his little sister live in an annexed portion of the Team 10 house with their parents, so Jana decided to become the blondest family ever and rebrand as “The Pauls” for a babysitting video where they took the kids around the Village at Topanga and gave them candy. Jake is weirdly great with kids, and we think we might be pregnant now. Both Jake and Tana posted about the outing on their channels in early May, and it looks like the young couple might be developing real feelings (gasp!), even if they won’t admit it. Either that or they’re the greatest scammers to ever hit YouTube, which is equally possible.
Less than a month after the couple made their red carpet debut, they were at it again during a Fashion Nova x Cardi B launch event in Los Angeles. Jana wore matching outfits again, this time in red, and Jake posted some PDA pictures of him and his lady love grossing out Logan Paul. Hanging out with the family? That’s how you know it’s getting serious. This isn’t the first time Tana met the more questionable of the Paul brothers — she appeared on Logan’s Impaulsive podcast because all press is good press, where Logan literally predicted that she would end up hooking up with his brother. And we thought Logan was just being gross, little did we know he was having a rare moment of clarity.
Jake Paul tries to play it off like he’s trolling Brad Sousa because it’s quirky and fun, but it seems like he has a real bone to pick with the cheating *sshole irrelevant Canadian. Their dirty laundry was first aired on May 1 when Jake retweeted a still of Brad’s “i’m sorry..” video apologizing for cheating on Tana with the caption “i’m not,” which was honestly really hot. Are we Jake Paul stans now? Ten days later, Jake posted a video where he told Tana about the DMs he’d been exchanging challenging Brad to a fight during the Cardi B event. Of course, they left the clickbait to the sixteenth minute of this video, but basically, Jake explained that Brad asked him to fight and that he’s very, very down because we hate cheaters. Brad responded five days later telling him to pull up, but we’re not going to link it because we hate monetized cheaters. Brad revealed that Jake had been sending him pictures of Jake and Tana kissing, which is hilarious, and said Jana started hooking up again a day after Brad left, but that last bit might have been an exaggeration. Also, unrelated, but Brad is a horrible vlogger.
True love is knowing that your girlfriend is going to offend your followers and giving her full access to your Twitter anyway. Tana took over Jake’s Twitter for a few days beginning the night after the Fashion Nova party and ending a few days later on May 16. TBH, it started after Jake broke into Tana’s backyard to give her flowers (because he’s cute!!) and a joke pregnancy test (for the views!!), which essentially sums up where they’re at right now. Still, letting your girl self-promo for days to your 3.52 million followers is a big step for any modern couple.
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As far as we know, Tana has still yet to meet Jake’s dad but based on what we heard in Shane Dawson’s Jake Paul documentary, that might be further proof that Jake actually cares about her. Around the time Tana was controlling Jake’s Twitter, Jake brought Mamma Paul to Tana’s house during filming for Tana Turns 21 on MTV to meet his new sorta-girlfriend. Tana called her “mom” right away which is big Future Wife Energy, and Jake’s mom had nothing but nice things to say about his new partner in clout. The video also featured a cute moment where Jake told Tana to “go thrive” and kissed her goodbye before she went off to do important reality TV things, which is basically the definition of being a feminist ally.
After weeks of dating hinting at a merch collab, Jana finally monetized their relationship the day after Tana gave Jake his Twitter back. Well, technically, Jake’s videos of their relationship were probably also monetized, but AdSense is trash now so that barely counts. The couple dropped a "limited" Jana crewneck that’s high-key still available over a month later, so maybe it’s only as limited as their relationship is. We can’t wait for Jana wedding photo tees in a few years when they realize they’ve been in love all along.
Continuing the trend of Jake trying to defend Tana’s honor, Jake posted a video where he “confronts” another guy that cheated on Tana, Soundcloud rapper Lil Xan. TBH, Jake like barely gave him sh*t for what went down between them, but Tana’s been pretty clear that she’s cool with Xan right now and doesn’t want to start any drama. Considering all three of them enjoy strategic clout-based relationships, it makes sense that no one would want to rock the boat, but we think it’s pretty decent that Jake decided to address it at all during Xan’s music video shoot. When he does the bare minimum >>> heart eyes.
Tana literally just posted her video “Jake Paul Teaches Me How To Drive” on June 2, but Twitter receipts confirm that this low-key adorable sh*tshow actually went down on May 22. First, she tweeted that Jake was about to teach her to drive in his Lamborghini, then later that day she shared that the 22nd was also the first day she was able to poop in his mansion, the real milestone. During that video, Jake told Tana’s audience that he was actually trying to finesse Tana a car after she got #JakePleaseBuyTanaACar to trend worldwide as a joke. Who needs a sugar daddy when your 20-year-old boyfriend has more money than some small countries?
In a classic tale of “two steps forward, one step back,” while Jake was endearing himself to a new audience with Tana, he was also starting a collab channel with his brother Logan, who we still haven’t forgiven for that whole suicide forest video thing. No amount of abs can make that fiasco any less disgusting. Hidden in one of their first videos for the channel, “Our First Video: Cody Ko, Tfue vs. Faze, James Charles” (a clickbait title if we’ve ever seen one, props), Logan asks Jake what *exactly* is going on with Tana. After some leading questions, Jake does define it as an “open relationship” at the 5:30 mark, but he also says some super mushy stuff about how he thinks their relationship will never end and how fantastic Tana is. OMG, our hearts.
A day after Jake and Logan posted their first collab, Jana decided to get matching tattoos. While their videos from that night weren’t posted until a few days later on May 30, Twitter again gave us an *accurate* timeline (because editing takes a minute, y’all) showing that tattoo-gate went down on May 26. The couple confirms they’re still not exclusive in their videos, with Tana dapping Jake while telling him she’s not mad if he hooks up with other girls as long as they’re a seven or above, they literally got matching tattoos. Like, get married already. They also had their first on-camera fight because Tana really, really did not want to get these tattoos, but they came back stronger than ever.
Because our girl Tana is the queen of time management, her video “David Dobrik Teaches Me How To Drive (In His TESLA)” from June 14 was actually filmed the same day she had her Paul Family Memorial Day photoshoot. Tana spends the whole video unsuccessfully flirting with David, which is part of the beautiful freedom that comes from an open clout relationship, before leaving for her family time, which she then later left to hang out with Bella (although we aren’t sure if she meant Bella Thorne or her childhood BFF Bella). Tana explains that "just because [she] wants to f*ck Jake doesn’t mean [she doesn’t] want to f*ck David,” which did clear things up a bit. Honestly, same.
Logan joked on Twitter about Tana running Jake’s social media *and* editing his videos, but we didn’t realize how serious he was until Tana tweeted on May 30 that she spent twelve hours editing one of Jake’s videos because she’s “wifey.” Honestly, that’s a pretty big deal and we hope he paid her. The video is a wholesome family moment where Tydus asks his friend Elle to be his girlfriend, showing that Tana is a good wife, a good mother, *and* a good YouTuber. Ladies, we can have it all.
June 11 was a big day for YouTube’s craziest couple. Jake's vlog “meet the new jana…” where he transforms into the Joker and Tana becomes Harley Quinn was posted on the 13th because Jake’s, like, a professional with a quick editing schedule. Later on the 11th, Tana went to do an interview still wearing her Harley Quinn makeup because she’s #Dedicated and they’re a #PowerCouple, where she waxed poetic about how wonderful Jake is for roughly five minutes to a ridiculously hot reporter. If that's not love, nothing is. Tana praised Jake’s work ethic (read also: his quick editing schedule) and said that Jake is bringing out her best self.
Just because Jake and Tana are newly domestic doesn’t mean they’ve lost their edge. Our girl leaked her *own nudes* on June 12, tweeting out a text she sent to Jake asking for a car where she was wearing not-underpants. Seriously, it’s just her whole *ss and it’s dumb fat, good for her. Since Jake has already let us know that he’s trying to secure some wheels for his girl, we’re honestly more worried about the fact that Tana has 939 unread messages. Seriously, we're anxious.
Tana has single-handedly made the term “daddy” less cringe-y, so we were in total support of our queen wishing her man a Happy Father’s Day on June 16. Jake re-posted on his own story, naturally, because when your hot clout girlfriend posts a fire picture of you as the world’s most notorious criminal, you want the world to see it. The Paul Family is still going strong, even if daddy had to work during his holiday weekend. We can't wait to see what stunt these two lovebirds pull next. But we're pretty sure it's going to rhyme with "Tana's Getting A Car."
The very questionable couple took things to a whole new level on Tana's 21st birthday, June 24, when Jake proposed to Tana on her birthday cake and she said yes while celebrating in Vegas. Some fans aren't buying that the engagement is 100% legit, others think that when they sober up in a couple of days they'll call it off, but we're just kind of hoping they live stream what's sure to be a completely WTF-worthy wedding ceremony. At the rate their relationship is going, they'll be married by July.