Colleen Ballinger, also known by her YouTube moniker Miranda Sings, announced in a lengthy, emotional video that she plans to end her yearlong marriage to fellow YouTube star Joshua Evans.
In a post on Psycho Soprano, one of her two video channels, a teary-eyed Ballinger tells her followers that she holds no regrets about making her relationship with Evans so public, but admits “we chose not to share with you the hard parts of the relationship and there were a lot of hard parts."
Ballinger said the two have had a “rocky relationship” since the beginning of their involvement, which culminated with their July 2015 wedding, which has been watched more than 11 million times on YouTube.
She avoided sharing details behind the split, but insisted that Evans is a “wonderful man” she still loves.
“This has nothing to do with, ‘he’s a bad person’ or ‘he did something horrible to me,’ or anything like that. He’s a good person and I love him,” Ballinger says. “We have always had a very rocky relationship since the beginning. We’ve always butted heads. We’ve always fought, ever since we met really. It’s never been a perfect relationship.”
She said it would “break my heart” if any of her fans chose sides. She also asked that they refrain from sending Evans “any hate.”
Evans confirmed the couple's split in a video titled “Heartbroken." He also acknowledged that the marriage wasn’t as cheerful as it appeared online, but neither were the eight years the couple spent together. Still, he says in the video, he wanted to stay together with Ballinger.
“I want it to be known I am not choosing this divorce. I don’t want this divorce,” he says. “I want her, but I truly believe that she thinks she is making the right decision right now, and I can't make her decisions for her.”
Evans does not provide any reasons for the split but said it was not related to infidelity. He also said he plans to “step away” from Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and all social media for a while.
“I’ve got to go heal in private,” he says.