Say It Ain’t So: Connor Franta Quits O2L

It’s easy to forget that YouTubers are just ordinary people who have chosen to turn on their cameras to share small snippets of their lives or talents with the internet. That’s probably why so many fans were shocked yesterday to learn that Connor Franta, one of the stars of vlogger supergroup Our Second Life, has been struggling with unhappiness and frustration in his personal life. As a result of these personal difficulties, the vlogging sensation has decided to leave the Fullscreen-managed collab channel that has made him famous.

In a video announcing his departure, Franta, who has 2.8 million subscribers on his personal channel in addition to the nearly 2 million who follow his exploits on Our Second Life, alluded to the pressures of online fame. He specifically notes that he feels his content has suffered as a result of his recent personal difficulties and that though he makes a living through YouTube, he doesn’t want to “be one of those people who treats YouTube as a job.” He offers apologies to fans who he feels he will disappoint, suggesting that maintaining his sunny online persona has taken a toll. More than 12 hours after Franta posted his video announcement the hashtag #WeLoveYouConnor is still trending nationally.

At this time it’s unknown how his departure will affect the planned O2L movie which was intended to document the group’s US tour. Franta will remain a presence online both through his personal YouTube channel and through his other social media feeds. Franta is likely not the first popular online personality to succumb, at least temporarily, to the fatigue of online fame and he probably won’t be the last. We at NMR wish him a quick recovery mentally and emotionally.

What do you think O2L will do without Connor?

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