On Friday, the Martinez twins announced that they were leaving Team 10, the popular group of social media stars founded by YouTube prankster and former Vine star Jake Paul this past January.
In an emotional video, Ivan and Emilio Martinez explained that they were leaving because of how they were treated by their fellow Team 10 members.
The twins, who are originally from Spain and have cultivated a massive following on social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube after joining Team 10, expressed how they felt bullied by Paul while being ignored and badmouthed by the others, even admitting that they were "going to sleep scared" every night.
Following the video's release, the twins also expressed their dismay on Twitter.
Ivan lamented: "How can they text me 'I love you I miss you' and then they talk bad about us on videos... they know everything and they are lying..."
How can they text me "I love you I miss you" and then they talk bad about us on videos... they know everything and they are lying...— Ivan Martinez (@Ivan Martinez)1510414395.0
While Emilio said: "People who wants to make fun of you, laugh at you or even try to hurt you, that’s cause they know you are better than them and they wanna take you down, keep smiling, that’s it."
People who wants to make fun of you, laugh at you or even try to hurt you, that’s cause they know you are better th… https://t.co/CFmqdhuNzk— Emilio Martinez (@Emilio Martinez)1510436066.0
Their former team members expressed their shock at it all, releasing a statement about how Paul had found the twins living in less-than-desirable conditions in Spain, and how he took them under his wing and invited them to be part of Team 10.
According to the statement: "What they said in the video simply isn't true. If they had ever said anything, we would've addressed the problem like a real family does. We all took them under our wings and made sure they were always taken care of. If they had ever expressed concern, it would've been dealt with immediately...and they know that."
In response to Emilio and Ivan’s video: https://t.co/pCEwH4I7ZW— Team 10 (@Team 10)1510517993.0
While the team expressed sadness at the departure of the twins, they assured their fans that they "will take this as a lesson and grow as a result."
😕 https://t.co/9uZa98zQ3h— Jake Paul (@Jake Paul)1510522728.0
Confused, upset and disappointed. https://t.co/Xiuod692a5— Nick Crompton (@Nick Crompton)1510518041.0
When somebody you eat, sleep, & live with does this to you... After everything.. It truly hurts. We will get thro… https://t.co/aZnePwlVGn— Chance Sutton (@Chance Sutton)1510518614.0
The twins weren't buying the heartbreak, though:
Why they keep hiding the truth? why?— Emilio Martinez (@Emilio Martinez)1510521323.0
It’s not about who is real to you face it’s about who stays real behind your back...— Ivan Martinez (@Ivan Martinez)1510522347.0
And with several other members of Team 10 having called it quits over the past several months, perhaps they have a point:
@ImChanceSuttons WHO'S NEXT IN LINE? We have Alissa, Neels, The Dobre Twins, Aj, and now The Martinez Twins who left Team 10— Jeff Yantos (@Jeff Yantos)1510518724.0
@KadeSpice I have one question. You were able to make an explanation for why The Martinez twins left, but you could… https://t.co/3LNXSfsqGl— Jeff Yantos (@Jeff Yantos)1510518326.0
While many were supportive of the twins' choice to leave:
@Team10official Yes, the twins were very grateful that you brought them to LA. But that doesn’t deny the fact that… https://t.co/Yet1472epG— linds (@linds)1510518848.0
@Team10official @erikacostell just like the dolan twins, you can’t start to say that you “made” them and “found” th… https://t.co/vW5EYTLUrE— nicole guiga (@nicole guiga)1510519192.0
Others were less forgiving:
Officially shook.Never thought this day would come, the day the martinez Twins left and betrayed team 10.The family… https://t.co/pMk0R0kV0D— Julianna Paul (@Julianna Paul)1510515653.0
A sad day for Team 10 fans everywhere:
it still hasn’t hit me that the martinez twins will not be in team 10 anymore, i am going to miss seeing them in the vlogs so much.— christophe (@christophe)1510499543.0
@Team10official reading this like https://t.co/8JNPjeOX63— Camila Fraser (@Camila Fraser)1510518065.0
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