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Popular Twitch streamer accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend: Why it matters

You never really know the person behind the online persona
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Peyton McKenzie

Everyone has that one singer that lives in every one of their playlists and that one actor that they watch every one of their movies. In the world of social media and the internet, we all have someone who we follow, look up to or even admire.

It’s a bummer when they turn out to be a terrible person.

If you were in any way a part of the Minecraft and Twitch community in recent years, you would know the name Wilbur Soot pretty well. If you are more of an indie music fan, you know him as lead vocalist William Gold of the British indie rock band Lovejoy.

And now, we all know him as a perpetrator of domestic violence.

On Feb. 21, Shubble, an American Minecraft Twitch streamer and YouTuber, spoke out about her experiences with abuse from one of her ex-boyfriends, without explicitly naming him.

In her 30-minute-long stream, Shubble detailed some of her experiences throughout her relationship. She recalled having to create a safe word because of his persistent biting that would leave bruises on her arms and legs, and him joking about how she looked abused. She recalled his lies, manipulation and financial abuse.

She talked about him ignoring their safe word and even biting down harder whenever she’d use it.

Shubble’s reason for speaking up now, months after their break up, was, as she put it, “silence has always brought me peace, and this time it feels like my silence is not keeping my peace, it’s only keeping somebody else’s peace.”

However, on X, formerly known as Twitter, fans immediately started speculating, despite Shubble’s wishes, who she might’ve been talking about — and Wilbur’s name came up more than once.

A week later, on Feb. 27, Wilbur posted an apology — if it could even be called that — on his X page, admitting to the allegations.

Wilbur was a popular and well-loved figure in the community — with 4.7 million followers on Twitch, 6.05 million subscribers on YouTube and Lovejoy amounting 2.1 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

He was a part of many Minecraft SMPs — survival multiplayer servers — including the Dream SMP, which quickly rose to popularity in 2020 and QSMP, the world’s first multilingual server created by his fellow content creator Quackity.

He was a role model for many young and impressionable fans, which made the situation even more surprising.

Soon, Wilbur’s replies were flooded with responses from other content creators, YouTubers, Twitch streamers and anyone else who has publicly interacted with him.

The surprising part was that many of them spoke up about their own experiences with the British streamer. The replies to that apology post have now reached more than 20,000.

Wilbur’s so-called apology contained the word “I” 26 times and he did not mention Shubble by her name once. As Dream, a Minecraft YouTuber and singer, put it in his response: “She had reason to be afraid to say your name, but you shouldn’t have been afraid to say hers.”

Shubble has since replied on her alternate X account, “I could not have imagined what I would wake up to today. My ex pretending he thought I enjoyed being hurt … and all of my friends immediately coming to my defense.”

She replied to that post saying, “and for the record, I don’t accept the apology.”

The internet being the internet, some believe that Shubble is lying, saying that Wilbur is just getting “canceled” and that this will blow over in a week or two, as it has done in the past with other content creators who have been accused of abuse or grooming.

To that, Shubble’s friend and British streamer Aimsey, who is close friends with Wilbur’s close friends, spoke out to their fans.

“This is not some petty drama, this is not some Twitter thing,” Aimsey said on their livestream. “This is abuse. There are victims involved in this and you guys are treating it like it’s a Twitter drama, it’s not. This is a serious thing. Stop acting like this is something that’s gonna be blown over in a week. Stop saying ‘Wilbur is canceled,’ he’s not canceled, he’s an abuser! It is a crime!”

I used to watch Wilbur’s streams during the COVID-19 pandemic and continued to do so after, even after I dropped so many other content creators.

Lovejoy has had a permanent place in my playlists for years now. The songs “Perfume,” “Concrete,” “Consequences” and “Normal People Things” were among my favorites. Now I can’t bring myself to listen to them.

Wilbur has been silent since posting his response and so has Lovejoy. The band was set to play at big festivals in 2024, including Summer Sonic in Japan and on the first day of Coachella. So far, there has been no news regarding whether they’ll perform or not.

Content creators’ online personas are just that: a persona. The fans never truly know the person they are following and who they are looking up to. But it hits hard, to know that who you admired or listened to is not a good person.

This situation is not about Wilbur though, and it’s not about the fans’ feelings. It’s about Shubble, and everyone else who spoke out about their experiences.

As Ranboo, American Twitch streamer and Wilbur’s former close friend put it, “anyone who tried to downplay or discredit a victim’s stories for ANY REASON, especially for the sake of being able to watch a creator’s content is an idiot … ‘separate art from the artist’ listen to a different fucking song.” 

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    VivianaApr 9, 2024 at 8:34 pm

    First off Shelby supporters dox, harrass, and send CP of Wilbur. SHLBY EVEN LIKES SOME OF THOSE POSTS. And apparently she was covered in bruises? AT the time she was wearing short sleeved shirts and skirts, no bruises. 6 WILBUR FANS ARE IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF HER AND HER FANS. YOU NEED TO REALIZE WHAT HIS STORY IS. bad apology? at least he’s trying to change with therapy. Shelby tweeted “I low-key hate f@//0ts” and deleted it. Also she said that people who take therapy cant change. even if Wilbur did abuse her, she’s a disgusting person. “you supports a abuser!” and you support people that are homophobic, send CP of people, dox, send death threats and harass people. so there’s my part.

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    Chayanne/CharlieApr 2, 2024 at 1:10 pm

    I found out about this from TikTok and i was DISGUSTED. Utterly abhorred. I just can’t believe there are people like this in the world. I support Shubble through all of this. I once found a post that was trying to say Shubble was lying and that SHE was abusing HIM. I was so mad I physically couldn’t type a response to that bullshit; my hands were shaking from anger. I know the Internet will be the Internet, but seriously people. This is SERIOUS. This isn’t a joke, or some drama. This is ABUSE. This is a CRIME. We need to take this as seriously as it is; which means getting our heads out of our asses and supporting actual victims, not your favourite content creator. I don’t know how many times we need to say this before we get through some people’s thick skulls; THIS. IS. SERIOUS. Stop acting like it’s a joke. I don’t care that “Wilbur Soot helped me through the pandemic”. It goes far past who your favourite content creator is now This is if your enough of a good person to support abuse victims. I’m sorry for ranting, I just needed to get this off my chest.

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    LuxMar 17, 2024 at 12:27 pm

    Never in my life did I think he’d be an abuser. Holy shit. Found out through a yt video and looked it up. I feel so bad for the victim 🙁

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      lynnieApr 3, 2024 at 11:09 pm

      i was so horrified. i used to be a HUGE Wilbur and Lovejoy fan in the past, i looked up to them a whole fuckin lot. but this.. this is so unacceptable. i cant believe he would do that to someone. i fully support Shubble and her journey, i also am so happy that she is supported throughout this hard time of telling people about the abuse. i’m very happy that she is supported fully. i do get very mad at the people who don’t support her, and i honestly feel bad for them for not being smart enough to understand that this is a fucking crime. lawsuit, anyone?

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    Ivy MaciasMar 13, 2024 at 10:41 am

    I’m sorry. All i can say is, HOLY SHIT.
    I found out about this from someone from capcut who said wilbur was an abuser. At first I didn’t believe them. But when i dug deeper i found the truth. It breaks my heart to think that the person I looked up to, one of my IDOLS, was an abuser. I don’t think I’m gonna ever enjoy Lovejoy’s songs the same way again.

    I’m glad that Wilbur apologised to Shubble, but sometimes apologising doesn’t work. It’s like crumpling up a paper, and when you uncrumple it, it’ll never be the same ever again, it doesn’t matter how much you apologise.

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      AnonMar 16, 2024 at 10:25 am

      FOR REAL, I immediately unfollowed him on everything when I found out. It’s really sad, he was one of my biggest idols and I’m disgusted by his actions, I’ll never listen to his songs again.

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