Popular YouTube personality Bretman Rock has asked his fans to give him some privacy at his father's funeral in the Philippines. Bretman posted a series of tweets on Nov 21 expressing dismay over fans showing up at his family home uninvited and asking for selfies.
Can people just let me be sad for onces.... I’m here in the Philippines for my dad who just passed, don’t come to my house and ask me for pictures.. so many people showed up to my dads funeral uninvited and started taking pics of my dad and my family..
Like why?It’s common sense— Bretman Rock (@bretmanrock) November 21,2019
Bretman also explained why it's inappropriate for anyone to ask him for photos while he is in mourning.
I just don’t understand why people think it’s okay to ask me for pictures when my eyes are literally swollen from crying... how you you gonna say “condolences, can we take a picture ?”— Bretman Rock (@bretmanrock) November 21,2019
ABS CBN reported that Bretman, who is based in Hawaii in the United States, first revealed to a fan on Nov 6 that his father was in critical health condition. Bretman told the fan via Twitter that he is taking some time off from posting regularly on social media to spend more time with his family.
GMA Network identified his later father as Edward Laforga.
Bretman has 6.5 million subscribers on YouTube with content mostly focusing on beauty, humour and his daily life. He most recently posted an image of himself crying with the caption telling his followers that "it's okay to cry..." on Instagram where he has 13 million followers.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan published in October, it was revealed that fans have even showed up unannounced at Bretman's home in Hawaii to take photos with him.
"I have cameras around my house so that whenever they do come up, I can watch them leave. I don’t ever try to entertain them. There are times when I’m working in the garage and people would see and then all of a sudden cars would start passing by my house. It’s just weird," he said.
This is not the first time fans have seemingly crossed the line in order to get closer to their YouTube idols. Earlier this year, The Dolan Twins posted a similar plea to fans asking them not to gatecrash their father's funeral. A fan had reportedly leaked details of the funeral service on social media, asking others to attend the event to offer emotional support to the twins.