[UPDATED SEPTEMBER 16, 2021]
Ok, guys, if you've spent any time online in the past few days, there's a chance that tweets, status updates, and even screenshots about "JaMill" have appeared on your feed. Some of you know who they are—especially loyal mandirigmas—while others may have no clue what's going on. Let us catch you up.
JaMill is the "couple name" of Jayzam Manabat and Camille Trinidad, two of the most popular content creators in the Philippines.
JaMill deleted their YouTube channel, only to create a new one a month later
On August 19, Camille took to Twitter to inform their followers and she and Jayzam are signing off YouTube. At the time, they had over 12 million subscribers.
In another tweet, Camille explained, "Yes, deleted na po ang channel. 'Di naman natin mapi-please lahat ng tao na sabihing pa-issue lang ito or what. It's about our relationship; mas pinili namin mas maging okay ang relationship namin. I hope na irespeto na lang. Thank you."
But only a month later, they made their YouTube comeback. In a vlog titled "BAKIT NAMIN NA-DELETE AND YOUTUBE CHANNEL NAMIN," they explained that Camille deleted their original channel because of a fight that was rooted in a discussion about whether or not they were still together because of YouTube. Jayzam shared, "Hindi pa kami naghi-heal noong mga panahon na 'yon. Nasa healing stage kami na hindi namin puwede isabay yung kahit ano doon. Kasi walang mangyayari, chaos talaga. Away palagi and mangyayari, magsu-suffer kami habang nagvo-vlog kami."
JaMill cheating scandal
In April 2021, JaMill trended because Camille took to Facebook and posted photos of women Jayzam supposedly cheated with. There's also this article by Manila Bulletin published on April 18 about a netizen who called out Jayzam for harassing a female fan. Upon checking Camille's Facebook page, there are no longer any posts about the cheating issue, but the social media star posted a series of cryptic messages on Twitter:
On April 20, two women—Dambie Tensuan and Nyca Bernardo—who were involved in the JaMill issue that's been making waves online shared their sides of the story on Raffy Tulfo's Wanted sa Radyo. According to the girls, Camille's now-deleted social media post where she mentioned them as the women involved with boyfriend Jayzam, resulted in them being targets of online abuse.
Dambie met Jayzam through his sibling a few years ago; Nyca worked with the YouTuber in the past as an English subtitlist.
Dambie was the first to speak up. When asked about the photos she sent Jayzam, she told Tulfo, "Kasi, sir, tawag po kasi nang tawag…siguro po, 'di ko alam sir kung nabilog ba ko o nauto ako…" She added, "Kung ako po yung nasa sitwasyon ni Camille tapos influencer po kami, tapos ang mga fans po namin [ay] bata, tapos ganung issue na siya…siguro para sa'kin hindi ko na siya dapat ilabas." She insisted that nothing happened between her and Jayzam. During the interview, Dambie also shared that her boyfriend happens to be Camille's ex.
When it was Nyca's turn to explain her side, she said that even before Camille posted about the issue on social media, Jayzam insisted that they fix it in private because he admitted that everything was his fault. She revealed, "Ang alam ko po kasi ay nagsasama sila for the vlog. Nagkaroon po talaga ako ng emotional attachment [to] him. Nag-send po siya sa'kin ng voice message na lahat naman po nang sinabi niya sa'kin ay totoo. Then, nagulat na lang po ako sa post niya nung nag-public apology siya na lahat daw po nang sinabi ni Camille yung totoo, which is, hindi naman po."
They both urged the netizens to be mindful of how words can affect a person's life, especially when people aren't aware of the entire situation.
Later on, both Camille and Jayzam guested on the radio program. When asked about her reaction the Dambie and Nyca's POVs, Camille was quick to answer, "Sobrang nonsense lahat nang sinabi nila." She continued, "Ako, as babae, kahit ano mang ipakita sa'kin—pera, bahay, sasakyan—'di ko papatulan, Sir Tulfo."
Jayzam told Tulfo, "Ako po talaga yung may kasalanan po dito…Sinabi ko po talaga sa dalawang 'yan na aayusin ko po in private…Nilabas ko po lahat nang nililihim ko kay Camille."
JaMill to sell house & car?
In a Manila Bulletin article, a netizen posted photos of the couple's property in Nueva Ecija on August 26. In her upload, she said she was neither a real estate agent nor a broker: "For sale! Two-storey house with swimming pool, kasama lahat ng gamit sa bahay. Looking for [a] direct buyer. Hindi po ako ahente or broker. I was instructed by the owner themselves to transact on their behalf." (Read more here.)
How JaMill met
Both 22, Camille and Jayzam have been in a relationship for four years. While they are immensely popular on YouTube, the two actually met on Facebook in November 2016! According to Jayzam, he had a crush on Camille and basically decided to shoot his shot by messaging her. She seenzoned him at first. Eventually, they became friends and when they posted a photo together, people said they looked cute. He courted her for a couple of months and they became official on January 30, 2017.
At the time, they were in a long-distance relationship because Camille is from Nueva Ecija while Jayzam lived in Binangonan, Rizal. They met halfway, enjoying dates in Cubao.
JaMill on YouTube
In an interview for Magandang Buhay, JaMill said they started their vlog by documenting their daily life. Camille said that the two of them have always had a passion for making videos, and their vlogs serve as an album of their memories.
Jayzam said, "Tapos habang tumatanda po, nagiging mature po kami. Parang nagle-level up din po paunti-unti yung mga vlogs namin...siguro po kapag family channel na po ito then dadating po sa panahong magnenegosyo rin po kami. Tuturuan po namin ng business po yung mga audience po namin, as in step-by-step procedure po."
On December 24, 2019, JaMill posted a tour of their new home; they followed it up with an *updated* look on August 7, 2020.
But actually, they've been living together for much longer than that. Jayzam revealed that he actually lived with Camille's family for around two years. This helped establish the trust in their relationship and also the reason their parents understood their decision to move in to a house with their friends.
In February 2021, JaMill announced their new business, a milk tea shop located in Nueva Ecija (where Camille is from).
What their fans, called "Mandirigma", like about them
The YouTubers told PEP.ph that it probably has a lot to do with their dynamic. Jayzam is the more lively one of the two while Camille tends to be more calm: "Parang balance po. May moment na kalmado, peaceful tingnan. May moment na sobrang kalokohan, sobrang saya. May moment na may aral na naibibigay at may mga moments na 'wag sanang tularan, balance na balance po, parang yin-yang."