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The story of the YouTube star feared kidnapped or trapped

19-year-old Marina Joyce sparked concerns she was in danger after a series of strange videos and Tweets

Growing fears among fans of a popular English vlogger have prompted an investigation by police.

Marina Joyce, who makes YouTube videos about fashion and beauty for over 700,000 subscribers, was reported to be “safe and well” by authorities who performed a welfare check at her home in north London.

The 19-year-old’s recent uploads sparked concern among her fanbase that she was in danger, or wasn’t well. People across social media have theorised that she may be in the company of an abusive boyfriend, been kidnapped or engaging in excessive drug use. The Twitter hashtag #SaveMarinaJoyce has been used by fans to express their worry and theories as to what's actually going on.

She’s since reassured fans on Twitter that she was "feeling very good today". She said: "Im (sic) TOTALLY fine guys, i am feeling very good today and its actually so heartwarming to see so many people care about me."

In the most recent example, a video titled ‘Date Outfit Ideas’ from July 22, Joyce appears to whisper “help me” – although it's difficult to hear. Large bruises on the back of her arms are also visible as she twirls in a selection of clothes, and she frequently looks off camera as if being prompted. As commenters on the video point out, it looks like the person filming is holding a script for Joyce to read, something she never usually does in her off-the-cuff uploads. Many have also been concerned about a supposedly significant personality change. 

Older videos have also shown signs of strange behaviour from the young woman, as a justpaste.it blog deconstructs. In her ‘Every Day Makeup Tutorial’ video, the blog points out a rifle is propped against her dresser (though let's be honest, it's probably fake). When movement can be heard outside, she quickly shifts and talks faster. The blog also details that Marina Joyce seems to have lost a significant amount of weight. 

Fans across her social media channels had asked for a response from the vlogger, who has opened up about personal issues in videos before, like her ‘NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE’ post back in February. Joyce had refuted past claims she was using drugs, stating she was “completely sober”.

People watching her videos over the past few months have frequently asked her to draw a heart on her body or give some kind of subliminal message to let them know if she was in danger. Though this hasn’t happened, she’s since worn a heart necklace and make a heart sign with her hands in videos, prompting more panic.

Speaking on her Twitter account in the early hours of the morning, Joyce asked fans to gather in Bethnal Green, east London, at 6.30am today.

She tweeted: "Meet me Bethnal Green at 6:30am if you would like to join partying with me at that event ^-^ bring a friend so you dont get lost."

An earlier tweet also related: “If you want to PARTTEEEYY with me? Tweet me now if you wanna party with me :D ill put details out for where to meet soon for the day.”

A Periscope livestream supposedly from the area called 'Live from Bethnal Green #savemarinajoyce' showed a blank screen with strange banging in the background.

Scores of fans on Twitter urged others not to attend the meet up in the “rough” area, with some using the World War 2 Blitz as an example of Bethnal Green’s “dangerous” image. Some people have put forward the idea she’d been kidnapped by ISIS too.

According to the BBC, the Met Police visited her this morning. A spokesperson said: "Officers have visited YouTube user Marina Joyce. She is safe and well."

Fellow social media star Daz Black claimed he had spoken to Marina and said: “I have just spoken with Marina Joyce. Do not worry guys she is not in any danger and I'm even meeting up with her to collab and chat.

“I need you all to trust me ;) Would Daz ever let anyone come to harm? No he wouldn't. I see someone in trouble and i help right away.

“After talking to her i have spoke with police and it is now being investigated. I want to make sure 100% shes okay as you guys do.”

But Black later added: “Please do not go to Marinas (sic) meet up! Stay well clear and do not got to this meet up. Let police handle this.”

Fans online have said they visited Bethnal Green despite warnings, to find Joyce nowhere in sight. However, others have since pointed out that she had been referring to a morning rave at Oval Space club in east London, rather than anything more sinister.

Adding to the mass panic has been a particularly distasteful community post on BuzzFeed, clearly false and since deleted by the site, which reported the 'breaking news' that a body found at Bethnal Green was Joyce.

Marina Joyce has since hosted a livestream to explain the situation at hand. She said: “Stop assuming stuff, I am ok guys”. 

Joyce then added: “Thank you so much for caring about me.” She also asserted again that she was not using drugs, nor had she been held captive. A friend rang the YouTuber during her session to ask whether she was okay. 

When asked about the bruises by fans commenting on her livestream, she said: “I don't have the bruises any more. It was a really sad story but I can't really explain the bruises because the story was a sad one.”

Since the video, fans have come out to support the YouTube star. Others however, have been critical. “Why aren’t you being more serious about this? You’re telling people to follow you on Instagram after they’re asking if you’re being held captive,” one user asserted on Facebook.

“I don’t need to…” she replied.

The 40-minute livestream was watched by over 42,000 people. 

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