(( Admin note: This article originated around 2013/2014 (way before this site's launch), back then it was typical for people to call Lainey by her real name, Taylor. Also, at the time, Lainey did not just go by they/then pronouns online like they do now. The article may be changed in the future to say "Lainey" instead of "Taylor", but at this point, it is too difficult to re-write the whole article around they/them pronouns. For consistency sake, the rest of the site will refer to Lainey as "she/her". Lainey has stated in October 2016 they are "comfy" with any pronouns. (Source) ))
Early RelationshipShane Dawson uploaded the video of them kissing. The video was released August 6, 2011, so Taylor would have been 16 at the time.
Later that year, when Greg began having relationship issues with his then fiance, Taylor began fangirl tweeting him almost daily for a few months until he eventually contacted her.
On October 21st, Taylor tweeted a list of 6 celebrities and YouTube personalities she would marry. Onision was number 3. The next day he replied to her, "thats sweet of you to say~". She replied, "@Onision :D thank you for replying! That made my day :)" This was most likely their first conversation. (It is very common for Greg to respond with short tweets to fans.) She tweeted at him 3 more times until she began to start telling him she loved him over Twitter. October 29, 2011: "@Onision I will always love you. No matter what." November 13, 2011: "I wanted to chat with @Onision but it won't let me log in on my phone :((( I love you Greg!" This was most likely about a Live Stream he had on his YouTube channel with his viewers.
On December 14, 2011, Greg announced one of his break-ups with Shiloh through Twitter. He apologized for not listening to everyone that told him not to get back together with her. Taylor replied, "@Onision you shouldn't be apologizing. It shouldn't be a bad thing that you have such a big heart. Don't ever change. I love you <3". "@Onision I love you. Stay strong. I'm always here for you if you need someone." On December 20th, Taylor asks Greg to Skype: "@Onision ugh, I just love you :) haha. I wanna Skype sometime!" When Greg suggested his fans go vegetarian for their new years resolution, Taylor replied "exactly what I'm doing." She tweeted him a total of 20 times in December 2011.
January 1, 2012: "My #2012 wish is for @Onision to be a big part of my year." She then tweeted a screen shot of her phone, revealing an image of Greg was her phone background. "I think @Onision should get on some form of chat so that I can chat with him :D" She tweeted at him a total of 5 times that day. On the 3rd, Greg replied a second time to her. His tweet was almost identical to his first one.
She tweeted at Onision 27 times in January. On January 9th she was worried about not tweeting him, "I haven't tweeted @Onision in like two days :(". She tweeted him twice the day before. By this time they were not talking yet. Jan 12: "@Onision sometimes I feel like I miss you even though we've never met or talked. It's odd. :/" (Source)
The nearly daily tweets ended on February 15th. This "Taylor" Twitter account was eventually deleted and was replaced by LaineyBot.
At some point during Taylor's fan-girl tweeting, Greg followed her and they began casually talking over text.Source) It is believed this conversation shows that Taylor would watch Onision's Twitter feed and wait for him to tweet so that when she tweets him, he would be more likely to see it.
On February 1, 2012, Greg and Shiloh break-up for the last time.
The next screen shot is Greg's first direct message to Taylor on February 12, 2012. He asks "You really think you're my soulmate?" "If so... what makes you feel this way?". This was most likely a reply to a short Twitter conversation they had that same day. He tweets, "Soulmate... where are you?" She replied "here." (Source) When talking about this moment in 2015, Greg says "I was already following this girl on twitter and I think we texted a few times prior, so it was extra meaningful to me." ($ource)
The next screen shot was Taylor and Greg's first text conversation, which is not dated. We can see Greg flirting with her, telling her he would hug her the whole time when she got to Washington to keep her warm because she had never been exposed to cold weather before. (Source) This shows they were planning on meeting up early on.
The last 3 screen shots were conversations with her friend. The earliest was dated February 13, 2012. In it Taylor says she "needs Gregory". Taylor and her friend joke about kidnapping him and the friend's boyfriend to spend time with them in romantic Paris. (Source) The next day is when the next screen shot takes place. In it, Taylor questions if Greg loves her and wishes he would just tell her. (Source) The last was dated February 23, 2012. Taylor says Greg told her he wants to avoid her because he doesn't want to risk falling for her. She is confused by his mixed messages. The next day she tells her friend to call her and that she has a lot to tell her. (Source)
Greg and Taylor began dating on February 27, 2012. (Source) Taylor was 17 and Greg was 26 at this time. Greg now says Taylor had originally lied about her age, claiming to be 18 when they began talking. ($ource)
In early March 2012, Greg began wearing a ring. (Source) When asked about the ring, he seemed proud to say that he had been keeping his life private. (Source) Around that time, Taylor began showing off an engagement ring in her Twitter selfies. In 2015, Greg revealed he proposed to Taylor before ever meeting her in person by telling her, "you know I'm going to marry you, right?" over Skype. He gave her the ring when they met in person for the first time. ($ource)Taylor says they met in person for the first time on March 8, 2012. (Source)
Viewers also began to notice Greg had begun filming in a new location that was not his Washington home. Soon, it was found out that Greg was renting a home in New Mexico. It turns out he was in New Mexico to be with Taylor while she finished up High School. Some speculated they were keeping their relationship a secret due to the immense amount of criticism he received in the past for dating a teenager.
Taylor continued to post vague references to Greg and posted images where she and Greg's reflection can be seen. Greg seemed to be making similarly careless mistakes as well. One example is when he posted a full page screen shot of YouTube, but Taylor's Twitter can be seen in his bookmark toolbar. (Source)
There were two more major sightings of Taylor and Greg before his reveal of her to his fans. On July 18th, an image of Taylor and Greg was taken from her private Twitter and spread on Tumblr. She soon deleted it and began to be more careful (such as using reflections). The second sighting was on September 16, 2012. Taylor can be seen in the background of Cyr's video "Going Away...". It seems that Cyr came to New Mexico to make videos with Greg and they played mini golf together with Taylor. (Source)
On October 22, 2012, 6 days after Taylor turned 18, Greg announced his new girlfriend with an Instagram image of them kissing. A month later, Taylor appeared in her first Onision video. ($ource) She does not appear in many due to her dislike for being filmed. (Source)
LaineyBotTwitter, Instagram and Tumblr. Taylor says Greg gave her the nickname Lainey. (Source) It is most likely a nickname for her middle name, Elaine.
Taylor sent mixed messages about if she preferred being called Lainey or Taylor. At first, she said she didn't mind being called either and couldn't decide which she should go by. By 2013, she would get upset when people called her Taylor on her Tumblr. She said she never liked the name Taylor because it is unisex. (Source) It was later revealed at this time, her close friends and family would still call her Taylor on her Twitter and personal Facebook, including new additions to her family like Greg's mother. Some think she pushed being called Lainey online to keep her online persona separate from her real life.
In October 2012, Taylor was thinking about changing her username to LaineyBug. (Source) This is thought to be inspired by Shane Dawson's then girlfriend, LisaBug. The month before, Taylor listed Shane Dawson as one of her favorite YouTubers. (Source) She did not make the switch because LaineyBug was already taken.
TattoosSource) Later that day, she posted a picture of her new "27" hip tattoo to instagram. She and Greg got matching "27" tattoos, most likely for the day they started dating, February 27, 2012.
On March 27, 2013, Onision uploaded "ONISION'S NEW TATTOO" to his speaks channel. He showed off his fresh touch-up on his "27" hip tattoo and he and Taylor's new matching "14" ankle tattoos. ($ource) This is most likely for the day they were married, November 14, 2012. Taylor's 4 is pink and Greg's is blue.
Greg and Taylor were married through the New Mexico court system on November 14, 2012. (Source) They did not announce their marriage and they did not have a wedding until the next year.
A week after their secret marriage, an angry ex-friend of Taylor's went to Tumblr to reveal what has been going on between Greg and Taylor. They later posted screen shots of their Skype conversations with Taylor to back up their claims.
According to Taylor's ex-friend, Taylor and Greg began talking after Greg noticed the immense amounts of tweets she sent him. They began talking over Skype and began dating a week after he and Shiloh were over. Greg rented a home, so that he could be near Taylor. He moved back to Washington because they decided they should not see each other for 4 to 5 months until Taylor starts college. When she started, they rented an apartment and she planned to finish her semester, then move back to Washington in December. The ex-friend claims at the time of writing her blog post, Taylor's parents did not know she was married to Greg and living with him. They believed she was living in her college dorm. They also did not know she was planning on moving back to Washington with him and that she planned to travel around the world with Greg on Digitour while taking online classes. They also did not know that Taylor and Greg legally changed their last names.
The ex-friend goes on to explain issues she's been having with Taylor over lies she's told and her struggle to balance friends and her new found internet popularity. She also mentions that she believes Taylor is suffering from an eating disorder. (Source)
According to the Skype chat logs, it appears that Greg and Taylor decided to take time apart because Taylor's dad did not agree with their relationship. Taylor complains that he says it's illegal, but she says Greg is speaking to his lawyer to make sure it is legal. She says she couldn't go back to Greg's place (most likely the house he rented) because her parents would not let her. (Source) Taylor also talks about how Greg was asked to host DigiTour. She says worked everything out (college) so that she could travel with him. She says it's a big opportunity for Greg, but her parents will kill her. In the chat, Taylor announces she will be married in 16 days and that her parents know nothing about it. She says they will have a wedding in the summer of 2013. She also announces she and Greg will be moving back to Washington in December. (Source) Taylor also spoke about Adrienne, complaining that she only was with Greg for 2 to 3 days compared to the months she had spent with him. She says Greg had never done any of the things Adrienne spoke about to her. (Source)
In another group of chat logs, Taylor talks about her weight loss. She talks about never feeling satisfied, even though she's been reaching her goals. Her friend explains to her that it sounds like the beginning of an eating disorder. She says that she hasn't eaten over 1,000 calories in a long time and that day she had only eaten 50. Taylor talks about feeling guilty that she's not "the best" for him. She says she feel inferior. (Source) At the time, Taylor spoke a lot about her weight loss and goals on Twitter. She also would occasionally express how unhappy she was and tweet about crying. (Source) Some followers became increasingly worried that she might have been in the beginning stages of an eating disorder. It was also found that she submitted a photo of her collar bones to a thinspo blog. Worried followers tried to reach out to her, but she always denied ever having a problem.
In a 2015 YouNow live-stream, Taylor confirmed that this individual was a friend that revealed her secrets.
Bisexuality DenialSource) When her bisexuality was brought up, Taylor would deny ever coming out as bisexual. (Source)
It was speculated Taylor denied her bisexuality because it was a common belief at the time that Greg did not trust bisexuals in relationships. This was due to a 2012 video where he yelled about how bisexual girls he had dated cheated on him. ($ource) Also, in a 2011 leaked email, Greg's ex Adrienne claimed Greg got mad at her after she made a status about receiving a massage from another woman. "He told me that because I am bisexual, that by nature I am inclined to be promiscuous and that I shouldn’t let anyone but him touch me. That because I am bisexual, I cannot be trusted — that I have been inappropriate with a member of one of the sexes I am attracted to".
Greg replied to a tumblr anon asking about the teenspot profile by saying Taylor could be whatever she wants to be and he denied saying "all bisexuals cheat". He included the tags "lol, silly, whatever". (Soruce)
Taylor and Greg have not directly acknowledged the existence of this profile. Since Taylor came out as bi in 2015, she and Greg say he was the one that encouraged her to come out as bi and never mention any previous coming out during high school.
After word began to spread of Taylor and Greg's secret marriage, a letter was sent to Taylor's parents around April 2013. The letter informed them Taylor was now married and warned them about how they believed Greg was dangerous. This caused a string of angry videos from Greg accusing a specific YouTuber of being the Snail Mail Stalker, and saying that Taylor's parents were creeped out by the whole situation.
Because of these videos, many viewers got the impression Taylor's family were right away on Greg's side and got along with him. Although, within the next few years Greg would reveal this was not exactly the case.
On October 10, 2015, Greg uploaded "Draw My Wife (Onision's Relationship Story)" to his main channel. In the video, Greg talks about how he became married to Taylor, but mainly focused the video on a family member of Taylor's he refers to as "Mr. Grump". He described how upset Mr. Grump, who is assumed to be Taylor's biological father, was when he found out his teenage daughter was engaged to Greg. Greg says Mr. Grump tried different ways of separating Taylor and Greg such as threatened Greg and claiming their relationship was illegal. Greg says he no longer associates with Mr. Grump because Mr. Grump joked about stealing their child. Greg also revealed private family issues to sway viewers that were sympathizing with Mr. Grump. ($ource) In April 2015, it seemed Greg was trying to convince Taylor to stop associating with her father. He indirectly called her "immoral" on twitter for associating with someone that threatened her significant other. (source)
Greg has also shown friction with his in-laws when he lashed out multiple times at other specific in-laws over his public Facebook fan-page, which has over 700,000 followers. An example of this is when he attacked certain members of Taylor's family for being pro-circumcision. Another example is when Greg ranted about how horrible he thinks a specific younger member of Taylor's family is and revealed a lot of private information that he heard them tell Taylor. Greg is also known to poke fun at his in-laws religious beliefs.
Two instances of Greg publicly shaming specific in-laws.
After going back and forth on the matter, Greg and Taylor decided to keep their child off of the internet. For the first year, Taylor would talk about their child on social media and answer fans questions fans asked about him such as his appearance and her parenting decisions. Lately, Taylor only brings him up vaguely when talking about breastfeeding in public. Greg consistently kept quiet about the child, only occasionally mentioning he is a parent in jokes and during arguments/rants criticizing other parents.
It is speculated Greg and Taylor had a second child in the autumn of 2016, but neither has confirmed or denied this.
Online CareerFacebook fanpage, Younow, and a Laineybot YouTube account. She did not use her YouTube until later in 2015, when she began uploading challenge videos and re-uploads of Greg's comedy videos that she was in that were previously on his channels. The channel now consists mostly of videos of her and Greg sitting and asking each other questions. Many fans of the channel have commented that Taylor seems uncomfortable and/or quiet when filing with Greg and many have expressed they prefer videos she filmed with friends. (Source) The Laineybot channel currently has almost 300,000 subscribers.
It is a popular theory that Greg runs the Laineybot channel. This is mainly due to the style of writing in the videos, the video descriptions and the video titles. It seems more like Greg's writing. Also, it almost always refers to Taylor as "wife" or "girlfriend" and uses "she/her" pronouns, even though Taylor identifies as agender and prefers they/them pronouns. Greg did not begin using these pronouns and referring to Taylor as his "significant other" (rather than "wife") until late 2016, but he does not do it consistently.
Taylor broadcasted on Younow to talk with fans all throughout 2015. She became partnered on the site and began to receive donations from fans. She abruptly stopped broadcasting and did not use Younow for a year and a half. (Source) One of her last broadcasts featured Greg after many fans requested he come on. Taylor and Greg fought throughout the broadcast and Greg made mocked fans and anyone that donated. He stated he did not like Younow because it was like begging for money and Taylor asks "why do you ruin everything I do?" After the broadcast, Taylor explained to viewers this is why he does not come on the broadcast and that's how he is most of the time. (Source - I have it in my files, need to upload) Greg came on her broadcast a second time to advertise his book This Is Why I Hate You. (Source - same)
In early 2017, Greg began using Taylor's Younow to host debates and a broadcast with his fans. He explains he did this to help Lainey financially so she could be financially independent if she wants to divorce him. (Source) This is something he expressed two weeks before the broadcast on twitter. (Source)
Unlike any other of Greg's relationships, Greg and Taylor get into heated fights publicly on twitter. This began a few years into their relationship. One of the more infamous instances was a fight triggered when Taylor expressed excitement when a member of one of her favorite bands tweeted her. Greg became upset because this individual had blocked him on twitter and he believed because Taylor did not dislike someone that disliked him, she was not being loyal. (Source)
Taylor and Greg will also vent tweet after a private fight between them. Taylor would usually vaguely or bluntly complain about something Greg said or did and Greg will tweet about how he is not deserving of his wife because she is too good for him. Sometimes he will talk about how he is verbally or emotionally abusive. (Source) Once during one of these vent tweets sessions, Lainey revealed Greg told her he did not want to be married to her anymore. (Source) Occasionally, Greg will upload a video soon afterword to explain the private details of what happened between them.
At some point after, Greg announced that he is allowing Taylor to date girls. Taylor began contacting girls through twitter as potential girlfriends.
Brief Break Ups
- In the early years of their relationship, Taylor and Greg would pretend they're splitting up on social media to create fake drama. He mentions this in one of his FAQ's. (Source)
- Greg and Taylor like to round up by year when talking about how long they had known each other or how long they had been married.
- In the first few years of being in the public eye, Taylor would often "abandon" her social media accounts when she gets frustrated with negative responses to her tweets. She would always return. The shortest absence was less than a day, the longest was a little over 2 months.
- Onision never toured with DigiTour and there are no online records of him ever being on the official 2012 line-up.
- Taylor revealed she and Greg were in a long distance relationship from June to August 2012. (Source) This is probably when they were laying low from her biological father, who was upset a 26-year-old man from the internet was engaged to his 17-year-old high school student daughter.
|Pre-YouTube Era||Christina • Shiree • Tashina • Tanya • Minor Exes|
|Skye Era (2005 - 2010)||Skye - Alimony|
|Shiloh Era (2010 - 2012)||Shiloh - Shiloh Forgot Me • Shiloh Threatened Me • The Truth (Video) • Rogue • Sepsis|
|Lainey Solo Era (2012 - 2016)||Lainey - Snail Mail Stalker|
|"Trinity" Era (2016 - ongoing)||Billie - Cuddlegate • The Trinity • Basementgate|