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Tragic Details About Dream

If you like watching people play "Minecraft," chances are you're at least familiar with the YouTuber known as Dream. Like fellow content creator Corpse Husband, he is well known as a streamer who simply won't show his face to fans. Despite any rumors you may have heard regarding a recent face reveal, his true identity is a total mystery. In spite of his elusive appearance (or perhaps because of it), Dream has managed to establish a large following since he began creating "Minecraft"-related content.

Even though Dream has had quite a lucrative career as a YouTube gamer, success isn't everything. You cannot simply measure a person's well-being by their wealth or their resumé. No matter how much you might envy a public figure, it's not all sunshine and roses in the world of streaming celebrities. Dream has had his share of dark times, but some of them might be more well-known than others.

Dream once got doxxed

The idea of getting doxxed is scary enough for any person who streams. Just imagine how much worse it would be for someone who has gone through great efforts to protect their identity.

It seemed safe enough; Dream shared a photo of his kitchen on social media, and apparently that was all it took for the craftiest of internet dwellers to uncover his home address. While the image in question has since been deleted, along with the account under which it was posted, the incident was documented by concerned fans on Twitter. Luckily, he managed to avoid having any other personal details slip through the cracks, though it's scary to think how little was needed to dig up such sensitive information. The Twitter account that originally posted Dream's home address has reportedly been deactivated.

After his doxxing incident, Dream made a statement on TwitLonger to explain what happened. Allegedly, his location was found "by a group of individuals in an attempt to harass and 'expose' [him]." Dream also revealed these individuals uncovered more than just his home address. "This group of people attempted to release information about my family, about me, and about my friends," said Dream.

This whole occurrence had to have been pretty upsetting, and there's a good chance it's still on his mind. Dream has already taken extra measures to keep his personal life private, but now he has to do even more to make sure eager viewers don't find him in real life.

Dream was involved in a cheating scandal

When you're in the public eye, you stand to face the criticism and judgment of millions upon millions of people around the world. When Dream was involved in a "Minecraft" speedrun cheating scandal, and not only was his record denied, but it set off a chain reaction of ill will his way. And according to the streamer, it was all the result of an honest mistake.

When he sent his speedrun attempt to SpeedRun.com, it was rejected after a thorough investigation deemed it invalid due to mod enhancements. This caught him off-guard, leading to a bitter exchange between him and the verification team. He challenged their ruling, going so far as to seek outside help to prove his submission was legitimate. Unfortunately, Dream eventually realized the truth about his speedrun and had to come clean to his fans. It turns out he had cheated, though he didn't realize it until well after the fact.

According to a document that was saved to Pastebin, Dream had a "recording mod" for his videos that boosted certain item drop rates, but he didn't realize that it was still active during his run. After this realization, he apologized to everyone involved, explaining that he "felt complete fear, as [he] felt like [he] had been publicly smeared in a way that [he had] no clue how to respond to." Not only did the scandal make him look bad for cheating (albeit accidentally), but the resulting arguments left him feeling quite embarrassed.

Dream dealt with depression when he was young

It's not always easy to share your personal struggles with others, especially in a public setting. In June 2021, Dream had a very revealing interview with Anthony Padilla, during which he opened up about some of the sadness he felt during his childhood.

The YouTube star explained that he experienced depression at a young age, which is partly what inspired his smiling avatar. He spoke of wearing a mask while playing "Minecraft," which allowed him to feel like a different person. 

He even turned to writing and performing music as a way to express some of the sorrow he felt growing up. The lyrics for the song "Mask" offer some deeper insight into that emotional turmoil, which he may still cope with today. When he sings "Always bein' judged by a bunch of strangе faces," it's easy to imagine that he feels this way when putting content out into the world as a YouTuber. 

Whether or not this is something he continues to experience, he does seem happier with where he's currently at in life, despite the other hardships that come with internet fame.