Beauty Youtuber NikkieTutorials, real name Nikkie de Jager, came out as transgender to her 13 million subscribers in a Jan. 13 video.
De Jager, 25, said someone tried to blackmail her, and while she meant to come out to her followers on her own time, that luxury was taken away from her. She said she knew she was a girl since she was a baby, and had “fully” transitioned by the time she was 19 (five years into her Youtube career). Her coming out video was met with support from her fans, and de Jager tweeted her appreciation two days after the video aired.
“I’ll never be able to put into words what these last few days have been like. thank you for accepting me and teaching me that on the other side of fear lies freedom,” de Jager wrote on Twitter. “I love you so unconditionally, always.”
De Jager’s video, titled “I’m Coming Out.” received over 30 million views.