Like many people, Nick Horton is excited about starting fresh in a new year and getting the chance to put the past behind him. The musical.ly star is especially looking forward to what 2017 will bring because he no longer is hiding something that’s been weighing heavy on his heart for years — his sexuality.
“I’m just tired of living my life as a lie. I want to be true to myself and more importantly you guys,” he said in a recent YouTube video. “So therefore, I wanted to let you guys know that I’m gay. I can’t apologize for being myself, but I just want to say sorry that I didn’t tell you guys sooner. I was very worried about what you guys would think of me and I don’t want you guys to hate me at all; that is my worst fear in the world.”
While the 17-year-old was obviously anxious about opening up to his social media followers about liking boys, he says telling his parents was the “craziest thing” he ever had to do because he was scared they “weren’t going to love [him] the way they used to.” Fortunately, Nick’s mom and dad were “completely fine with it” and were proud of him for being honest.
Nick “never wanted to be gay,” but after he broke up with his girlfriend in 6th grade he slowly started to accept his sexuality and eventually got to a point where he’s comfortable being himself.
“Don’t let anyone tell you who you can or can’t be with. It’s your life and it’s your decision,” he emotionally concluded.
Six of your favorite YouTubers came out as gay in 2016 alone
At the end of 2013, the 24-year-old told followers she was a transgender woman and would be going through all the steps to become the person she was meant to be from the beginning. Less than three years later, Gigi posted another coming-out video, this time telling fans about her sexuality.
"I fell in love with somebody, and that person happens to be female. It's been killing me inside, every single day, and I'm so happy I'm finally sitting down and talking to you guys and letting you guys know from this point forward, I am a lesbian," she said in the vid posted in September 2016.
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While Trisha has always been open about being attracted to women, she never officially came out as part of the LGBTQ+ community until after she and Sean Van Der Wilt broke up.
"[This is] something that I've always been. I always thought that I was bisexual, but now I'm realizing that I'm actually gay," she recently revealed. "I think back to all my relationships with women and I have never had the insecurity and self-doubt and worthlessness feel I've had when I've been with guys in a relationship. Guys don't disgust me, [but] I'm just not attracted sexually to them.
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In the span of a 7-minute video, Sam revealed that he was gay, in a serious relationship, and planning on getting hitched very soon. A day later, he and Casey Breves tied the knot. Talk about throwing a lot of information out there! Here's how he broke the news to his subscribers:
"I am in a relationship, and have been for quite some time, with someone that I only recently started doing a bunch of YouTube videos with. He's an amazing singer; a lot of you probably already know who he is — the talented and very handsome Casey Breves. Now, some of you may have already known this, or a lot of you have kinda just figured it out, but to some of you this might be a bit of a surprise. And given that this is a coming-out video of a sort, I want to say and say very clearly that waiting to tell you guys about this does not mean that I am or was ashamed of anything. I am incredibly proud of who I am and very proud of my relationship with Casey, because he's amazing."
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Unlike the rest of the YouTubers on this list, Ryan came out as gay via Instagram, not YouTube.
"Proud to be a raging homosexual," he captioned a picture of a 'gay power' balloon. "It's taken 20 years of suffocating in the closet for me to become comfortable enough to say it, but now I can finally breathe. I did it!" WOOOOOO!
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This teenage musical.ly and YouTube star said he spent his whole life trying "to hide [his sexuality], to ignore it, to bite [his] tongue and brainwash [himself] into thinking [he] likes girls." But while that method worked for a bit, was finally "done hiding" and told his fans the truth at the beginning of October.
I can't live another day hiding this anymore, so I need to tell you guys something that I have been keeping to myself for a very long time," he emotionally said in the coming-out video. "I have cried hundreds, even thousands [of times] over this. Now, especially, I just need to come out and say it — I'm gay."
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The 28th annual National Coming Out Day was definitely a memorable one for this teenage Internet star. A day after the holiday, the 18-year-old posted a video to YouTube in which he told his fans he is gay.
" I think I knew I was gay by the time I was 12, but from then to 17 I never accepted it. I would just deny it every time it came to my head."
After years of denial, Jackson was able to admit his sexuality to himself about a year ago and finally felt comfortable telling subscribers the truth in 2016.
"If anyone out there is going through the same thing, I just want to let you know that it's okay," he concluded the video. "You are amazing the way you are. Don't change yourself for anybody else. Be you."
Photo: Instagram (@jackson_krecioch)