"Today I am taking back my own power and I have to tell you something", the Dutch blogger announces in her 17-minute video titled "I'm Coming Out". "Growing up, I think the No. 1 thing I'm the most thankful for is my mom - love you, Mom - because she has been there for me since day one", de Jager said. "At the point where I told him my full story, of course he was shocked, but that is a private matter that we're dealing with and that I'm so proud of that we're able to deal with", she said.
"Planet Earth is full of labels, and I never felt comfortable with labels".
She continues to explain that she always wanted to be her own person - without any labels. "And with this message, I want to inspire little Nikkies around the world who feel insecure, who feel out of place, who feel misunderstood", she said.
"At the end of the day, my story is handsome", she said.
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Next, de Jager touched on her relationship with fiance, Dylan (who proposed to the YouTube star during a trip to Italy over the summer) telling fans that she "wished she told him sooner" but that they are handling matters privately.
She added, "I am NikkieTutorials. I transitioned while on YouTube", she explained. But today, she's had to get more personal than she'd like. Dylan and I - we clicked.
De Jager explained that she wanted to come out on her own terms but that the opportunity was taken from her. "Filming this video is scary but it feels so liberating and freeing", de Jager said in the 17-minute clip, which garnered almost half a million views and over 62,000 comments in about an hour. This world needs us. "Saying that right now sounds so insane to me because I have literally grown up and transformed into me in front of all of you". I am Nikkie Tutorials, and I am Nikkie. She added that she has lived her life as a girl since the age of 6, began hormone replacement therapy at age 14, and completed her medical transition by age 19.
As for the timing of the decision to reveal the news today, the YouTuber said it wasn't entirely of her own choosing. Instead, she took the initiative by stepping out of her comfort zone to take control of her story.
She talked about the "evil" people who blackmailed her and threatened to leak the story. And I know you are watching this. It is vile and it is gross.