NikkieTutorials says she was blackmailed into coming out as trans

YouTube Star Nikkie 'NikkieTutorials' de Jager Comes Out as Transgender in Candid Video

After Blackmail Threat, Makeup Guru NikkieTutorials Comes Out As Trans

"I am NikkieTutorials and I am Nikkie", she continued.

The 25-year-old makeup artist goes on to explain how she was blackmailed by someone who'd learned about her life pre-transition and threatened to leak her story to the press.

Nikkie has already transitioned into the person she has always felt to be, starting the process when she was 7-years-old.

"I want to start the year off with the truth, I want to start the year off by finally revealing a part of my life that has made me who I am". "I'm so sorry, Nikkie, that you went through that, but I applaud how you handled it". "It's so surreal to say this".

"Filming this video scary, but it's so liberating and freeing", she said at the beginning of the video. "I have wanted to share this side of me with you all for so long, but I have never been able to determine the moment".

She thanked her mother for being her biggest supporter. "I think it's fantastic and us women should stick together". "This world needs us", she said.

She said that by age six - with her parents' support - she began growing her hair out and by age seven or eight wore only female clothing.

The social media star - who has 12.4 million subscribers on YouTube and 12.9 million followers on Instagram - posted a video on Monday revealing that she is transgender. Although she says that her family and teachers were supportive, the experience was hard. Nonetheless on the end of the day, I'm me. "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".

Nikkie said that when her mom was pregnant with her she thought she was having a girl and was surprised when she eventually gave birth to a boy. "Since I know folks will ask, yes I have completely transitioned from the time that I had been 14". "I started my channel back in the days where I still got really really bullied for all of this, and this was my way out". The civil rights agency added that no one should ever be forced to come out. "Period. Coming out is a personal thing, and you do not get to decide that for someone else", she wrote on Twitter. Followers know the love birds acquired engaged over the summer time season, when Dylan proposed to de Jager all through a romantic journey to Italy.

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