YouTube star NikkieTutorials comes out as transgender after blackmail attempt
YouTube star NikkieTutorials has come out as a transgender woman after a group of people allegedly “blackmailed” her and threatened to leak the story to the press.
“When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body which means I am transgender,” the Dutch beauty vlogger, whose real name is Nikkie de Jager, said in a 17-minute YouTube video Monday titled “I’m Coming Out.”
De Jager revealed in the video that she started identifying as a girl at the age of 6. She said she began hormone therapy when she was 14 years old then “fully transitioned” around five years later.
“Growing up, I think the hardest part was meeting new people and getting close to them and telling them a side to your life that you don’t even want to talk about because you hate that part of your life,” she said.
She said she didn’t reveal that she was transgender to her 12.4 million YouTube subscribers earlier because she “wanted my channel to be about my art.”
But she said a recent blackmail attempt forced her hand.
“I have been blackmailed by people who wanted to leak my story to the press,” de Jager said. “At first, it was frightening. It was frightening to know there were people out there that are so evil that they can’t respect someone’s true identity.”
She never reveals the identities of the alleged blackmailers in the clip, but does send a message to them by raising her middle finger.
“It is vile and it is gross,” she said.
“They said they wanted to leak it because they said I am lying or I don’t want people to know my truth. Or because they feel I am too scared to know who I truly am. I’m not scared.”
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