She posted the video called "I'm coming out" on YouTube late on Monday, which by Tuesday afternoon (local time) had been viewed more than 16.5 million times. Not one to negotiate with bullies, the YouTube star made a decision to take back her power and come out on her channel.
De Jager explained that she wanted to come out on her own terms but that the opportunity was taken from her.
Nikkie said she wanted to start 2020 with the truth. Nikkie continued,"As a result of men and women who attempted to blackmail me thought they could mess my life up with this, this one is for you". "It's so surreal to say this".
"Filming this scary video is so liberating and liberating", said NikkieTutorials, whose real name is Nikkie De Jager. "I've been looking forward to sharing this side of me with all of you for so long, but I could never understand the moment".
The YouTuber touched on knowing she was a girl since as early as she can remember and thanked her mother for a lifetime of support, tears welling in her eyes.
"Dylan and I, we clicked".
In the video, she revealed that she had always felt like a girl, began wearing dresses when she was age 7 or 8, and started taking hormones at around age 14.
Watch De Jager's coming-out video below-though fair warning, you might want to grab some tissues. Nikkie's story is as unique as she is, with her YouTube audience literally seeing her journey unfold as she completed her transition into a woman and later a boss lady all through her videos. "At the end of the day, on my channel, my No. 1 passion is the power of makeup".
"By the time I was 19, I fully transitioned", she said. Nikkie said that one of the reasons why she didn't reveal she was transgender sooner was because she "wanted my channel to be about my art".
Worldwide beauty YouTuber, NikkieTutorials, has over 25 million followers on YouTube and Instagram combined. "And I get to be me, finally". I hope by me standing up and being free that it inspires others to do the same. "I am free, and today I get to be me", she said.
Jinkx Monsoon, a American Drag performer and former RuPaul's Drag Race victor congratulated De Jager in a tweet. The civil rights agency added that no one should ever be forced to come out. She boldly raised her middle finger towards them, quipping "I hope you sit nice on it!"