YouTube personality Connor Franta, 22, who has more than 3.6m subscribers and more than 156 million views, published a video on Dec. 8 to tell his fans that he is gay, saying he has accepted who he is and is ‘happy with that person’. In a video called, "Coming Out," Franta explains his struggle with accepting his sexuality over the years and deciding how he should tell his world.
"I was tired of running. I was tired of hiding. I just want to be me and not be afraid."
Franta said he first thought he might be gay when he was 12, but was “terrified” because he was from the Midwest and that was “not a normal thing there”. He dated girls in high school, but said he “felt nothing”, and even became depressed as a result of hiding his feelings.
“I thought about it so much that I became obsessed with it … and became depressed.”
Connor once made a video called "I'm not gay" (which actually was about a million other things, but at one point he talks about liking the movie Bridesmaids and a big arrow pops up pointing at him that said "not gay" - he seemed to feel the need to clarify since it sounded like a "chick flick" but Bridesmaids is like the furthest thing from a chick flick ever and watching a chick flick doesn't make you gay...but I digress). The point is he's grown from the old days.
He sought advice from other vloggers and bloggers ultimately deciding he wanted to give support and advice to his viewers, too:
“You are who you are and you should love that person."