YouTuber Nikki Tutorials reveals she's transgender after alleged blackmail

Brenda Watkins
January 14, 2020

Nikkie de Jager, a YouTube star better known as by her online persona NikkieTutorials, uploaded a very personal message to her fans on Monday revealing she is transgender. Not one to negotiate with bullies, the YouTube star chose to take back her power and come out on her channel. Everything felt so magical, so good, that I was afraid to lose him if I were to tell my full story. "I wanted to be my own person, my own identity, my own human being without any rules, without any labels, without any restrictions", she said. "The last thing I want in my life is for you to not trust me anymore, or to look at me with different eyes, or look at me in a different manner, or think that I have changed". "But I, at the end of the day, am still Nikkie and nothing changes about that".

The makeup maven also revealed she shared her truth with her fiancé, Dylan, and that the couple - who have largely kept their relationship private and off of the socials - were working through it privately.

De Jager says that she started her transition when she was 6 years old. "I just always wanted to do that under my conditions but apparently we live in a world where other people hate on people that are truly themselves". She explained: "I've always wanted to share this side of my story with you". I am Nikkie Tutorials, and I am Nikkie.

"I am free, and today I get to be me", she said. Although she says that her family and teachers were supportive, the experience was hard. She started on hormone therapy at 14 and made her full transition aged 19 - her transition in progress all while filming her hugely popular makeup videos.

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She later flipped off the blackmailer in question, saying, "So for those who tried to blackmail me and thought they could really mess up my life with that, this one's for you - I hope you can sit nice on it". My mom knew immediately that I either was going to be gay or a different type of story. It was frightening to know that there are people out there that are so evil, that they can't respect someone's true identity.

The star vlogger then opens up about her childhood, and explains how she always identified as a woman growing up.

Now 25, the successful beauty blogger, who has worked with beauty powerhouses like Marc Jacobs Beauty and Maybelline and featured celebrities like Drew Barrymore and Kim Kardashian West on her channel, is happily engaged to her partner Dylan. It is vile and it is gross.

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