Super-popular YouTube star Connor Franta recently announced to his 3.6 million YouTube subscribers and 2.37 million Twitter followers that he is gay in a heartfelt video. If you're not sure what a Connor Franta is, go ask a teenager. Anyway: "2014 is truly the year that I have accepted who I am and become happy with that person. So today I want to talk to you guys about that and be open and honest, and tell you that I'm gay," Franta says in the video.
Franta, who joined YouTube in 2010 and until earlier this year was a part of the successful vlog channel Our2ndLife. Though he'd previously denied speculation about his sexuality, he explains in his coming out video that it had taken him a long time to accept himself. "I was tired of running. I was tired of hiding," he says. "I just want to be me and not be afraid." His fans have been very, very supportive — well, most of them, at least.
@ConnorFranta I will always support you no matter what ❤— PCD (@_Jacobbemybae_) December 9, 2014
@ConnorFranta I love you 😭❤️— ॐ (@lost___insecure) December 9, 2014
@ConnorFranta IM SO PROUD OF YOU FOR NOT HIDING SOMETHING SO HUGE ANY LONGER. You have my support. It's your life, continue living it— za ☺︎ (@pussypoptarts) December 9, 2014
@ConnorFranta this doesn't make me stop loving you— jasmine (@jasmahone_) December 9, 2014
@ConnorFranta im so sad i knew this was coming— azalea (@miamorebieber) December 9, 2014
Follow Ned Ehrbar on Twitter: @nedrick