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Daniel Howell – formerly known online as danisnotonfire – has received an outpouring of love from celebs and his YouTube pals following his coming out video.
We love legends supporting legends.
The YouTube star – best known for being one half of duo Dan and Phil along with close friend Phil Lester, shared his 45-minute video ‘Basically I’m gay,’ on Thursday evening.
The video saw him discussing issues like toxic masculinity, shipping culture, and LGBT representation in the media, as he explained his sexuality to his audience after a year long hiatus from the platform.
Since, YouTubers, celebs, and fans have supported him in their droves.
Best friend Phil – known online as AmazingPhil – joked: ‘Me: When I make a video about my sexuality at some point it’ll be pretty low-key y’know. Dan: Hold my pride flag- *45 minute masterpiece later*.’
He added: ‘For real Dan has worked so hard on this video!! Super proud of him and the messages it sends.’
Bloom hitmaker Troye Sivan responded to tell him: ‘You’re a hero n a champ n an absolute class act.’
Meanwhile, beauty guru James Charles added: ‘So so so happy for you. Happy pride king!’
‘Proud of you dude! Very happy for you!’ Irish YouTube star JackSepticEye added.
Fellow YouTuber Connor Franta told him: ‘Daniel!! im over the moon for you right now. this takes courage to share and you should be so so proud of yourself. well done,’ before adding: ‘Oh and an official welcome to the gay internet mafia.
‘We meet the first saturday of every month. coffee and donuts are provided, however we do recommend you bring a snack to share. no plus ones. dont be late.’
In the 45-minute clip, the 28-year-old shared his struggles with identity and thoughts about his sexuality from a ‘scientific’ and a ‘literal’ perspective, and detailed how he spent countless years agonising over it in secret.
The young star went on to reveal that he spent Christmases and family birthdays flirting with the idea of coming out, before being too worried or uncomfortable to go through with it. In the end, he decided to ‘confront’ himself.
Addressing his fellow YouTubers, he said: ‘F**k the scientific definition, f**k the literal definition and what everyone thinks. I finally have to confront and accept this. I’m gay.’
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