Dan Howell has come out as gay.
The 28-year-old YouTuber and BBC radio presenter from London ended a year-long hiatus with a new video called “Basically I’m Gay”, where he opens up about his sexuality and also refers to fellow YouTube star Phil Lester as his soulmate.
“Queer people exist,” he said in the 45-minute video. “Choosing not to accept them is not an option. To anyone watching this that isn’t out, it’s OK. You’re OK. You were born this way. It’s right. And anyone that has a problem with it is wrong.
“Based on your circumstance you might not feel ready to tell people yet, or that it’s safe, and that’s fine too. Just know that living your truth with pride is the way to be happy. You are valid. It gets so much better. And the future is clear. It’s pretty queer.”
Dan also took to Twitter to clarify why he decided to come out now, explaining that it was important for him to upload the video in June, which is celebrated as Pride Month. He also said it took “an entire year longer” than he expected to share.
i always wanted to upload this next video in the month of june ..it ended up taking an entire year longer than i thought but here we are again and now it is time
— Daniel Howell (@danielhowell) June 13, 2019
The video, which went out to the world – including his 6.5 million subscribers – on Thursday 13 June, has received a great response from viewers, with many commenting how “proud” they are of him and that they support him no matter what.
Watch the video below.