Connor Franta Comes Out as Gay in Emotional YouTube Video: "I'm So Happy With Who I Am"

YouTube sensation admits he was “tired of running” and “hiding” from who he truly was

By Mike Vulpo Dec 08, 2014 10:22 PMTags

Connor Franta's latest YouTube post is a video he may never forget.

The YouTube sensation, who has developed a loyal following of more than 3.6 million subscribers, delivered quite the personal confession Monday.

After years of self-reflection, Franta was ready to reveal that he is gay.

"I'm just going to be really honest," he shared in a six-minute video. "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."

Although he admitted to dating and kissing girls in high school, Franta said that he left "feeling nothing."

"It was terrifying to me to have to think that I was something I knew nothing about," he shared. "So I immediately pushed it away and tried not to think about it."

It wasn't until January of this year when Franta made the brave and courageous decision to come out to his best guy friend. He then told his parents and other family members who displayed nothing but love and support.

"Everyone was so great," he said. "They didn't look at me different. They didn't treat me different…I am so happy with who I am."

So what ultimately made Franta tell all his fans about his sexuality? He simply wants his followers to feel comfortable in their true selves.

"I don't want anyone to hold back who they are," Franta shared when tearing up in his non-scripted video. "It's not OK. It's not a good thing."

He added, "This has easily been the hardest thing I ever had to do, but I'm so happy that I'm doing it."