YouTube star Shane Dawson has come out as bisexual.
In an emotional 15-minute video posted to his channel Tuesday, the 26-year-old Internet celebrity confessed that he had been confused about his sexuality his entire life, especially in the last year. "I never thought I would be making this—ever," Dawson said. "But I woke up this morning and I just had to."
"I'm making this video because I feel like it could help a lot of people. Over the last year, I have been extremely sexually confused. I mean, my whole life. But this last year is when it really hit me. I always wished that I was gay, that I was just 100 percent gay—for so many reasons. No. 1, that means I would know who I was. No. 2, it would be a lot easier for me to be accepted by people because I wear wigs and dresses on the internet and I'm feminine and all these things. It'd be so much easier to be just like, 'Yeah, I'm gay.' But I'm not. I'm not really gay and I can't sit here and say that I am because that's not real and that's not genuine. But I also can't sit here and say that I'm straight. This is something I've come to the conclusion through therapy and from being honest with myself. I am bisexual," he said. "I have said it out loud once before in therapy, and I have never really talked about it until now."
Dawson hopes to help people who are unsure about their sexuality, saying, "There are a lot of coming out videos of people who are gay or lesbian and they're so confident. But it made me cry because I'm not that. I don't know who I am 100 percent. I know that a lot of you guys might feel the same way."