Another YouTuber has come out and this time it’s Niki Albon.
Niki is one half of the Niki and Sammy YouTuber Channel, which captures the lives and laughs of the titular twin brothers. The two have been making videos since 2013, but it was a recent video that got our attention. In it, Niki came out to the world.
In the video, which you can watch below, Niki explains that he’s known his sexuality for years but worried over what coming out could do to his career.
“I feel like underpinning [my career]…has been that I haven’t been honest and truthful the entire time, with myself, let alone everybody else. I feel like I was just being deceptive. And saying that now, it’s so stupid. But it got me down,” he shared in the video.
In the video, Niki focused a lot on discussing the importance of mental health. Specifically, how contacting professional help aided him in overcoming his fears. Specically, Niki came to realize that he couldn’t take being closeted to the public. He then reached out to his therapist for support.
“I wrote an email to my therapist that said, ‘I feel like I’ve been wasting your time and my time, because actually what I want to talk about is that I’m gay.’ And I hadn’t said that to anyone else before. That was the first time, at the age of 27, I’d said that.”
Thankfully, things have been looking up from there.
“This whole situation has made me feel much more myself than I’ve felt in years. And I feel stronger and more capable than I’ve felt in a long time,” Niki said “So I’m going to start my 28th year as authentically and honestly as I can, because I think I deserve that. And I owe that to my younger self.”
We wish the best for Niki Albon and wish to thank him for using his coming out to talk about mental health and personal well-being.
I am so overwhelmed by the love being sent my way right now. Thank you so much! 🌈✨
I know that this family portrait would mean a lot to my younger self, who spent a ~long~ time worried he'd damage what he had in the 2nd photo.
— niki albon (@NikiAlbon) February 18, 2020
Source: YouTube, Pride