14 January 2020 04:40

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(CNN) Nikkie de Jager, a YouTube star better known as by her online persona NikkieTutorials, uploaded a very personal message to her fans on Monday revealing she is transgender. She added that she was making the admission under the threat of blackmail and chose to tell her fans herself instead. The 25-year-old makeup artist and beauty vlogger has been creating makeup tutorials online for over a decade, where she ranks among the top in the popular category. On Monday, she posted a 17 minute video titled "I'm Coming Out" on her Youtube channel. "Today I am here to share something with you that I've always wanted to share with you one day, but under my own circumstances, and it looks like that chance has been taken away from me," she says in the video.

The popular YouTube star and makeup artist NikkieTutorials reveals she's transgender

"So today, I am taking back my own power and I have to tell you something." She continues to explain that she always wanted to be her own person--without any labels. "It's time to let go and be truly free," she then says. "When I was younger I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender." Read More