Her time. YouTube sensation Ingrid Nilsen took a break from her usual rotation of fashion and beauty videos on Tuesday, June 9, to make an emotional announcement about her sexuality. Nilsen, 26, tweeted a link to the clip on Tuesday evening, writing simply, "New video. Something I want you to know..."
The gorgeous Internet personality opens the video with a deep breath, pushing her hair away from her face as she prepares to speak. She captioned the "Something I Want You To Know (Coming Out)" video, writing, "We all deserve our best chance."
"Okay!" she begins as she throws her hands up. "I'm doing this. Alright, um, I guess I am just going to get right to it. Um, there's something that I want you to know, and that something is, I'm gay!"
Nilsen teared up after she made the announcement, adding, "It feels so good to say that, it feels so good."
The beauty expert went on to explain her motivation for telling her nearly 4 million subscribers, saying she cares about her fans who have been with her for roughly six years and they deserve to know about this big part of her life.
"I guess the only place that I really know where to start is with a question that I got asked a lot, and that is, 'How slash when did you know that you were gay?'" Nilsen continued. "This is a simple yet complicated answer -- simple because it's just something that I've always known from my earliest memories, but complicated because it's hard to put that into words... It's just been there, this is not something that I chose, it is something that is a part of me and has always been a part of me."
Nilsen spoke about being her "truest and purest self" at 4 years old when she was naturally attracted to girls and didn't have the societal influences telling her that she shouldn't be. She traced her evolution as a young woman and teenager, at a time when she attempted to suppress her true identity and dated guys.
"This is me," she added. "Sitting right here, right now. This is me... the fact that I'm gay is a part of me... I have always been this way... I want to live my life unapologetically because I'm proud of who I am and I'm not gonna apologize for who I am anymore."
Watch Nilsen's emotional coming out video, which charted close to 2 million views in less than 24 hours, in the video above. Want stories like these delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter!