YouTuber Niki Albon has come out as gay in a heartfelt new video.
The British internet star, 27, opened up about his sexuality to his 185,000 YouTube subscribers for the first time on Tuesday (18 February) as he posted the video with the caption: "I’m gay & this video has been 27 years in the making."
Essex-born Albon, who vlogs with twin brother Sammy on the pair's channel Niki and Sammy, explained that despite privately knowing he was gay for many years, he only recently began be open about it with those around him.
"I feel like I haven’t been honest and truthful the entire time with myself, let alone with anyone else", Albon says in the 20-minute video.
"I feel like I was just being deceptive, and saying that now it’s just so stupid, but it got me down.
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"For the last four years I feel like I wasn’t being my honest self, which is annoying in so many ways, because I've always tried to be one of those people on the internet who is real."
Albon revealed that he had begun seeking therapy, and that his therapist was the first person he came out to.
"I hadn't said that to anyone else before: that was the first time, at the age of 27, that I'd said that," he recalled.
"In my mind I was building up this almost fantasy of the perfect scenario, and how these things would play out, and I think that's what held me back for so long."
He added: "There is no such thing as a perfect moment. Sometimes life presents you with moments and sometimes it doesn't: you need to make them yourself."