YouTube is the perfect place for people to truly express themselves – be it about their anger towards how the company works, their traumatic experiences with domestic abuse, or most positively about their journey towards sexual discovery. And in 2016, we now have a new member to the ‘YouTube Coming Out Club‘ – George Shelley.
In his emotional video George reveals the news that he has dated both men and women in the past, but he refuses to assign himself a label based on his sexual preferences. He says that he’s “less scared of being [himself]” and that he “doesn’t have anything to hide” anymore. You can watch his brave confessional vlog below.
After his time in the Australian Celebrity jungle last year, George says he wants to “start 2016 with a clean slate” after seeing multiple news outlets discuss his sexuality. All he asks of his fans and the press is that regardless of who he decides to date next, we all understand that it is “because [he] loves them and that it shouldn’t be a big deal”.
In the past, lots of our YouTube favourites have struggled with their sexual identity, leading them to release some of the most inspiring and heart-warming videos to date including Ingrid Nilsen, Connor Franta and Shane Dawson. We’re happy to see more mainstream personalities use YouTube as a platform to openly discuss issues of sexuality and the visibility of bisexual people around the world.
Since opening up about his sexuality, George talks about being much happier now he has overcome the fear of being himself. His candid video is reminiscent of the way Olympic diver Tom Daley came out about his sexuality in December 2013, once again with a YouTube clip. With high profile celebrities now using YouTube to control and create their own breaking news, will we soon see more press outlets turn their heads to their subscription boxes?
Following George’s video, a massive wave of support flooded social media from fans and celebrities alike, but it was the kind words from fellow Union J bandmates that had us all feeling too many emotions.