YouTubers show support to Dan Howell after incredible coming out video

14 June 2019, 10:41 | Updated: 14 June 2019, 11:37

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Dan Howell. Picture: Dan Howell YouTube / Twitter: @connorfranta
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Joey Graceffa, James Charles, Connor Franta and more have offered messages of support for Dan.

YouTubers have been rallying around Dan Howell with messages of support after he came out as gay in a video posted last night (June 13).

After posting the 45-minute video to his channel yesterday called ‘Basically I’m Gay’, Dan explained on Twitter his decision to upload the video now during Pride Month, saying: "I always wanted to upload this next video in the month of june ..it ended up taking an entire year longer than i thought but here we are again and now it is time."

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Since then, the YouTube community has come forward with messages of support for Dan.

“So proud of you for doing this so beautifully, on your own time and when you felt it was right. Welcome. Wish you all the love, happiness and sunshine in the world, always,” Joey Graceffa said on Twitter.

“So so so happy for you. happy pride king!” James Charles wrote, while Thomas Sanders added: “Amazing!!! Incredibly happy for you, man!! I wish you all the happiness and acceptance you deserve!!!”

Connor Franta welcomed Dan to the “gay internet mafia”, writing: “daniel!! im over the moon for you right now. this takes courage to share and you should be so so proud of yourself. well done. oh and an official welcome to the gay internet mafia. we meet the first saturday of every month. coffee and donuts are provided, however we do recommend you bring a snack to share. no plus ones. dont be late.”

Jenna Marbles added: “Basically I love you so much and I’m so proud of you and happy for you.”

You can see some more YouTuber’s responses to Dan’s video below.

Dan also opened up about his romantic involvement with his long-term YouTube partner Phil Lester: “Through the magic of the internet, I met Phil. And obviously we were more than friends but it was more than just romantic. This is someone who genuinely liked me. I trusted them. And for the first time since I was a tiny child I actually felt safe...we are real best friends. Companions through life. Like actual soul mates."

Phil also came forward with messages of support for Dan, writing on Twitter: "For real Dan has worked so hard on this video!! Super proud of him and the messages it sends".

But Dan stopped short of confirming their current relationship status in his video however, saying he’d prefer to keep things private.

"And I bet so many people wanna know so much more about that which, honestly, I take as a compliment, but here's the thing... I'm somebody who wants to keep the details of my personal life private (so is Phil),” he said.

"Lots of people these days, thanks to social media, want to share and monetise every aspect of their life and then as soon as something changes suddenly it's this huge drama because everyone got invested in the story of your life like it's a soap opera...I don't want that."