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Internet star Connor Franta, 22, announces he’s gay in teary, coming out video

Internet star Connor Franta, 22, who came out Monday in a YouTube video.
Internet star Connor Franta, 22, who came out Monday in a YouTube video. Via Twitter

Connor Franta, the 22-year-old Internet sensation with more than 3.6 million YouTube channel subscribers, on Monday did “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

He came out online in an unscripted, teary YouTube video that in less than one day has had more than two million views.

“I’m gay,” Franta said at the beginning of the 6 minute, 27 second video, titled Coming Out. “This may come as a shock to a lot of you and it may be confusing,” Franta says, before recounting his coming out process.

On his YouTube page, Franta writes to fans: “your support means the absolute world to me & i hope this doesn't change a thing. i love you guys & can't thank you enough for everything xx.”

Franta has more than 1.25 million “likes” on his Facebook page and nearly 2.4 million Twitter followers. His YouTube videos have had more than 156,874,000 views since April 2010.

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