NikkieTutorials tells fans to stop looking for her blackmailer – if she wants to destroy his life, she can do it herself
NikkieTutorials has urged fans to stop hunting for the person who threatened to out her as transgender, after rife speculation about his identity
The YouTube make-up guru, real name Nikkie De Jager, came out as trans in a video earlier this month after someone threatened to out her publicly.
On Tuesday, in her first video since coming out, the YouTuber urged fans to end the speculation about the identity of the mystery person – warning that “innocent people” are being hurt by incorrect rumours naming well-known YouTubers as the blackmailer.
NikkieTutorials: Stop the witch-hunt.
She explained: “I think we need to stop the witch-hunt I’ve been seeing going around. I’ve been seeing so many videos saying ‘this is Nikkie’s blackmailer, we found the guy’, and to be honest, I don’t think that’s your story to tell.
“If anyone’s going to have the right to tell more about these blackmailers, it’s gonna be me.”
The YouTuber added: “With the help of police, we have found out who exactly was blackmailing me… let me tell you, when I found out exactly who was behind this all, I was shocked, because this is not a person that any of you know. It is someone that I don’t even personally know. Finding out exactly who did this was frightening but freeing at the same time.
“It’s frightening because you know someone is out there, so evil as to out someone. You are sick in your head for doing that. But it’s also freeing, because now that I know exactly who did this, I can keep an eye out. It gives me a perspective as to what people are really like.”
‘I have the power to destroy a life.’
On whether she would name the blackmailer, she said that using her platform constructively was “the greatest responsibility I’ve ever had in my life.”
She said: “With this platform right here, I have the power to destroy a life. Not only the life of my blackmailer, but also the life of his family, his kids, his friends, his surroundings.
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“Ever since finding out his name, that has been going on in my mind. Am I out this person, am I going to be doing the same as this person did to me? Do I want that? Do I want to put a human being in the same situation that I was in?
“I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. Nobody should get away with blackmailing, but when I look at my situation and my life, that person has been punished.”
NikkieTutorials continued: “I don’t want to lower myself to his level. I am creating my own level. I’m better than that. In a way, they already got their punishment.
“They now know that I know exactly who it is, and I think they’re going to have a little bit of that fear that one day their name is going to leak to the press. I think it is my right to determine if I want my name to come out or not.”
She added that the blackmailer had “already got his punishment” because “his goal was for my career to get destroyed and me to no longer have a life, and look at me now.”
NikkieTutorials spoke out last week in an emotional interview with Ellen DeGeneres.