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YouTube star Trisha Paytas has announced that they identify as non-binary and uses "they/them" pronouns...

Which comes a few years after they came out as transgender.

Here's the full story...

Now, we all know Trisha Paytas best for their career as a YouTuber...

And it's certainly been a controverisal one, to say the least!

The thirty-two-year-old social media personality started their life in Los Angeles as an extra in movies...

And they soon began str**ping on the side to make ends meet.

But in 2006, Paytas created blndsundoll4mj, a lifestyle-oriented YouTube vlog channel...

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And following its success, the companion channel Trisha Paytas was created in 2014, which featured more personal vlog videos.

Following the success of several viral videos, Paytas garnered a significant following on their main channel...

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And at the time of writing, they currently have a staggering 5.05 million subscribers.

So, it's safe to say that Paytas has experienced a lot of success...

But that's not to say they haven't experienced their own controversy and downfalls.

Paytas has caused a lot of controversy over the years with certain YouTube videos...

Ranging from the constant drama with public relationships, being friends with controversial figures such as Shane Dawson, to claiming they no longer want to identify as a human being... Paytas seems to have gone through it all!

But one of their biggest controversies came in 2019 when they came out as transgender.

In an explosive YouTube video that has since been taken down from the platform, Paytas explained that they'd always felt more "masculine than feminine" and that they wished to identify as a "gay man" because they were attracted to other gay men and loves "glam and voluptuousness."

"I identify with men better."

"People always think, like, there's something wrong with me because I don't have, like, that many girlfriends. Like, I love girls. Like, I do love girls, and I love, like, their sensitivity and all that stuff like that. But that's why I identify more as, like, a gay man because I like guys, but I also identify as a guy," they explained in the video.

Paytas also said that they overcompensated for people calling them "manly" when they were younger by wearing makeup and overly revealing outfits...

But that, in fact, they had always had "p*nis envy."

"This sounds so crazy to say out loud, but, like, I've just always thought my life would easier if I had that part. That if I asserted myself I wouldn't be a b*tch but I would be, like, a man."

They ended the video by saying that they are "1,000%" transgender but also identifies with their sex assigned at birth.

Of course, Paytas' unexpected announcement ruffled a lot of feathers within the LGBTQ+ and transgender community, with many slamming the YouTuber for coming out only "for the clicks."

But it seems as if Paytas has now had a slight change of heart...

As they've just announced they identify as non-binary.

And their fans have been incredibly supportive of this huge decision.

Speaking in a video titled "re: my gender," Paytas explained their new identity.

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"I'm non-binary and I have to give credit to TikTok and Gen-Z," the YouTuber said in Friday's video, "That seems like the perfect label for me."

Paytas said they "have days where I really identify as he/him, I really identify as a man"...

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But that "because my shell a lot of the times doesn't match that of a male, I'm more of a cis female or a girlie girl or a drag queen or whatever, people don't really understand it."

They then addressed the Twitter spat they had with fellow YouTuber, Nikita Dragun, earlier this month when Dragun - who is transgender - accused Paytas of being transphobic and a pedophile.

"That video was never meant to be offensive or a troll," they said of their widely criticized 2019 video, "It came across as bad and wrong and I didn't know 'non-binary' back then. I really just thought, 'I'm really a male.'"

Paytas then announced they will be using "they/them" pronouns from now on...

And they discussed this further in a tweet, saying:

"I'm non-binary. I never chose words correctly. I struggle with who I am every single day. I struggle with demons. I struggle with not knowing who I am every single morning. It's scary in my head - I seek help and I try to help. If my confusion on who I am has ever hurt anyone else."

​Paytas, who is frequently vocal about their mental health issues, said that coming to terms with their gender has been a challenge.

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"This is what I've been struggling with for so long, for people to accept that I am no genders and all genders at once, or at different times," they explained.

"Most of my public relationships have been with straight men, but I've been with gay men, I've been with bi men, I've been with women, I've been with trans women, and I've been with non-binary people, but they didn't realize they were non-binary because they didn't really have a label. When I was dating, there weren't labels of they/them."

Paytas finished by sharing that they "finally" feel more comfortable...

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"I've always just felt on the defense. It feels so nice to show myself and be understood, and people seeing me for what I want to be and who I want to be. So, thank you."

You can watch Paytas' full video here:

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