Gay YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley joins fellow YouTuber Zoella on the cover of the September issue of Seventeen magazine. With 7.5 and 3.5 million subscribers, respectively, the duo breathe with a relaxed ease on camera, yet both admit to having very real insecurities.
Oakley says that, after years of struggling with an eating disorder, he's still not perfectly at ease in his body:
"With videos, meet and greets, and a million pictures a day, it's definitely a thing that I think about. It's not about clothes fitting. It's not about feeling chubbier than normal. I'd beat myself up over a day that I'm not active. If I'm lazy, then I feel grody."
Despite his candid honesty with his fans, Seventeen reports that Oakley hasn't touched upon his eating disorder in depth before this interview. Addressing it directly, he reveals:
"Talking about it is really hard because it's something I suppress and work through every day. And I haven't really talked about body image in videos. I assume when people read this, they'll be like, 'Oh, you're not fat.' That's not what it's about at all. Even when I was the skinniest I'd ever been, I was still not happy."
For more, visit Seventeen. Copies of September's issue are on stands next week.