Thanks to the power of YouTube; the video sharing platform that was created in February 2005, an avenue is given to people of various interests and passions to express themselves to the world. Amongst the many that have taken advantage of YouTube’s reach is Tyler Oakley. His many interests in the platform have been the source of his fame and wealth.
Additionally, he has lent his voice to social issues like education, health care, and suicide prevention; saving many and changing lives. Also, he is a zealot when it comes to the LGBTQ community. Tyler Oakley was featured in the 2017 Forbes prestigious list, 30 Under 30.
Tyler Oakley’s Bio, Age
Tyler Oakley is a native of Jackson, Michigan, born on the 22nd of March, 1989. He lost the chance to experience the love and joy of a good home when his parents got divorced when he was an infant. He was raised by his mother along with his half-siblings from his mother’s second marriage to his stepfather.
As part of his struggles as a teenager, Oakley suffered from bulimia nervosa. Despite his struggles, he completed high school and attended Michigan State University where he studied communication, marketing, and social media.
Every knowledge Tyler has gathered about YouTube was all accumulated while he was in college. Ab initio, he used the platform for fun but as his followers increased, he decided to make his own videos and the first was named Raindrops which grew tremendously and had over 500,000 subscribers. With the advice of a friend, Tyler decided to set up his own channel, TylerOakley. Since he created the channel, Tyler Oakley has had over 670 million views and a subscriber base of 7.6 million.
Although YouTube was the platform that brought Tyler to the limelight, he has taken his stuff beyond the video-sharing site and was featured in a 2014 investigative piece by Frontline Magazine. He began hosting a pop culture weekly update for Popsugar from March 2013 to October 2013.
On YouTube, he has appeared in several other channels like the successful 5AwesomeGays channel and as the host of The Tyler Oakley Show on Ellen DeGeneres‘ ellentube. As a social media star, he has interacted with several celebrities like Liam Payne, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss. He has had a sit together with the former President of the United States of American Barack Obama and has made a video with his wife Michelle Obama on education issues which are both subjects of interest to both parties.
Tyler Oakley has made live appearances at shows in several cities around the country. His first two shows, in Chicago and Royal Oak, Michigan, were sold out in 2014. He was part of the 28th season of The Amazing Race, competing alongside his friend, Korey Kuhl. One of the many standout features of Tyler Oakley is how he has used his platform to create awareness and bring public consciousness to various issues, especially those affecting minority groups. One of those is his volunteering and charity projects.
He is a notable supporter of The Trevor Project, which is dedicated to preventing suicide among young LGBT members. He has volunteered his time as an intern and also as a host of the organization’s annual red carpet event, TrevorLIVE. Monetarily, he raised over $1 million in support of the organization, in a birthday practice that started in 2013.
Tyler Oakley is also a published author. He published a collection of personal essays in 2015 under publishing house, Simon & Schuster. The book was titled Binge.
Body Stats- Height and Weight
Tyler Oakley has managed to create a big personality around a small body. He has small body size which stands at just 5 feet and 5 inches and weighs 56 kg. He is known for his trademark thick glasses with multi-coloured hair.
Tyler Oakley’s big personality both outside and on YouTube has created a strong financial revenue for the young activist. His video views and subscriber base left him with a basic yearly revenue of over $1 million per year. Thus, Tyler has been able to create a big fortune worth $8 million.
Is He Gay? Who Is The Boyfriend?
When Tyler was in college, he fell into a short period of depression after ending his relationship with a long-term boyfriend, which almost drove him to suicide. He has since been an advocate of suicide prevention.
Tyler Oakley is an openly gay man who has kept details of his relationship away from public view. Although he has been rumoured to be dating men such as Adam Rippon and Troye Sivan, there is a strong belief that he is currently single.