After five months of radio silence on her YouTube channel of 1,200,000 followers, Jamie Curry has now explained her absence and the personal issues she had been grappling with.
During her time away she had become engaged to a woman, she said, having fallen in love for the first time.
Curry took to her preferred platform to confirm she had been dealing with issues of weight and struggling to identify her sexual identity ever since she left school more than four years ago.
Girl i am in tears. I’m so proud and happy you found your happiness and your favourite person. Big hug, can’t wait to see what’s next on your journey xx ❤
— dorien 🍃 (@harmauregui) June 24, 2018
The former Hawke’s Bay teen is now based in Auckland and was making a living online.
New Zealand’s most famed social media star started out filming amusing slice-of-life videos as a 16-year-old from her Taradale bedroom in 2012.
labels can be tricky and confusing but you’ll figure it out in your own time, there’s no rush. just remember you are the only one who can define your sexuality and what means to you. so so happy for you and just extremely proud! 💖
— lauren west (@laaurenwest) June 24, 2018
She explained in the video why she had taken a break from YouTube.
“I just wasn’t happy.
“It started when I left high school. I didn’t really have a direction or purpose or reason for why I was doing anything.”
Girl I’m so so happy for you! Wow I’m watching you since like day 1 on Facebook and you are so amazing and I’m so happy that you found a real love neither it’s a guy or a woman, I LOVE YOU AND SUPPORT YOU IN ANYWAY and congrats omg I’m so excited 💗
— Grande 💡 (@goalsbygrande) June 24, 2018
She said gaining weight had played a part in her unhappiness and comments from her followers had made her feel self-conscious.
“I didn’t want to be on camera because I didn’t feel comfortable with myself.”
She said she had moved into a cottage an hour away from anyone she knew.
This is so open and honest and important. 💖 Thank you, Jamie!
— Robbie Nicol (@ManWithDesk) June 24, 2018
She spent eight months there but after the eight months she still felt depressed and did not find the answers she was looking for.
She explained she had questioned her sexuality and struggled to find which sexuality she felt she identified with.
i knew jamie curry was too funny to be straight
— liv (@undrthblue) June 24, 2018
“I tried to find my label.
“Am I gay? Am I bi?” she said.
Congratulations you beautiful piece of artwork!!! Couldn’t be more happy for you! My sister and I have been watching you for years and you’ve always made us so happy, so glad to hear that you are happy too. Truly happy x
— JIMMY (@JimHarrington_) June 24, 2018
She said the answer came when she fell in love with someone for the first time. The person turned out to be a woman.
“She makes me so happy.”
She had since asked her girlfriend to marry her, and her girlfriend had said yes.
Jamie Curry is engaged to a woman, im not crying
— j a c i n t a (@lipaluthor) June 24, 2018
Jamie I can’t put it into words how happy I am for you. AND CONGRATS ON THE ENGAGEMENT. You deserve so much happiness and judging by how cute you got when talking about your girl you have that and I’m just so happy for you and rooting for you in everything you do. pic.twitter.com/t9bG4g4lOW
— Gracie | (@NZGracie) June 24, 2018
Source: NZ Herald