Tyler Oakley is a gay YouTuber from the United States. He is best known for his YouTube content and activism for the LGBTQ community and other social issues.

Oakley began posting lighthearted content, ranging from celebrity crushes to junk food, before shifting to more serious topics as his subscriber base grew.

Since breaking into the spotlight, he has used social media to showcase his personal life. He has a colorful dating history and a long list of boyfriends. Similarly, one of his confirmed relationships was with Anthony Russo, a Netflix product manager.

Tyler Oakley’s relationship with Anthony Russo

Oakley confirmed his relationship with Russo via Instagram on September 8, 2018. He posted a photo of himself and Russo dressed up in stylish suits. However, the post’s caption implied they were attending a friend’s wedding.

According to Distractify, the couple first met in 2018 through the online dating app Bumble. After chatting on the app for a while, they finally met in person and began dating.

Later, the couple began sharing their photos on their Instagram account. On New Year’s Eve 2019, Russo posted a photo with the YouTuber and captioned it, “Oakley was the best thing that ever happened to me in 2018.”

Moreover, Oakley had a fantastic time at Coachella this past weekend and shared some amazing photos from the three-day event with Russo. On all three days of the festival, he and his friends danced the night away. Artists like Maggie Rogers, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, and Lizzo were also present at the event, 

The couple has split up as of 2022, as they have not been seen posting anything related to one another in a long time. They haven’t deleted each other’s IG posts, but they don’t appear to be following each other.

Tyler Oakley’s rumored relationship with Adam Rippon

Before her relationship with Russo, the YouTuber was rumored to be dating openly gay Rippon.

Likewise, Oakley also featured Rippon in his YouTube video on February 6, 2018. The speculation was fueled when the former skater posted a photo of herself with Oakley with the flirtatious caption, “Daddy loves a winner.”

Tyler Oakley is rumored to be dating American figure skater Adam Rippon.

Tyler Oakley is rumored to be dating American figure skater Adam Rippon. (Source: Twitter)

However, the rumor was quickly debunked when Rippon revealed his relationship with Jussi-Pekka Kajaala. In February 2021, the couple announced their engagement. Similarly, in 2014, the YouTuber was rumored to be dating singer Troye Sivan.

When Tyler Oakley came out as Gay?  

He first told his mother about his sexuality when he was 11. However, he did not speak to other family members or friends until he was 14. 

When he did, his family and friends welcomed him, except his born-again father, who worked tirelessly to chase the other boys out of Oakley’s spirit and fill it with God. However, his father gradually understood his feelings, and they now accept him for who he is.

He is now very passionate and outspoken about issues affecting the LGBTQ community. Many young people, including singer Ricky Martin, were inspired by him. 

Using his celebrity as a YouTuber, Oakley has raised over $1 million for the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization in the United States that focuses on suicide prevention in the LGBTQ community.

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