Trevor Moran, a YouTube star with nearly 1 million subscribers, announced in a video posted last week that he's gay.

“So basically, if it's a shocker to any of you, I'm gay,” said Moran, 17. “Whew, that was hard. That was hard to say to the camera, dude.”

In his 6-minute video, Moran said that he was “frightened by the word gay” at first, but is now comfortable with his sexuality.

Moran first hinted that he might be gay in his music video for I Wanna Fly, in which his character is separated by a dark authority from being with another man.

Soon after he was eliminated from The X Factor in 2012, Moran released his first single, Someone. In 2014, he won the Teen Choice Awards in the Choice Web Star: Comedy category.