Cara is starting hormone replacement treatment (Picture: YouTube/Instagram)
The creator of the legendary ‘Leave Britney Alone’ video has begun her transition after coming out as transgender.
The YouTube star, formerly known as Chris Crocker, has announced that her name is now Cara Cunningham, and that she is beginning her hormone replacement therapy.
In a statement shared on Instagram, Cara wrote: ‘Tomorrow is my appointment for hormone replacement therapy. It’s been 33 years coming and I’m happy to be in a place where I can embrace who I am. I have put my identity & personal happiness aside for so long, out of fear of rejection or me not wanting to embarrass my family.
‘Then I realised anyone who actually loves me for me, won’t be embarrassed and would’ve shown genuine interest in how long I have felt this is way, in the first place. I am transitioning & I have no more apologises to make for who I am.
‘This will be a lonely process in terms of emotional support from others, but I will be happy knowing I am doing this for myself and what I’ve needed for my gender dysphoria.’
The 33-year-old said she would no longer be answering to Chris, revealing her new name, and explained that Crocker was never her real surname to begin with.
She added: ‘I’m not living out of fear or anyone else’s terms any longer.’
Friends and followers congratulated Cara on her announcement, with one comment reading: ‘So happy you can finally be your authentic self.’
Perez Hilton wrote: ‘Can I pronounce Cara in Spanish? ??? So happy for you!’, while others said that they were proud of the social media star.
Cara then posted a video set to Taylor Swift’s The Man, in which she flipped her long blonde hair and posed in a red sundress.
Earlier in the week, she shared a screenshot of a text conversation with her ‘Mamaw’, who chose the name Cara as the name she felt fit her personality best from a list of choices.
Back in March, Cara shared that she felt ‘like a woman on the inside’ even though she presented ‘aesthetically male’, and while producing ‘specifically gay content’ on OnlyFans to make a living, she called presenting as male ‘drag’.
She later shared that she would be getting facial feminisation surgery at some point in her transition.
Cara became a viral sensation in 2007 when she posted a video defending Britney Spears in the midst of her public breakdown.
Sobbing, Cara said: ‘How f***king dare anyone out there make fun of Britney? Her song is called Gimme More for a reason because all you people want is more, more, more, more, more! Leave her alone!’
Previously reflecting on the video 10 years on, Cara said: ‘The internet and YouTube was a very different, less LGBT friendly place at the time. Nothing I said in the video was listened to. I was mocked for my femininity. I was called every gay slur in the book. Talk show hosts questioned if I was a man or a woman after playing the clip.’
She added: ‘In the 10 years since this video a lot of LGBT YouTubers are celebrated for who they are. I often wonder if I had started videos later, if I would’ve been treated differently. But what I will say is this: Even if I got a public beating for standing up for what’s right: I’m happy I did. And I’ll always love @britneyspears.’