Is This the Most Popular Guy on YouTube? 5 Things to Know About Tyler Oakley
Get to know the reigning King of VidCon
Even if you think you’ve never heard of Oakley, you’ve probably seen him before. As one of the most visible YouTube personalities (and with over 8 million subscribers) he often appears in viral videos and has even stopped by talk shows.
But, if you’re still confused as we head into VidCon, here are five things you need to know about the uber upbeat YouTube star who redefined the word BFF.
1. He gets Snervous
Oakley, 27, was the subject of the documentary Snervous (which means “scared” and “nervous,”) released last December. Directed by Amy Rice, the film follows the star on his Slumber Party world tour ,showing an intimate and never-before-seen side of the star.
“I was scared to relinquish control of content because my whole professional life I’ve been in charge of my own edits,” he told PEOPLE. “I’m snervous about what people will think of seeing behind the scenes.”
2. He’s a published author.
In October Oakley’s highly anticipated first book, Binge, was released and quickly shot to the No. 2 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list. Through a collection of essays, Oakley’s literary debut reveals intimate stories of his past that are equal parts mortifying and hilarious.
3. He’s friends with Jenna Marbles IRL!
Celebrity friends – even in the social media influencer world – are the best kind. Oakley and fellow ultra-famous YouTuber Jenna Marbles posed for a selfie at last year’s VidCon and Oakley tweeted the pic declaring Marbles “one of the kindest people on the internet.” Within an hour of posting the photo racked up over 1,500 retweets.
4. He loves a good wig.
Known for donning wigs in his videos, Oakley also likes to dress up to just hang around.
“For Fourth of July, I went up to Ojai [, California],” he previously told PEOPLE. “It was in the middle of nowhere surrounded by orange trees and there was like no city for as far as you could see. We rented a house and it was me and all my San Francisco friends, and we just spent the whole weekend at the pool in high heels and wigs and got crazy.”
RELATED VIDEO: Tyler Oakley Opens Up At VidCon 2016 About How Hurtful Internet Trolls Can Be
5. He’s a Swifty, too.Even celebrities can get star-struck. And Oakley is no exception.
“At the VMAs I saw Taylor Swift,” he told PEOPLE. “And I was like, ‘Holy crap.’ I mean I’ve interviewed her, yeah, but I will always be starstruck by her because she’s such a fixture of pop culture. I was like, ‘Oh my God Taylor Swift, I’m dying.'”
If you’re heading to VidCon, be sure to check out our Q&A with Oakley on Thursday at the Instant Interview Stage by PEOPLE/EW.