Designer Nats Getty came out as transgender and non-binary in an emotional statement posted to Instagram on Tuesday, January 19.
Getty, the spouse of YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous, wrote: "I am transgender, non-binary. I have spent my entire life not in sync with the body I was born with and confined by an outwardly appearance that did not match my mind or soul.
"It wasn't until recently that I was even comfortable admitting this to myself, once I was able to look inwards and truly reflect on my authentic self," the 28-year-old added. The great-grandchild of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty — who will simply go by Nats, for now — continued to explain that Getty decided to "start my physical transition and get top surgery."
"This surgery is something I have wanted for years and I can't believe I will finally have the chest I have always dreamed of," Getty wrote before recognizing that "it's a privilege that I'm even able to move forward with this when for many it's an impossible option due to their circumstance.
"It's not lost on me the many people who are having to navigate this alone and in silence," Getty noted while encouraging those who are on a similar path to allow themselves time to discover who they truly are in their new body.
"What I can say, is that the process is truly beautiful and now I feel like I have a new community which I am so excited to embrace," Getty wrote. The designer explained that this "physical transition is new, so I'm taking my time to discover my most authentic self and which pronouns best suit me."
Getty concluded the touching post: "For now, I know one thing is for certain I am Nats. To my trans brothers and sisters and non-binary family: I am here for you, I am here with you, and I love you."
Fans and supporters immediately flooded the artist's comment section to share their excitement for Getty on this new journey. President and CEO of GLAAD Sarah Kate Ellis responded: "Congratulations. I am so happy and proud of you. You never cease to amaze me!!!! 💖💖💖," and Paris Hilton wrote, "Love you Nat's! 😍🤗🤗."
Gigi Gorgeous, 28, also opened up about Getty's journey alongside a photo of the lovebirds — who wed in 2019 — via Instagram. "Can’t even begin to express how happy, proud and in awe i am of you, Nats," she wrote before she added the link to Getty's journey in a YouTube mini-documentary.
The 16-minute clip followed Getty's travels to San Francisco to undergo the top surgery, and offered a glimpse into the recovery process.
"I'm allowing myself time with my new body to decide what pronouns best suit me," Getty shared in a statement at the beginning of the video. "During this time, some people refer to me as she/her and I don't find it insulting because I am still on my journey of figuring out what pronouns work for me."
Gigi Gorgeous previously opened up about her experience as a transgender woman in 2016 during an interview.
She explained that her mom's 2012 death "made me realize, 'Life is too short to not do what you want to do. Let's become the most authentic you that you can be.'"