Anthony Padilla is a 35-year-old YouTube star from Los Angeles, California. He was popularly known as a former member of “Smosh”, an American YouTube sketch comedy-improv collective. Padilla, along with his best friend Ian Hecox, co-founded Smosh Productions together. They started posting videos on YouTube in 2005 and became one of the most popular channels on the platform.
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In 2017, Padilla announced that he was leaving the group to become an independent content creator. He then started his own channel “AnthonyPadilla” which now has 7M subscribers.
In a video he posted with the title “Why I Left Smosh”, the content creator explained his reasons for doing so. He said that now that Smosh is a brand owned by a company (Alloy Digital, later Defy Media), he felt like he doesn’t have full creative freedom anymore. Thus, the decision to leave and start his own channel.
Padilla also hosted “Throw Back with Nickelodeon” in 2019, wherein former Nickelodeon stars would join him as guests. The talk show, which was one of the few Nickelodeon digital series to premiere in 2019, aired for 1 season with 16 episodes. It ran from November 2010 to May 2020.
There were rumors about Anthony Padilla’s sexuality. Whether there is truth behind these rumors or not, that’s for us to find out. Now let’s delve into the topic and find the answer to the question — is Anthony Padilla gay? Let’s go.
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Anthony Padilla’s Current Relationship
Anthony Padilla is currently dating another YouTube star, Mykie, whose real name is Lauren Mychal. This 32-year-old make-up artist from Philadelphia does creepy artistic works on her channel, “Glam&Gore”, which has almost 4M subscribers as of the moment.
After secretly dating for five months, the couple decided to go public with their relationship. Padilla made their romance Instagram-official on December 14, 2019 when he posted a lengthy message, introducing Mykie as his girlfriend.
The couple is very open about their relationship. They celebrated their first anniversary on September 10, 2020. They also celebrated several special occasions together, like New Year’s and Valentine’s. The couple has been together for three years now. If we are to base everything on what we see on their social media accounts, they are still going strong.
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A Controversial Past Relationship
Anthony Padilla used to date fellow YouTuber Kalel Cullen Smith from 2013 to 2014. The relationship was private until they had to call it quits — when they started to settle scores on social media.
Padilla called Smith “a wrong decision”, among other things. She, on the other hand, was being defensive. It was, indeed, a messy breakup.
Padilla was in two other relationships before he started dating his now long term girlfriend, Mykie. He was romantically linked to writer Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram sometime in 2015. Then he dated a certain woman named Miel Bredow from 2015 to 2019.
Anthony Padilla’s Sexuality Explained
Anthony Padilla said in one of his vlogs that he always receives questions about his sexuality. People would often ask him whether he was gay, not just online, but also in real life. The YouTuber shared that the earliest memory he had of getting asked whether he was gay was when he was seven years old. He came to school with his new favorite lunch box — a purple one with a Mickey Mouse print on it — and a classmate asked him if he was gay. Although he didn’t understand way back then what the word meant — all he understood was that it had a negative connotation — he stopped bringing the purple lunch box to school.
But it didn’t stop there. The questions about his sexuality kept on coming. He keeps getting the same question in the comment section of his YouTube channel, and also from people in real life. He even had girlfriends who asked him if he was gay.
Getting the same question was tiring, he said. He had enough of people “telling” him how to dress or to act so he wouldn’t be branded as such.
Anthony Padilla said he just wanted to be himself, without having to consider what people would think about him or his sexuality.
The YouTuber also encouraged his viewers to just be themselves and not to pretend to be someone they’re not, just to meet what society considers normal.
Is Anthony Padilla Gay?
As for his sexuality, nope, he was not gay. He said it himself. According to him, gay, by definition, is someone who is sexually or romantically attracted to people of one’s own sex or gender, and he doesn’t see himself that way. He is straight, he clarified.