YouTuber Lele Pons opens up about living with Tourette's: 'I don't want to continue like this'
In the past few weeks, Lele Pons has definitely shown her fans a more vulnerable site. Since the debut of her YouTube series "The Secret Life of Lele Pons", the former Vine star has shown that her father is gay and that she has to deal with "severe" OCD.
In the latest episode of her YouTube series, internet personality Lele Pons also shared that she has secretly lived with Tourette syndrome all her life.
"I've been hiding my tics for years, but I've finally accepted that it's [part of] me," Lele commented on the video.
According to the episode, Lele has recently been more dependent on her mother when it comes to cooking, cleaning and getting around.
"My mother does everything I should do for myself," said Lele. The YouTube star went on to explain that her dependence on her mother had a lot to do with her fear of doing things that made her uncomfortable.
"Everyone else helps me to do everything," said Lele. "My mother is doing everything for me right now. Every time I feel uncomfortable or if I feel too uncomfortable, I start to cry now. "
In the video, one of Lele's therapists - Dr. Katia Moritz from the Neurobehavioral Institute - that Lele has become an expert in hiding her Tourette in her videos and public appearances.
"People who didn't know that she had tics would not notice her because she included her movements," Moritz said. “Their snapshots and stretches look like part of their normal interactions, even though they're actually tics. It looks like it's just Lele who is Lele. "
After finding out about her Tourette, Lele said that she wanted to focus on getting better and not being affected by the disease as much as she does.
"I'm motivated to get better, I don't want to go on like this."
People were inspired by Lele's vulnerability and willingness to learn about their condition.
"When I was young I was diagnosed with Tourette (and other illnesses) and I am still very ashamed of my tics. Lele, thank you for creating this video. It is really inspiring for me to know that I can be successful despite the difficulties, ”said one person.
"I didn't even know that Lele had so many problems and she still shares it with us ... I respect her so much and hope she is better," added another user.
"I'm so glad she came out with this series because I watched her for a while and always saw her so happy, but now we can see the other side of her smile," wrote a third person. "Love you, Lele."
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