“Everybody’s already decided that I’m like, this person. So when somebody decides that you’re a monster, a manipulator, a bad person, anything that you say after that point is just ‘she’s a manipulator, you can’t believe anything she’s saying, no matter how honest or sincere it is,'” Gabbie Hanna says in her new YouTube video that she uploaded May 21. It’s the first video Gabbie has released that addressed the major Gabbie Hanna drama that happened six months ago. 

In her nearly 14-minute long video, Gabbie talks about how much of a toll her cancelation has taken on her mental health (if you missed what happened, we’ll get to that in a second) and basically vented how unfair it was that, no matter what she did or said, she would always be seen as a “bad person.” She performed her new song “Special” from her five-song EP, Bad Karma (which came out May 14) and explained her thought process behind writing it.

Gabbie also posted a comment which is now pinned, in which she wrote, “People often question why I didn’t make a video response when everything first happened. This is why. At this time in my life, my main and only focus was to regain my mental health and not allow myself to reach a place of self-harm. Difficult emotions take a lot of time, patience, energy, and thought to process and heal from. Thank you for being a supportive community that can hold space for me and isn’t afraid to see me when I feel most vulnerable.”

While Gabbie seems sincere, many people are arguing over whether or not she has the right to feel bullied when she allegedly bullied others — and even supported the person who sexually assaulted her friend. Although #IStandWithGabbie is trending on Twitter, many are using the hashtag as a way to remind others of the hurt she caused with her words. 

The Gabbie Hanna drama, explained.

For those who came here wondering what TF is going on in the first place, here’s a quick recap of the Gabbie Hanna drama from six months ago. It all started when YouTuber Trisha Paytas created a video titled “WHY I DON’T TRUST GABBIE HANNA,” and in it, she explained Gabbie started a mean rumor that Trisha had herpes. Gabbie actually acknowledged this and confirmed that this was true, but that she was only doing so to help a friend. Then, Jessi uploaded a video titled “Gabbie Hanna needs to be stopped.”

Jessi, another YouTuber who used to be friends with Gabbie, told viewers that Gabbie was a manipulative friend who supported her rapist, Curtis Lepore, back in 2013. After this, Gabbie lost a huge chunk of followers on YouTube (along with her rep), and the internet collectively deemed her as canceled. 

Should Gabbie be forgiven? Is it possible for someone to learn from their mistakes and redeem themselves? Many comments on Gabbie’s recent video, “Watch Somebody Burn and Crumble,” see where she’s coming from after watching the whole thing, and have taken her side.

Source: YouTube
Source: YouTube
Source: YouTube

On Twitter, most recently she posted a response to her trending hashtag, writing, “when i break, you guys are always there to piece me back together i’m sorry for hiding for so long. i really do love you guys, thank you for loving me back, and thank you for loving the music. and thank you for your patience with me.”

She also told her fans that they’re the reason why she’s still alive.

Hopefully, after everything that’s happened, Gabbie has learned from her actions, and that she’s in a better place, emotionally. While we certainly wouldn’t want to defend her previous actions, there’s a lot to be said about someone’s personal growth if they truly believe in becoming better and more self-aware.

If you need support, The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673. You will be connected with a trained staff member in your area. Or visit RAINN.org to chat online with a support specialist at any time.

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