What Is Shane Dawson Best Known For, How Straight Is He and Who Are His Family Members?

Shane Dawson is one of the most popular YouTubers on the video-sharing website. Thanks to his funny and amazing content, he has amassed millions of followers and billions of views. Dawson is not just all about making people laugh with his sketch comedy, his videos also challenge stereotypical thinking of our society. These videos have become a huge source of inspiration to many teenagers who have been subject to bullying, abuse, or neglect.

He is also a famous author of two best-selling books, It Gets Worse and I Hate Myselfie; a producer of several short films, a singer, and an actor who has appeared in a good number of TV shows and movies. Being one of the first people who became famous on YouTube, Shane has maintained his relevance on the platform, making him one of the not-too-many stars on social media that everyone wants to know everything about.

Unraveling His Career and How He Became Famous

Shane Lee Yaw was born on July 19, 1988, in Long Beach, California. He was raised along with his two older brothers named Jacob and Jerid Yaw. While growing up, Dawson was a victim of abuse and bullying; at home, he was abused by his alcoholic father because he was overweight. While at Lakewood High School, he was bullied by his peers for the same reason as well as for his poor family background.

Shane Dawson began to grow a passion for videos back in high school when he participated in a school project. He did not create his YouTube channel which he named ShaneDawsonTV, until March 10, 2008, when he was 19 years old.

Dawson’s first video was a 3-minute sketch titled Fred is Dead. The video gained over 20 million views despite being criticized as being juvenile, crude, and somewhat racist. The popularity of the video drew a large audience and became a stepping stone to his rise to stardom. The success of his first YouTube channel led to the creation of his second channel, Human Emoji (formally known as ShaneDawsonTV2). Although Human Emoji was discontinued in 2012, it also garnered many views and subscribers.

Shane’s third YouTube channel, Shane, is where he makes daily posts of original content. As he grows further, his video content continues to change to cover wider genres like a documentary, conspiracy theory videos, and extended vlogs. His documentary series with Jeffree Star was a runaway hit. Currently, the YouTube personality from Califonia has amassed over 5 billion views on his channels. Forbes has even mentioned him in their list of famous internet celebrities. In 2020, the often controversial YouTube star was estimated to have a net worth of $12 million.

Although he makes a lot from his career as a social media star and YouTuber, his ShaneXJeffree Conspiracy Palette makeup collection has also turned in millions for him. When it first launched in November 2019, it saw a massive demand that crashed their Shopify sites in minutes. The collection is in collaboration with Jeffree Star and it is said to fetch Shane tens of millions. He also rakes in great fortune through his online merch that includes things like hoodies and T-shirts.

Facts Surrounding The YouTuber’s Family Life

Shane Dawson experienced a very intimidating and abusive childhood, but he speaks well of his parents and siblings, including his father, Kyle Yaw, who abused him for being overweight. He also speaks of his mom, Teresa Yaw, and his two brothers, Jacob and Jerid Yaw, as being very supportive of him.

Beyond being very supportive of her son, Teresa has also featured in some of his video skits. While not so much is known about her, it is known that she once worked in the sales as well as with Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center. A solid cheerleader for her son, she has a huge social media followership with more than 23,000 followers on Instagram. Highly loved by Shane’s fans, Teresa has become a social media star in her own rights with close to half a million followers on Twitter and over 59,000 subscribers on her MaMa Dawson YouTube channel. She has often been referred to as one of the sweetest women alive.

His father is the only member of the family that seems to get away from the media and spotlight as nothing much is known about him. Jerid Yaw was born in 1985. While he may not be high up in the skies like his brother, he is also a star. He is a hip hop artist as well as the brain behind the Language Arts Clothing Company. There is also Jacob Yaw who is the oldest of the three brothers. He is said to be estranged from his siblings.

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The Sexuality of Shane Dawson and His Love Story

As it is with celebrities, Shane Dawson’s sexuality became a matter of major interest to millions of his fans but unlike many in his status who would prefer to keep their personal life private, Shane has addressed his sexual orientation openly. In 2005, the multi-talented American revealed his sexual orientation in one of the videos he posted on his channel; the vlogger said although it would be much easier to identify as gay or straight, he was bisexual.

Shane Dawson with his boyfriend Ryland Adams: image source

In addition to Shane being bisexual, he is also not single. The media personality is in a relationship with Ryland Adams. He spoke about his partner in a video he posted on his YouTube channel and described Ryland as his boyfriend who makes him extremely happy.

Adams is also a YouTube star, producer, actor, and writer who was born in 1991. One might likely think that the two YouTube giants met on the vlogging platform, but that will only be far from the truth. They met on a dating app in March 2016 when Dawson made the first move with a simple message; “Ryland! Hey man.” By June 2016, the two became a couple officially on Instagram and their relationship kept blossoming from there.

Three years down the line and Dawson was down on his knee asking Adams to marry him in March 2019. A date has not been announced for the wedding but in February 2020, Ryland announced he was sewing his wedding suite himself after he was charged an incredible $25,000 by some stylists.

Before Ryland, Shane dated a number of women and men. He reportedly dated Nadine Sykora, a fellow YouTube star, in 2010. Later, he was seen with Lisa Schwartz. Shane was also spotted with Garrett Watts whom he dated just after confessing his sexuality. His relationship with Ryland seems to be his longest so far.

Chika Udeh
Chika holds a B.A in English language/History and has over 5 years experience in content development and journalism. She loves playing with writing, wordsmiths, and storytelling in all its forms, and when she is not writing about famous people and events that matter, she is probably listening or dancing to some cool jams.


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