YouTube star Hannah ‘MyHarto’ Hart popped the question to longtime girlfriend Ella Mielniczenko in 2018 — but their upcoming wedding is stirring up some emotional family issues for the content creator.
Hart opened up about her wedding in a tear-jerking video on February 28, where she revealed that her father won’t be attending the ceremony, and explained the reason behind his absence.
According to the YouTuber, her father is a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian denomination best known for its door-to-door evangelism that Hart calls a “cult.”
“My dad isn’t coming to my wedding because he’s a Jehovah’s Witness,” she clarified. “...they’re more like an organization that consumes your entire life and controls all your relationships. ...in the course of my life, the Witnesses have always been more important than me.”
Hart went on to admit that the situation is causing her great emotional distress, claiming that her father’s choice to abstain from the wedding is “devastating to me.”
That’s not all: the YouTuber also announced that she has been afraid of discussing the Jehovah’s Witnesses and her opinion of the group for fear of retaliation, as well as a fear of losing her relationship with her father.
“There’s nothing I want more than a relationship with my dad,” she continued. “But I can’t pretend that his choices are something that I respect. My dad isn’t coming to my wedding, and I have to process this hurt because it’s weighing me down.”
Hart is best known for her viral YouTube comedy and cooking series “My Drunk Kitchen,” where she cooks a meal while intoxicated. The show earned her ample praise online, with the star receiving a Streamy Award for her comedic genius that has since amassed her a huge following.
However, another notable moment in Hart’s career also occurred when she came out as a lesbian in her viral 2012 series “COMING OUT,” the first installment of which has garnered over 1.3 million views at the time of writing.
Hart proposed to her girlfriend, Ella Mielniczenko, six years later — and despite the family drama currently surrounding their wedding, the star is using her platform to encourage her fans to “live their truth” despite what their parents may think.