Man abandoned as baby and bullied in school now inspires 2M followers
Meet Gabe Adams-Wheatley – the man who proved his birth parents wrong for abandoning and now inspires millions of people around the world.
Gabe Adams-Wheatley, 22, was born with a rare disease called Hanhart syndrome. The condition primarily affects the craniofacial region and the limbs.
Upon learning their child was suffering from a disease that would affect his whole life, Gabe’s biological parents abandoned him when he was still a baby. Thankfully, he got a second chance at having a wholesome childhood. In his own words, his adoptive parents “did whatever they could” to adopt him and give him the loving life he deserves.
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Speaking to Unilad, Gabe recalled his mom decided “from a very young age” that he wasn’t going to be receiving special treatment only because of his condition. Instead, she “raised and treated [him] like the rest of [his] siblings.”
Today, Gabe has won the hearts of over 2 million people on TikTok with his moving life story, stunning makeup tutorials, and sassy personality.
The non-binary social media star, who currently uses the pronouns he/him, shares his journey on TikTok. His lively videos show heartwarming details of his life, such as his life with his devoted husband and his glamorous makeup transformations.
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Thanks to his family, despite all the challenges on his way, Gabe grew up to be “strong, kind, tough, honest, loyal, smart, brave and independent.” All of these amazing qualities helped him achieve the “independent freedom” he has now.
However, he wasn’t always as confident as he is today. When he was little, “a lot of kids only saw [him] as the kid in the wheelchair.” Due to his condition, he was constantly underestimated by his peers.
But one day, when Gabe was in the 7th grade, everyone regretted ever undermining him. That day, he gathered the courage to dance at a school talent show. Yes, dance!
His performance was so compelling that he instantly stopped being “just the kid in the wheelchair.” His talent even earned him a standing ovation from the audience.
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Along with all the love Gabe receives online, some trolls continue trying to put him down.
Internet bullies have targeted the 22-year-old many times before, attempting to crush his spirits. They tried to tell him he “wasn’t good enough.” But their words were nothing compared to the admirable self-awareness he has achieved. He explained:
“They only get to see me in a way I hope they see me and they want to see me. It’s been hard reminding myself of that so I don’t take things too personally.”
He began sharing his journey on social media hoping there he could “have a voice and be a voice for so many people.” Three years later, he continues to represent people from “the disability community or people from the LGBTQ+ community or mental health community.”
“No matter what, you can always push through and give it your all!”
In June this year, Gabe had a “fairytale wedding” with the love of his life.
Gabe and his husband met in 2019 on Tinder. From the very beginning of their relationship, they bonded “on a level that [he’s] never really had the chance” to experience before.
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A few months after his wedding, Gabe reached 2 million followers on TikTok.
Speaking about this milestone, he said:
“To be honest it’s not hitting me that I’ve just reached two million followers and have millions of views on my videos. I love when people say that they watch my videos to just get through their day or that their two-year-old child wants to watch my videos. That’s what keeps me wanting to post more and show more.”
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Here’s the 22-year-old’s advice for people struggling with self-worth or other mental health issues:
“I say this all the time and I know it’s cliché but everybody’s life and experiences are different sometimes. That’s a good thing because then we’re all learning different lessons and able to share. But I would just like to say don’t give up!
There’s always going to be people who care and love you. You just gotta find them.”