December 2016 was a trying time for YouTuber Trisha Paytas. After she celebrated her one-year anniversary with the love of her life, Sean van der Wilt, a source sent her revealing snaps.
He was at a gay bar dancing with a woman and a man.
Viewers believed her off-the-wall behavior pointed to an inevitable downfall. They were wrong, though. Uploading content to YouTube was Trisha Paytas' way of both making money and venting her emotions. If she was going to cry, then she'd at least get paid for her tears.
People thought, if she weren't eating, then she was sobbing. If she weren't sobbing, then she was drinking. It was a vicious cycle commonly associated with heartbreak, but men and women only saw a breakdown on-screen.
Was Trisha Paytas ever going to recover, or was she doomed?
In the middle of sleepless nights and days long-drawn, she surprised her fans, her haters, and herself by uploading her music video, "Warrior." Watch it below.
"Well, come walk a mile in my shoes / Watch these tears run black and blue / When my strength is nearly gone / I rise to face the morning sun," she croons.
It was a message to not just her ex but to everyone who has ever doubted -- and hurt -- her. She wasn't a warrior because she just went through a breakup; she was a warrior because she rose above her demons, the ones that hooked and gutted her since the beginning.
However, it took a loved one lost for Trisha Paytas to unleash her full potential. She began dancing, eating healthier, and talking to friends again. She was on the road to recovery, discovery, and self-love. Victory never tasted so sweet.