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What happened to Nikita Dragun? 400-word Instagram post shocks fans

Bruno Cooke December 12, 2021
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The latest Instagram post from Nikita Nguyen, known professionally as Nikita Dragun, has prompted outpourings of support from her fans, but has also sparked a degree of confusion. What happened to Nikita Dragun?

What happened to Nikita Dragun according to recent Instagram post?

The first in a series of photos influencer Nikita Dragun shared with her followers yesterday shows her lying on her back on what appears to be a hospital bed.

Afterwards comes a short video, in the background of which are various items of wall-mounted medical paraphernalia. 

The 421-word caption to the series of 10 photos and short videos contains references to being “detained,” “handcuffed” and “drugged”.

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“I was placed under a Temporary Detaining Order and Magistrate,” Dragun’s caption reads, “taking away all my rights as a human.”

Since it went online 15 hours ago, the post has received numerous comments. Many of Dragun’s fans have expressed their sympathies and words of solidarity. Meanwhile, others appear confused. The top comment, from trans YouTube star Julie Vu, reads, “Wow. We are with you Nikita. We love you. Stay strong. ❤️”

Another of Nikita’s followers wrote that the relationship between the photos and the caption “confuses me.”

Has Nikita Dragun been hospitalised?

Dragun’s Instagram post has already picked up more than half a million likes. It continues: “I was picked up by the police and rode in the back of the car. i was hospitalized and tested top to bottom.”

She claims to have been “involuntarily” administered to a psychiatric behavioural health hospital.

A Reddit post dated two hours after Nikita Dragun’s Instagram post, titled “Nikita Dragun detained in psychiatric facility,” has already picked up 308 upvotes. 

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Various users have speculated as to where exactly Nikita is referring to when she writes that she was “kicked out on Thanksgiving day”.

“I know she spent time in Virginia and went to high school there,” writes one. “She has siblings so it’s possible they still live there.”

Who is Nikita Dragun?

Born on January 31, 1996 in Belgium, Nikita Dragun (legal name: Nikita Nguyen) is a trans influencer. She is of Vietnamese and Mexican descent, and has spoken openly about her transition in several YouTube videos. 

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Nikita launched her makeup line, Dragun Beauty, in March 2019, with a focus on catering for the transgender community.

In May 2020, she won in the Best In Beauty category at the Shorty Awards which aims to honour “the internet’s brightest, buzziest, and most viral”.

Our thoughts are with Nikita during this difficult time.

If you are affected by any issues in this article please reach out to someone you trust or an online service. Shout is free and confidential for readers in the UK. Readers in the US can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis centre from Mental Health America. You can also text MHA to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line.

Alternatively, you can text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to reach the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.