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He went missing after experiencing a manic episode. Now TikTok’s ‘Uncle Chris’ is sharing what really happened.

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Months after his disappearance, TikToker Christopher Rooney — known as “Uncle Chris” to his millions of followers — is opening up about his manic episode in hopes of using his platform to raise awareness about mental health.


Rooney, 26, rose to prominence in 2020 with the TikTok account theyeetbaby, which features comedic videos of him with his niece and nephew. Since then, they have grown a fan base of 5.7 million followers.


But in July, the Richmond, Virginia-based creator made headlines after he went missing for nine days, alarming many of his followers. He later checked into an inpatient program at a mental health facility. Doctors diagnosed him with bipolar I disorder. This week, he publicly addressed what happened in full. 


“Here is the story about how I went missing and ended up in the psych ward for 17 days,” he said in a TikTok video uploaded Tuesday, which has since received more than 5 million views and an outpouring of supportive comments.