Gone but definitely not forgotten. Hours after celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey was found dead at age 37 in his Los Angeles home after an apparent suicide on Friday, Oct. 23, friends and fans — including longtime pal Katy Perry — have been offering their condolences.
The “Dark Horse” singer penned a touching tribute to the beloved makeup artist alongside a photo collage of the pair together and shared it with fans via Instagram on Saturday, Oct. 24.
“Jake – My sweet, sensitive soul,” she begins the post. “What a wonderful journey and friendship we had together. What beautiful art we created together. We conquered the world’s biggest stages, together. I know you felt life so intensely and it created this incredible artistic passion in you that came out in everything you touched, from the amazing images you took to the ways you painted your muses, highlighting the beauty in everyone.”
“You had the most otherworldly eye to detail…we would laugh about how you could take a nap in that eyelid crease you created (cause it was so deep) or Jake’s 45 minute eyes…. Which was such a precise lash that even Bambi couldn’t rival,” she continued. “You essentially created my ‘look’ ever sine we met not he music video for Hot and Cold. We always confided in each other, rallied each other at our lows and pushed each other to be our best. We never got comfortable and I know that was why we did the best work together.”
In a statement to Us Weekly, Bailey’s agency, Starworks, told Us Weekly that the 37-year-old was “an undeniable talent, a great friend, a loving son and brother.” Bailey has also worked with the likes of Selena Gomez, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Julianne Hough, and Nicole Richie.
His work has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, and Allure.
Still, though, Perry wrote that what she remembers best about their friendship were the moments when they could meditate together and “tune all the noise out, forget about Hollywood and the chaos that surrounds it, and look for a slice of peace, 20 minutes at a time.”
“I know sometimes it was hard to find consistent happiness here on this earth, I understand you in that way,” she added. “I want you to know now finally and forevermore that I appreciate you and all the lessons we traded each other in this life. I love you. No more work, no more searching, you are finally at peace. Every time I sit in that chair we shared, just know, no one holds a brush to you, friend. Be free now. My prayers are with the Bailey family.”
If you or someone you know is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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