A scandalous sister scenario. The online beauty community was rocked in May 2019 when makeup guru Tati Westbrook posted a tell-all video about James Charles, who was once the most subscribed makeup artist on YouTube.
In the video, which was titled “BYE SISTER,” Westbrook clearly stated that she no longer wants to be associated with the teenage makeup artist, whom she took under her wing when he first entered the industry. The longtime beauty influencer, who has been consistently posting videos on YouTube since early 2011, called out Charles for his inappropriate behavior while hanging out with her friends, his manipulative nature and more.
The first male CoverGirl spokesperson uploaded a public apology to Westbrook and her husband that same day, and told fans that he was going to try to learn from his mistakes in the future.
Westbrook’s 43-minute clip amassed more than 34 million views in three days and seemingly caused Charles’ subscriber count to plummet, while hers skyrocketed. (He lost nearly three million subscribers in three days, while she gained nearly four million in the same timeframe.)
A week after Westbrook’s initial video made waves, Charles fought back against Westbrook in a second video titled “No More Lies” in May 2019. Charles subsequently regained his subscribers and moved on from the scandal. More than a year later, however, the drama resurfaced after Westbrook alleged that YouTubers Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson “manipulated” her into starting the feud with Charles.
“I did not make my video because of vitamins. I made it as a result of all the poisonous lies that were fed to be by Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star,” she claimed in a 40-minute video titled “BREAKING MY SILENCE …” in June 2020.
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