Beauty blogger Tati Westbrook ends ties with James Charles through YouTube video: 'Get off your high horse and have some respect'
Guess it's Dramageddon in Influencer town. Beauty bloggers James Charles and Tati Westbrook have reportedly ended ties with each other. Fans are in shock over the dramatic fallout since the two are prominent members of the beauty community who frequently collaborated on videos and appeared to be close.
After weeks of shade and speculation, Westbrook released a 43-minute video expressing the hurt and dismay she felt over Charles' recent actions. She was Charles' first mentor in the industry and he has often declared his love for her and how she's the reason he got into makeup.
Wedstbrook even flew Charles out in 2017 to do her wedding makeup.
This fallout began back in April during Weekend 1 of Coachella when Charles posted a sponsored post for Sugar Bear Hair to his Instagram story. Sugar Bear Hair is a known competitor of Westbrook's 's brand Halo Beauty, and the blogger saw this as a betrayal.
"This is going to be intense, different and this is absolutely not a video I ever thought, in a million years that I would be making," Westbrook says in teh begining of the video. "But I feel, after a lot of thought, that it's necessary for me to have a chat with you guys. My relationship with James Charles is not transactional. I have not asked him for a penny, I have never been on his Instagram," she continues.
She mentions in her video that Charles said he doesn't feel "comfortable" promoting Halo Beauty on his channel because he doesn't want to promote supplements to his young audience but then went and did a deal with Sugar Bear Hair.
She said that she felt “used” because she and her husband have negotiated deals on Charles' behalf, have mentored and nurtured him. She even promoted his palette on her channel and constantly plugged his Morphe discount code in her videos.
She also highlighted several alleged incidents about Charles, including him saying hurtful things about fellow beauty community members, Jaclyn Hill and Marlena Stell, as well as some, ignorant sexual comments he made about a ‘straight waiter’ at a restaurant. Westbrook says, "His behaviour online is what they are seeing and emulating to be successful and adored by the masses. Everything is over-sexualized and that's the huge under-layer to this that I've finally have had enough." Moreover, she feels that Charles needs to be a better role model for his audience which is "made up of 12 and 14-year-olds dominantly."
The final straw for Westbrook was Charles' alleged decision to go to YouTube gossip bloggers with information that would shed a positive light on his actions. Westbrook says she was willing to bury the hatchet and keep her feelings to herself since she has a "forgiving heart," but upon hearing the news she decided she was fed up.
"You sold out me, but you threw away our friendship. You lied to me, made up a story, you knew this would be embarrassing for me. No, our relationship is not transactional. I have never asked you for anything in return," she concludes.
"How entitled do you have to be to think that you have it rough? You are a 19-year-old millionaire. You do not get to wake up and stress out about how unfair your job is. That is so ridiculous to me," she vents. "Get off your high horse and have some respect. You don't have any for the people who are in this industry and that's the sad fact. For you to lie to me and make me the villain, and go around and circulate a story to work on your side saying I'm loving the drama because it's improving sales. That's not the case. You're my family, I love you still... this is not about money at all."
Westbrook ended the video saying that this isn't something she's happy about or wanted to make public but felt like she had to because she didn't want anything to be misconstrued. She mentioned that the end of this relationship will be hard for her since he has been there for very important milestones in her life. She'll never be able to reflect on them without thinking of him.
Charles later apologized in an 8-minute video of himself. The YouTube star took on a sombre look with a bare face and black hoodie and says, "What sucks the most is that I know there's nothing I can say or do to ever earn that friendship or trust back but I don't blame them for it."
There has been no response yet from Westbrook's side. Charles is currently on a world-wide meet and greet tour. However, it is unclear how the YouTube star will proceed in light of the controversy.