Here's Why Vlogger Tati Westbrook Slammed Vlogger James Charles
James Charles, a 20-year-old YouTube star and model, has been involved in a serious drama with his former best friend, 37-year-old Vlogger Tati Westbrook, who accused him of sexually harassing men.
Charles began his career as a beauty YouTuber in December 2015. From that point on, he has been uploading videos about make-up styles, products, and the events he is invited to.
Westbrook, on the other hand, has been in the beauty industry for several years so far. She created her YouTube channel in November 2010, and her content is very similar to that of Charles.
JAMES CHARLES AND TATI WESTBROOK DRAMA
On April 22, 2019, Charles and Westbrook used to be best friends with the latter acting as a sort of mentor to the former. They recently got involved in a highly publicized feud over gummy vitamins.
Their falling out began after Charles posted an unsponsored Instagram story advertising Sugar Bear Hair gummy supplements while he was at Coachella. The product happens to be a direct competitor of Westbrook’s Halo Beauty product.
Soon after Charles’ post, Westbrook uploaded an Instagram story saying that someone had “betrayed” her. In the post she chose not to name the person however, fans began speculating who it could be.
Charles guessed she was talking about him and almost immediately uploaded a video apologizing to her. In the post he added that she was “like a mother” to him and that Westbrook had given him “more love, support, resources and advice than I could ever ask for.”
THEIR DRAMA GOT WORSE
After the little spat, most people thought the James Charles and Tati Westbrook’s drama was over, another Youtuber named Gabriel Zamora then uploaded a video labeling Westbrook’s behavior as “fraudulent.” He blamed her for all of the videos that were created calling Charles a “horrible human being.”
On May 10, Westbrook uploaded a 45-minute video titled “Bye Sister.” In the video, she gives a detailed explanation of the drama from her perspective. The clip, which gathered more than 34 million views, is no longer available on Westbrook’s YouTube page.
In it, the 37-year-old beauty vlogger pointed out that she and her husband had invested a lot of time and energy into Charles and his career and that they never asked him for “a penny. I have never been on his Instagram.”
JAMES CHARLES HARASSING ALLEGATIONS
While their altercation started over the gummy vitamins, Westbrook admitted in her video that she was also tired of apologizing for Charles’ behavior, saying that he used to say mean comments about other beauty influencers and even sexually harassing men who were not interested in him. She also said that her former friend was “manipulative.”
Although Westbrook has been in the YouTube world for longer than Charles, he has had more subscribers than her. Before the feud started, Charles’ channel had 16.5 million subscribers while Westbrook’s had almost 6 million.
However, soon after “Bye Sister” was released, Charles’ numbers started decreasing. As Social Blade reported, he became the first ever YouTube personality to lose more than 1 million subscribers in 24 hours.
In Westbrook’s case, the video created the opposite reaction as she started getting more subscribers very quickly. At the moment, Charles has almost 15.5 million subscribers, while Westbrook just passed the 10-million mark.
JAMES CHARLES APOLOGY
On May 10, only hours after Westbrook uploaded her video, Charles shared one of his YouTube page titled “Tati.” In the 8-minute clip, he apologized for his behavior and even addressed the “mistakes” he has made.
“To Tati and James Westbrook, I'm sorry for everything that is going on, everything that I've put you through over the past few weeks,” said Charles.
He also responded to the sexual misbehavior allegations, claiming that Westbrook used to tell him that talking to some men could get him in trouble.
“I’ve learned the hard way about ways that I can interact with boys I’m interested in and also ones I shouldn’t or shouldn’t be talking to,” Charles pointed out in the clip.
TATI WESTBROOK ASKING PEOPLE TO STOP “THE HATE”
Days after the May 10 videos, Westbrook uploaded an 18-minute video titled “Why I Did it” in which she said that, although Charles had “zero respect” for their friendship, she didn’t want people to make matter worse.
“I do want the hate to stop. I want the picking sides and the abusive memes and the language, and all of that … I really hope on both sides it can stop. That’s not why I made the video,” the beauty vlogger asked in the now-deleted video.
JAMES CHARLES “NO MORE LIES”
On May 18, Charles uploaded another video in which he defended himself. He showed text messages, old clips, and several tweets as evidence to back up his allegations.
One of the most important aspects he addressed was that he could never use his “fame, money, or power” to get anything sexually-related from another man. Charles added that everything that had been said about him trying to be with straight men was false.
Soon after posting the video, Charles tweeted that the intention of it was not to start a war but to take responsibility for his actions and clear his name.
“There ARE two sides to every story, & now you’ve heard both. I’m sure more will be said, but I’m moving on. You can form your opinions, but PLEASE do not send any hate to anyone,” he finished.
I made my video today NOT to start a war, but to take responsibility for my actions & clear my name. There ARE two sides to every story, & now you’ve heard both. I’m sure more will be said, but I’m moving on. You can form your opinions, but PLEASE do not send any hate to anyone.— James Charles (@jamescharles) May 18, 2019
JAMES CHARLES’ THOUGHTS ON HIS HATERS
While most people thought that the drama between James Charles and Tati Westbrook was over, the former shared on his Instagram story how he felt about those people who are still sharing negative, harmful messages on social media.
In an all-black background, Charles wrote that he knew he would be dealing with “these lies, accusations, and being called horrible names” for the rest of his life, but that he had already proven that those accusations were false.
He acknowledged that the drama would always be more entertaining than the truth. He added that “it’s sad, but this is the internet culture we created, and I don’t want these people following me anyway.”
Finally, Charles thanked his followers for defending him but asked them to do it politely:
“The best way to deal with rumors and lies is with kindness, maturity, and facts. Don’t be mean, don’t call names and don’t stoop to their level.”