James Charles speaks out! He reveals Tati Westbrook’s video and following controversy had him considering suicide. Charles also responded to all the allegations against him.
After 37 year old Tati uploaded a video last week calling out James Charles for being selfish and predatory against friends and straight guys, the 19 year old YouTube sensation replied to the video with a detailed explanation of his own in which he explained that the video caused him to consider suicide.
If you’re not up to date on what Tati had to say, watch Tati’s original videos below:
She later made another video explaining her side:
After these videos were made, James Charles immediately dropped around 2 million subscribers on YouTube, while Tati gained around 5 million subscribers. You can keep a check of these two YouTubers subscriber counts here. The drop in followers for James was accompanied by massive hate and aggression online, with comments on his posts, old videos and tweets about how he was cancelled. Since James uploaded his own explanation video, his followers have crawled back up and Tati’s have started dropping.
In Charles’ video, he said, “Everything that happened really really hurt, and I wouldn’t wish what happened on my worst enemy. The last few weeks of my life have been the most painful time I have ever had to deal with, and my head and brain for a hot minute went to a place so dark I didn’t think I would come back, and that… I can’t believe I just admitted that on camera.”
He added, “People always say being a social media influencer is an easy job… but I don’t think any human being ever is prepared to deal with the pain and anxiety of what it feels like for millions of people to be talking to you at one time.” At the same time, he said he stood by the original apology he had issued to Tati, and that he was still apologetic for the SugarBear Hair scandal.
Watch James’ original apology here:
In the video, Charles also described himself as a “19 year old virgin”, saying he did not “get a lot of action” and would “never use fame to manipulate”. He went on to explain all of Westbrook’s allegations and the many allegations that the internet made against Charles in the wake of her original video. He ended up saying that while he stood by his apology for being pushy with DMs, he had never taken anything beyond a consensual space.
Watch James’ full video below:
Tati responded to James’ video by saying, “I’ve left town on a digital break to heal & pray for healing on all sides. My family made me aware of what was just posted & I’m disappointed to see it littered with so many lies & half truths. I stand by my videos – do not twist my words into what they are not, hear the message.” She added, “I’m working on not reacting out of anger & working through patience for what this right thing to do is. I remind you all… as I remind myself to do what you can to lead with kindness.”
Jeffree Star also spoke out, and said, “Everyone keeps asking me for my RECEIPTS…. I have so much to say and some really sad, disgusting things to show you guys. James Charles tried to mass manipulate you all today. When I show you the proof and WHY I tweeted that tweet about him, you will all finally understand.”
Stay tuned for what Jeffree Star has to say!