Swedish singer Zara Larrson made headlines by calling out Charles for sliding into her boyfriend Brian Whittaker’s DMs, and now she’s returning to social media to address the fallout.
In response to the video first posted by Tati Westbrook, in which she calls out her once good friend Charles for trying “to trick a straight man into thinking that he’s gay,” Larrson retweeted it, writing, “I’m cackling cause he hit up my boyfriend in the dms several times knowing damn well he’s straight.”
She did then correct herself, noting that it was “only one dm and some comments under pictures.” Yet, at that point, the damage was already done (she subsequently deleted both tweets).
The 43-minute video posted by Westbrook got people talking. Charles attempted to release a tearful apology to his former friend and mentor, but his fans weren’t buying it.
Most people have sided with Westbrook in the drama, who has gained over 1 million YouTube follower. Meanwhile, Charles has lost over a million, and that number is still quickly dropping.
On May 19, Larsson issued a lengthy statement on Twitter addressing Charles directly to admit that when she first tweeted that “you hit up my boyfriend,” she “never in a million years expected it to blow up the way it did. I feel extra bad considering the fact that I later on corrected myself and took down my tweet after my boyfriend talked to me and showed me the DM. It really wasn’t that bad. But obviously, since everybody loves some drama, no one really cared about me trying to explain how it really went down,” she wrote.
“Of course you’re allowed to flirt with people online, like I did, and to call someone beautiful in the comments is only nice! No harm done. I do think it’s disrespectful though to try it with someone who is taken and I must admit I have a hard time believing you didn’t know that we were in a relationship since he posts about me,” she continued.
“What seems to be the thing here is that my boyfriend wasn’t the only one and that’s why I don’t condone that behaviour. You have for example previously tweeted saying that straight men will be the death of you etc which is concerning considering the fact that they will never give consent since they don’t play for team D,” Larsson added.
“I don’t know you personally but the only thing I know is that Brian and I have absolutely nothing against you. And whole heartily [sic] believe that one of the reasons this got way out of proportion is homophobia and the fact that this effected [sic] straight men.”
She followed up by issuing a straight-up apology, telling Charles she’s sorry “for getting involved before I actually knew the truth and for the anxiety you must have felt about everything.”
After Larsson reached out, Charles issued a response, telling her that he accepts her apology.