As the storm rages on, Tati Westbrook returned to YouTube to straighten out some facts around why she called James Charles out in the first place.
In a video about half the length of her “Bye Sister” clip, the makeup star noted, “I needed to answer some questions”.
This got “way, way, way bigger than anyone could have expected”. But she has been “at home reflecting” on the situation and felt it was time to express herself instead of the stories in the tabloids.
“I thought I would be the one that would take the hit” as Charles is “someone with a lot more power. I didn’t think it would it would grow to this magnitude.”
She asks for both her fans and Charles’ to stop picking sides, posting abusive memes and the language in comments.
Westbrook calls her first video a “wake up call, me trying to reach someone I find unreachable.”
The YouTube star continues to express her concern for her former friend as “someone who is losing the ability to be honest” and who has “zero respect.” She adds that the video wasn’t her first attempt at helping Charles but was a “last-ditch effort to be really loud and vocal before they go and make some pretty serious mistakes.”
She wanted the video to be a “wake-up call” but not for Charles to “dragged through the mud.”
The two first became friends when Charles was getting his YouTube page up and running but despite her “love” for him, Westbrook is sure the relationship can’t be repaired.
“I wanted the opportunity to tell him face to face that I don’t hate him, I love him,” she adds while describing the details of a meeting that was supposed to happen at Google headquarters between them to help clear the air.
There is “no celebration to what is happening, if I could give all the new subscribers back I would,” Westbrook says through tears. “The internet is the only place that if you cry too much you are a victim and if you suck it up and power through you are a bitch, I’m just trying to find the middle.”
“I don’t think his career is over…he needs better people around him” ones who are not on the payroll. “If I really wanted to cancel James Charles I would have been at every studio.”
So where does one from here? Westbrook hopes that Charles will “change and make a great comeback.” Adding, “I hope that one day he will be able to look back and acknowledge it came from a good place.”
As for Westbrook, she is “going to focus on my husband and family” and take some “solid time out.” There will be new videos on her page that have been pre-filmed.
“Social media is a dark place,” she says while noting that she needs to figure out “what this means to me. If it is all about money I don’t want to do it.”
Charles apologized to Westbrook after her original video but the damage was done as the 19-year-old had lost millions of YouTube subscribers.
Of course, not all could be left as is so Charles headed back to YouTube with a new video and all the recepits. “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,” he said in a tweet explaining his video.
Back to his usual fully glam self, Charles says he “100% stands behind his past statements.”
He thanks both Westbrook and Jeffree Star for taking some responsibility for blowing this up.
Charles then goes into detail about Coachella explaining that he had artists passes the first weekend but had boy drama. VIP passes were all he could get for the second weekend when he and his friends wanted to go back. However, because the VIP is open to the public he “started getting mobbed”. The Sugarbear vitamins team then saved him based on him signing a contract.
He had to post the video because of the contract even though it did conflict with Westbrook’s personal company.
“After a full week or trying to contact Westbrook,” he decided to give her space.
“I love my mom and she is doing a damn good job,” Charles quickly touched on after Westbrook’s comments about her.
“I don’t get a lot of action” and will never use fame to get action he further explains.
As for the reports that Charles then tried to trick a straight man into thinking he was gay. The man in question even posted his own video confirming that the night was consensual. Charles shows all the conversations between the two to back up his point.
The 45-minute video goes on where he further talks about how Star has added to the drama both “in private and public” all “based on lies.”
The “last few weeks of my life have been the most painful”, adding that he went to a “place so dark that I didn’t think I was going to come back from.”
What’s next? Charles says that he “needs to get my mental health back together” and spending time with his family.
Westbrook heard about the newest video and tweeted about it. “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. 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.”