- Beauty YouTuber Tati Westbrook posted a new video titled “Why I Did It …” in the wake of her feud with friend and mentee James Charles.
- “I do really want the hate to stop,” she told her viewers while talking about the controversy.
- She said that she still has love for Charles, though she hopes he can address “things within himself and understands the power that he has.”
- Westbrook also said she’ll be taking a break from YouTube and social media.
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Beauty YouTuber Tati Westbrook shocked everyone a week ago when she made a video criticizing her friend and mentee James Charles’ behavior. On Thursday, she posted a follow-up video in the wake of the fallout.
In the new 18-minute video titled “Why I Did It … ,” Westbrook says she’s taking a “time out” and hopes that the hate for Charles will stop.
Westbrook initially posted a video titled “BYE SISTER …” on May 10, in which she said “fame, power, and a fat bank account” had changed Charles. She also accused him of trying to manipulate others and use friends for fame. The catalyst for the video seemed to be a promotion Charles made on his Instagram story for vitamin company Sugar Bear Hair, a direct competitor to Westbrook’s line of beauty vitamins.
The controversy led to Charles losing three million subscribers, while Westbrook’s following increased from six million to 10 million.
“I do really 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,” Westbrook said in her video.
Westbrook added that she had private conversations with Charles before the video and that she still has love for him.
“I don’t hate James Charles. I don’t want you guys hating on him,” she told her viewers. “I can’t even go online right now. It’s painful to watch someone that you have cared about be dragged and to know that this all started because of me, and I don’t think anyone deserves that.”
She also addressed the new batch of subscribers she’s gained in the wake of the scandal.
“There is no celebration in what’s happening,” Westbrook said. “And if I could give all of the new success back and the new subscribers back, I would. That’s not why I did this.”
Westbrook was seen by many as an instrumental part of Charles’ success when she featured him in a video in January 2017, and she said that she thinks the 19-year-old’s career is far from over, though she may no longer be a part of it.
“I don’t think his career is over. I don’t think he’s canceled,” she said. “I think he needs some help and I think he needs better people around him, and I know I will never be that person again.”
She went on to say that she’s taking a break from YouTube and social media, though she said she will be posting some pre-filmed video in the meantime. She also hopes Charles will do the same.
“I hope that James takes a time out and that he addresses things within himself and understands the power that he has,” she said.
Representatives for Tati Westbrook, James Charles, and Sugar Bear Hair did not immediately reply to INSIDER’s request for comment.
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