Following his all-out feud with fellow YouTuber Tati Westbrook on social media, makeup artist James Charles has found solace in Kylie Jenner and baby Stormi. Charles, who lost millions of fans following allegations of sexual misconduct, has been shunned by numerous celebrities, such as Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian, Shawn Mendes, Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea and Katy Perry.
Although Charles recently stated that he was taking time off to focus on his mental health and his family, he was just spotted at the launch party for Jenner’s skincare line, Kylie Skin. The YouTuber, 20, was also seen hanging out with the Jenner, 21, at a birthday party for the three-year-old daughter of Catherine Paiz and Austin McBroom, aka the ACE Family.
Charles, who recently canceled his upcoming 24-city Sisters Tour, explained his decision on his Instagram Story. “Obviously the past few weeks have been a roller coaster and I’ve been dealing with this,” he said. “I am trying to move on with my life and focus on good things that make me happy and they can take my mind off of things. I feel that I can’t deliver that best version of James right now, and that sucks but I’m working on it, I promise.”
Though some followers wondered why Jenner and Charles were hanging out since she didn’t appear to be following him on Instagram, Charles quickly replied that she had never followed him in the first place.
The feud between Charles and Westbrook erupted after she called him out for promoting Sugar Bear Hair vitamins, one of her Halo Beauty competitors. Westbrook, who said that she felt “betrayed” and “lost” also slammed him for what she perceived as sexual manipulation of seemingly straight men. Charles initially responded with an apology video, but then posted a second video titled “No More Lies,” in which he addressed Westbrook’s accusations.
“I have never and would never and will never use my fame, money or power to manipulate or get any sexual actions from a guy. That is disgusting. It is not me and the fact that Tati brought this up blows my mind,” he said. He also added that he was a virgin and naïve.
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taking some business calls & washing away my teenage years 💧🧼💕 thank u all so much for the birthday wishes today 🥺 I’m not just a kid with some blending brushes anymore... I’m officially 20 years old!? growing up on social media has been such a strange experience - it’s amazing but also so scary to be a role model. I’ve made a lot of mistakes but being able to learn and grow along with you guys has made me such a strong person and I look forward to doing it more and more as the years go by. thank you for the love and support through everything. ily
On Twitter, Westbrook wrote that she was ready to move on and asked fans to do the same. The damage, however, was already done as millions of followers had unsubscribed from Charles’ YouTube channel. “I will not be making any further public comments and I hope and pray that no one else will make any more hurtful statements on my behalf,” she wrote.
Westbrook has also deleted the initial video that sparked the controversy. Meanwhile, Charles has managed to recoup many of his followers. Despite turning to Jenner in his time of need, Charles and the Kardashian’s have had a fraught relationship.
In 2017, he blasted Kim Kardashian for a campaign advertising her beauty range, which he felt unfairly excluded representations of male beauty. Then he went after Jenner for what he perceived as overpriced makeup brushes. On Kylie Cosmetics' official Twitter account, he wrote, "I love Kylie but what the f***?? For $360 those brushes better do my makeup FOR me and face tune my photos after too."