AceShowbiz - The YouTube industry is currently in an uproar over the brewing feud between beauty bloggers Tati Westbrook and James Charles, who are widely known as best friends. After weeks of speculation, the former has finally broken her silence and confirmed that she and the 19-year-old star are indeed having a fallout.
It all started during the first week of Coachella, when James promoted Sugar Bear Hair Care vitamins, which is a competitor to Tati's hair supplement company, Halo Beauty. Fans began speculating that the two were fighting after the 37-year-old admitted to feeling "betrayed" and "lost," without mentioning James' name at all.
He later apologized to Tati through Instagram Stories, explaining that he actually didn't receive any money from the brand. "I've supported Tati both online and off like she has done for me and am devastated that I hurt someone that I truly love and have endless respect for," he said in the now-deleted post.
Tati remained silent after that, but finally spoke out by sharing a YouTube video addressing the situation. Titled "Bye Sister...", the video saw a sad Tati confessing her disappointment in James. Suggesting that privilege had changed her former best friend, she said, "Fame, power and a fat bank account will change almost anyone. If you don't have people that will tell you to your face that you are doing the wrong things, you will change."
Spilling the tea with her viewers, she went on accusing James of making up lies about her, taking advantage of others and making inappropriate comments about wanting to hook up with a straight waiter while disregarding his sexual orientation. "How entitled do you have to be to think that you have it rough? You are a 19-year-old millionaire," she said. "You do not get to wake up and stress out about how unfair your job is. That is so ridiculous to me."
"Get off your high horse and have some respect. You don't have any for the people who are in this industry and that's the sad fact," she continued, adding that James needs to be a better role model for his younger fans. "His behavior online is what they are seeing and emulating to be successful and adored by the masses. Everything is over sexualized and that's the huge under-layer to this that I've finally have had enough."
Announcing that she had severed ties with James, Tati said, "I don't think there's any getting through to you and I don't want to be friends with you. I don't want to be associated with you and I need to say that very publicly so that chapter can be closed."
James has since posted a tearful apology video for Tati, but many of her fans didn't buy it. They believed that his apology was insincere. Meanwhile, Tati has yet to respond to this.