In the days following Tati Westbrook’s “Bye Sister” YouTube video about her feud with longtime friend James Charles, the beauty guru seemingly took a hiatus from social media … until now, that is. Breaking her silence on Monday, May 13, Tati, 37, shared a heartfelt message with her fans.
“There won’t be a video tomorrow. My heart is still too heavy,” the Halo Beauty founder wrote. “I feel like I need to remind you that we can hold truth and inspire change without grabbing onto hate,” she continued. “Honor your blessings, don’t abuse them. Celebrating pain will only bring it to your door. Love you guys, see you soon.”
There won't be a video tomorrow. My heart is still too heavy. I feel like I need to remind you that we can hold truth & inspire change without grabbing onto hate. Honor your blessings, don't abuse them. Celebrating pain will only bring it to your door. love you guys, see you soon
— Tati Westbrook (@GlamLifeGuru) May 13, 2019
Given the overwhelming backlash the 19-year-old makeup artist continues to receive, as well as his plummeting subscriber count on YouTube, we’re surprised to see that the responses to Tati’s message are mostly in support of her feelings and not bashing James. “You did a good thing. I know this is definitely overwhelming and you have every right to take a break. You helped people find the courage to speak. You are amazing,” one user commented.
“We are totally with you! Don’t feel sad or stressed. This was the right thing. So, just go ahead, we’ll all be fine,” added another. It’s clear that Tati’s followers understand that her decision to expose James was not an easy one. “If you’re scared to speak up … it’s usually a sign that you should,” the makeup mogul wrote just hours before publishing her scathing tell-all.
During the 43-minute clip — that currently has over 34 million views — Tati details the dissolution of her friendship with James over a brand promotion dispute, in addition to describing behaviors she believed were predatory that were exhibited. According to Tati, James has, on a number of occasions, tried to convince straight young men they were gay and to be with him through his celebrity and money, which she said was “disgusting” and “manipulative.”
Despite releasing an apology video of his own, James only very briefly addressed these accusations, claiming that he has “learned the hard way about ways [he] can interact with boys that [he’s] interested in” and boys he “should or shouldn’t be talking to.”