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James Charles addresses surgery rumors in new YouTube video

by Virginia Glaze
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YouTube star and makeup mogul James Charles is one of the net’s most popular beauty gurus — but his stardom has stirred up some uncouth rumors regarding his body parts.

Aside from his skillful makeup looks, Charles is also known for his bold fashion sense, having made international headlines thanks to his daring look for Coachella 2019.

However, some critics have used his outfits as a means to spread invasive rumors about the star, as revealed during his TikTok reaction video on February 21.

James Charles, Instagram
James Charles is one of YouTube's top beauty gurus, boasting over 16.7 million subscribers on the site.

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In the video, Charles reacted to fans’ TikToks about him, one of which joked that he’d had his external genitalia removed by showing photos of the content creator wearing skin-tight biker shorts and other such clothing items.

Although he found the video funny, Charles took the opportunity to put a stop to the rumors once and for all, clarifying that he had not removed his genitals, as some have speculated online.

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Some of James Charles' more daring outfits have received some inappropriate jokes and speculation from critics.

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“Speaking on this topic — especially in recent TikToks, where I have worn biker shorts — there is a rumor,” he began. “And that is that I no longer have my, umm… ‘sister schlong.’ I’m here to set the record straight: it is, in fact, still there.”

He went on to explain why some fans might have come to that conclusion, clarifying that certain pants — like biker shorts, for instance — can have a flattening effect on the body.

“I wear biker shorts, and sometimes, tight-fitting clothing,” he continued. “So therefore, it goes… tucked underneath. This is so uncomfortable to talk about! I wanna be done!”

(Topic begins at 12:26 for mobile readers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sk-9hqf8vY

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This isn’t the first time the YouTuber has addressed speculation of getting certain surgeries or even being transgender: during a 2016 interview on The Ellen Show, Charles claimed that some members of his family mistook him for being transgender, which he clarified was not the case.

“Men in makeup, obviously, is a very new concept,” the star, who identifies as gay, explained. “It has not been widely accepted in the past.”

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James Charles' 2016 appearance on The Ellen Show saw him reveal that some members of his family mistook him for being transgender.

With great fame comes equally intense speculation, but thanks to his years in front of the camera, Charles knows how to put these rumors to bed — and even managed get a laugh out of the issue, too.