It seemed like the skyrocketing career of young beauty YouTuber James Charles was over, after makeup guru Tati Westbrook published a slew of damaging claims against him in her viral “Bye Sister” video; while the tables have since turned, it doesn’t look like things are all sunshine and roses for Charles, after all.
While Charles has since reclaimed his 15 million subscriber milestone, the YouTube star is putting a hold on one of his biggest projects of the year - his ‘SISTERS’ live tour, which has officially been canceled in wake of the drama.
Charles made the announcement in a ten-minute-long video on his Instagram story on Friday, May 24, calling the development a “tough decision.”
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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
“The SISTERS tour is not being cancelled because I was ‘cancelled’,” Charles explained. “...the main reason I’m deciding to pull the plug on the tour is because the next few weeks and the next few months, honestly, I said that I wanted to take time for myself and to be with the people who love me, and to focus on things that make me really happy.”
Despite the tour’s cancellation, Charles expressed an intense desire to create another live experience for his fans, claiming that the future tour would be “even more epic than before.”
Charles’ decision to cancel his tour was met with mixed reactions from fans and critics alike, with some viewers expressing major disappointment at the news.
“In my opinion, your decision to cancel your SISTERS tour is very weak,” one concerned father wrote of the matter. “You caved. You gave into what made you.Your fans made you. our passion made you. You broke my daughter’s heart today and for that you lost what made you what you were.”
@jamescharles in my opinion, your decision to cancel your sisters tour is very weak. You caved. You gave into what made you. Your fans made you. Your passion made you. You broke my daughters heart today and for that you lost what made you what you were.
— Bigtime (@4u2nv98) May 25, 2019
“I love you so much and I completely respect your decision to cancel the tour, I’m just very sad, because I was looking forward to seeing you and it was my graduation present,” a fan Tweeted.
@jamescharles I love you so much and I completely respect your decision to cancel the tour I’m just very sad because I was looking forward to seeing you and it was my graduation present
— Brooke Crenshaw (@br00kecrenshaw) May 25, 2019
However, other fans hope that Charles will come back stronger at his next event - which he hinted might go international.