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James Charles responds to "frustrating" Tinder allegations

by Virginia Glaze

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Makeup mogul James Charles made headlines in May after mentor Tati Westbrook accused him of using his fame to manipulate straight men – and it doesn’t look like these accusations are dying down.

While Charles made the comeback of a lifetime after exposing Tati’s “Lies” in a forty-minute long video. the speculation surrounding her allegations continues to follow the beauty guru into the winter months.

In early December, critics accused the YouTuber of identifying as “female” on dating apps to lure in straight men – an allegation that has been noted across the net by Distractify.

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In fact, a fellow YouTuber by the name of “Dustin Dailey” appeared to reference the matter in a series of Tweets on December 4, where he aired his grievances concerning matching up with possible partners on Tinder.

“If you identify as a gay man, do not set your Tinder settings to female for straight men to find you,” he wrote, repeating the line. “That’s all.”

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While Dailey made no mention of Charles in his post, his comments seemed to put the beauty star on edge, who popped off in a long string of Tweets concerning the past controversy surrounding his fame and love life.

“I’m so sick of people talking about this,” he wrote. “My identity on dating apps was listed as ‘androgynous’ - someone who expresses themselves in both feminine & masculine ways. NOT a female to ‘trick’ anyone.”

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Charles went on to clarify that he has never attempted to “bait” straight men using dating apps, and even deleted such applications from his phone after receiving “harassment” from critics hoping to “make a spectacle” out of him in wake of Tati’s accusations.

However, when a fan brought up the fact that Dailey did not mention him in his post, Charles was quick with a comeback, arguing that “I have a right to stand up for myself when I’m being labeled as a predator.”

Considering the mass backlash he received after Tati’s video went viral, it isn’t completely unsurprising that Charles is defensive about what could be attacks on his character - but Dailey posted a video clarifying that his Tweet was not in reference to the young star’s past drama, whatsoever.

Although he may have recovered from his beef with Tati, it seems that her accusations are continuing to follow the star, with no thanks to social media.