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Jeffree star allegedly backs down from James Charles beef over fear of being “exposed”

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular beauty YouTuber James Charles made the comeback of a lifetime, following damaging allegations brought forward by fellow YouTubers Tati Westbrook and Jeffree Star - the latter of whom claimed to have “receipts” that would expose Charles for “mass manipulation” of his fanbase.

However, Star quickly backed down from his vehement stance against Charles, uploading a YouTube video on May 19 calling for an end to the drama where he apologized to the young beauty guru.

“I don’t want to play the games anymore,” Star explained. “...I am not going to fuel this fire bigger so everyone can get more entertainment. Because, behind the scenes, this isn’t funny. These are our real lives.”

Despite his explanation, some sources are claiming that Star’s real reasons for stepping away from the drama were over fear of being “exposed” for certain dirt that Charles has on the makeup mogul.

Celebrity news outlet Hollywood Life reported that sources close to the matter claimed that Star had pulled out of the scandal for this very reason - a likely story, given that he suddenly changed his tune on the subject despite calling Charles a “predator” and a “danger to society” in now-deleted Tweets.

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Both Star and Tati have since moved away from the subject, with Tati stating that she will no longer make “any further public comments” on the matter following her “digital break” from social media.

James Charles’ comeback came as a major surprise to fans across the net, after Tati had accused the YouTuber of using his fame to “manipulate” the sexuality of straight men and promoting her direct competitor, ‘SugarBearHear,’ without proper warning - despite their former status as close friends.

Tati Westbrook, YouTube
Tati Westbrook, YouTube
The longtime friendship between YouTubers Tati Westbrook and James Charles came to a grinding halt, after Westbrook made damaging claims against Charles in her viral "Bye Sister" video in early May.

Charles later debunked each and every claim Tati had made in a following video, where he used screenshots of texts as proof of his counterpoints, and even addressed allegations made by Star, in the process.

Although he lost nearly 3 million subscribers in wake of the debacle, Charles has since managed to regain his 15 million subscriber milestone following the release of his “No More Lies” video, despite doubts that he would ever recover from the drama.