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Jeffree Star reveals why he took back Aston Martin he gave to ex Nathan

Published: 25/Mar/2020 18:14

by Virginia Glaze


YouTuber and makeup mogul Jeffree Star confirmed rumors that he’d split with longtime boyfriend Nathan Schwandt in January — but their breakup is still making waves months later, thanks to an update on an old video.

Star surprised Nathan by selling his Bentley for a brand-new Aston Martin, which he recorded and uploaded in a video in summer 2019 — a vehicle he claimed was his “dream car.”

While Schwandt seemed fairly nonplussed by the goings-on, it stood as a testament to their relationship that Star would make such a huge purchase for his boyfriend.

However, it turns out that the entire surprise was staged, as Star revealed nearly a year later after updating the video’s description following their parting in January.

According to the beauty guru, they’d completely faked the entire stunt, with Star claiming that he’d received “hundreds” of questions from fans asking about the fate of the luxury car.

“The car was always mine and in my name,” he explained. “I paid for it and always dreamed of owning an Aston Martin from watching James Bond 007 movies as a kid! We did this video to create content and do something fun, but sadly, this was us acting and was not a real, genuine surprise.”

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Jeffree Star updated his video’s description to explain the fate of the Aston Martin he’d gifted ex-boyfriend Nathan Schwandt – although this update has since been removed.

That’s not all; Star even updated the video’s title from “Surprising my boyfriend with his dream car!” to “Pretending to surprise my ex-boyfriend with his dream car” — but both the new title and video description have been removed by the time of writing.

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Jeffree Star similarly updated the title of the video, although it has since been changed to its original form.

Despite the tone surrounding Star’s explanation, his emotional video about his breakup with Schwandt claimed that their split was mutual, with Star stating that they still have love for each other in spite of deciding to end their five-year relationship.

“A few years ago, Nathan lost his grandfather in a very tragic way,” Star explained. “We lost two dogs last year… We still haven’t even fully processed that. He hasn’t fully processed his grandfather. We haven’t even fully processed our dogs fully because this lifestyle is so crazy.”

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YouTuber Jeffree Star finally came clean about his breakup with Schwandt in January 2020, explaining that the two had made a mutual decision to part ways.

Fans’ questions regarding the matter are finally sated, with Star providing some tongue-in-cheek humor in spite of their painful split.

Now, it seems that the star is tying up any loose ends in the fallout — including his pricey Aston Martin.


Shroud claims Twitch streamers should “unite” to overturn DMCA rules

Published: 25/Oct/2020 3:59 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 4:44

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has claimed streamers should have taken a “united front” on the new DMCA rules to try and force Twitch to overturn them, and “could have won” if they did, after thousands of streamers deleted their old VODs to avoid being taken down, some dating back nearly a decade.

Twitch has ramped up its efforts in cracking down on streamers using licensed music. Streamers around the world have been rattled and rocked after receiving DMCA takedown notifications, with a massive wave sweeping across the platform on October 20.

It happened because most streamers play music in their streams, which means it’s also included in their library of video clips and VODs.

It’s a controversial issue that has happened in the past, but the latest ‘DMCA Bloodbath’ has been the biggest one yet. Hundreds of partnered streamers have been forced to take down and delete years worth of content, and it’s sparked a lot of outrage from streamers and viewers alike.

Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek mulled over the issue in his latest stream, and he came to the conclusion that streamers didn’t play their cards right. He believes they should have taken a “united front” on the issue and “hurt themselves” by not doing it sooner.

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Shroud believes Twitch streamers needed to be on a “united front” to tackle the DMCA crackdown.

The first point shroud made was that, even if streamers obtained a license to skirt around the DMCA issues and play music on their stream, it wouldn’t solve the issue. 

“If I was to get a license to play music on my stream, Twitch would not know,” he said. “Therefore, their Twitch music… algorithm that mutes VODs would still mute my VOD even though… I legally can do it.”

“So even getting a license right now doesn’t matter,” he added. “Because… you’re still going to get cucked.”

Shroud went on to describe the whole situation as “strange” because playing in silence for a moment.  Then, he had another flurry of thoughts, which brought him to his final point that streamers should have been more united.

“If we as streamers took a united front and we didn’t just make rational f**king decisions and just start deleting sh*t, we actually could have won,” he said. “But now we hurt ourselves, so that sucks, but it is what it is. We folded. We’re a bunch of bi*ches.”

Shroud is referring to the fact that practically every streamer has been outraged by the decision. However, they ultimately succumbed to Twitch’s demands and deleted their VODS to avoid potential issues.

Many people will believe his frustration is warranted. However, at the same time, nobody can really blame other streamers for adhering to Twitch’s demands. After all, their livelihood depends on it.

The key takeaway, however, is that streamers could take shroud’s opinion on board in the future. If anything, partnered streamers are all pillars in the community. It couldn’t hurt for them to unite on matters when they really have to.

At the end of the day, workers in the ‘real world’ have associations, bodies, and unions to support them. So why should it be any different for streamers?