The mother of YouTube’s beauty community has spoken.
Tati Westbrook, known simply by her first name through her insanely popular YouTube channel, has broken her silence Friday on the drama with beauty guru James Charles. In Westbrook’s most recent upload, she not only addressed the drama at length but officially called to cut ties with the 19-year-old.
“I know [James] has a way of getting what he wants,” Westbrook said toward the beginning of the nearly 45-minute video. “There’s so much going on with James Charles right now that I do not support, that I do not agree with.”
“Fame, power and a fat bank account will change almost anyone,” she added. “If you don’t have people that will tell you to your face that you are doing the wrong things, you will change.”
“I tried to be that person for you, James. I really tried,” Westbrook continued. “I don’t think there’s any getting through to you and I don’t want to be friends with you, I don’t want to be associated with you and I need to say that very publically so that chapter can be closed.”
For those that have not kept up with the recent, dramatic development within YouTube’s beauty community, here is a full timeline:
April 22, 2019
Charles posts an advertised video on his Instagram story, promoting hair and sleep vitamins from the company Sugar Bear Hair. The company is regularly endorsed by various influencers, including the Kardashians, but the 19-year-old’s involvement was the epicenter of the very public blowout.
Westbrook owns and operates her own hair supplement company known as Halo Beauty and later posted her own Instagram story saying she felt “betrayed” and “lost” within the beauty community.
“Through this whole journey in YouTube, I feel like have been someone who’s been super supportive to my friends,” Westbrook said at the time, tears welling in her eyes. “When you do so much for people in your life and they not only don’t return the favor, but they just don’t even see you… I feel really used.”
April 23, 2019
Following Westbrook’s tear-filled Instagram video, many on social media began to point fingers at Charles. The 19-year-old then took to his own social media platform to publicly apologize to his “close friend.”
“I want to publicly apologize to my close friend, Tati,” Charles began. “She has been like a mother to me since my first days in this industry and has given me more love, support, resources and advice than I could ever ask for.”
“This weekend I did an Instagram story for sleep vitamins that I’ve been taking because the brand helped me with security when the crowd around me at Coachella became unsafe. I did not accept any money from this post,” he continued. “Tati has a vitamin brand which I take on a daily basis, but in the moment, I did not think about the competition.”
He concluded: “I’ve supported Tati both online and off like she has done for me and am devastated that I hurt someone that I truly love and have endless respect for.”
May 4, 2019
Over a week after the initial post by both Charles and Westbrook, the drama between the two was still a trending topic with the beauty community. Anger was reignited, however, when fellow beauty guru Gabriel Zamora posted his “Makeup and Opinions” video, publicly calling out Westbrook’s “fraudulent behavior.”
May 10, 2019
Now the most recent development is Westbrook’s explanation of the entire situation, while also acknowledging Zamora’s video saying, “it’s way more than just vitamins.”
Charles has not addressed Westbrook’s latest upload, but the 37-year-old followed up her YouTube with the tweet: “If you’re scared to speak up… it’s usually a sign that you should.”