James Charles Just Uploaded His First Video Since The Tati Westbrook Drama — Here’s What He Said

    “After everything that just went on on social media, I just kinda needed some time to detox.”

    After a highly publicised feud with fellow YouTuber Tati Westbrook, followed by a monthlong hiatus from social media, James Charles is officially back.

    You probably don’t need me to remind you what went down last month when Tati uploaded a 43-minute YouTube video titled “Bye Sister”. The ensuing feud took over the entire internet and had literally everybody talking.

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    It all started when James promoted a rival vitamin brand in exchange for artist passes at Coachella. Feeling betrayed, Tati went public, not only calling him out for his decision but also accusing him of preying on straight men while also claiming he had changed due to fame and fortune.

    The effects of the now-deleted video were instant — James began to lose followers at an astonishing rate. In fact, in one day alone, he lost more than a million YouTube subscribers.

    But, not one to take the criticism lying down, James bounced back with a 41-minute video of his own where he addressed the claims made against him.

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    In the video, which has so far been viewed almost 45 million times, James denied many of the claims made against him, providing apparent receipts to back up his story. Immediately, the tide seemed to turn, and James has now regained the majority of the followers that he’d lost.

    On Tuesday, exactly a month to the day since his last YouTube appearance, James made his comeback to the platform, uploading a brand new video titled “Hi Sisters”.

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    In the video, he discussed why he had chosen to take a monthlong break from the internet, provided updates on his mental health, and also referred to his merch drama with Jeffree Star. Here’s what he had to say...

    “For the past three years, I have been literally addicted to filming videos and checking my social media,” James explained. “It got to a point where it was incredibly, incredibly toxic for me and my mental health.”

    Calling his month off “incredible and eye-opening”, James also added that the break had been nothing but positive for his mental health and growth.

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    He said: “I’ve done a lot of growing and thinking. I’m now able to leave my phone in another room and walk out and like, enjoy life, which sounds so stupid, but for me, that’s like, major, major progress. I’m in a better state than I was mental health-wise and I am just so blessed to have the same amazing friends that I have around me.”

    James also alluded to his feud with fellow beauty YouTuber Jeffree Star, who had made comments about James following the Tati situation.

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    Jeffree’s comments began a whole new drama, as James had partnered with Jeffree’s company Killer Merch to sell merch of his own. In the previous video where he addressed the drama, James revealed he had cut ties with Killer Merch and was looking into finding a new company to sell his Sisters Apparel products through.

    Revealing Sisters Apparel had finally found a new company to work alongside, James said: “We did have to switch our merchandise partners, but we have a new company that I’m very, very excited to be working with, and we should be up and running very, very soon.”

    Interestingly, James also revealed that switching merchandise partners had delayed two upcoming Sisters Apparel releases, one of which had been planned to coincide with Pride Month.

    Aside from his hiatus, James revealed that he had also been working on making music, a passion he has been intent on following for a while now.

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    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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