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James Charles releases teary apology after being accused of coercing straight men into having gay sex

James Charles

It’s been a rough several days for social media star James Charles. The CoverGirl model/makeup artist has lost over 2.5 million YouTube subscribers after fellow YouTuber Tati Westbrook severed their friendship by making some pretty shocking claims about him.

The whole thing seems to have started over vitamins. Apparently, both influencers were promoting competing brands of hair growing supplements on their Instagram stories. This led to some catty back and forth. Then things took an ugly turn last Friday when Westbrook posted a YouTube video accusing Charles of making inappropriate sexual advances towards straight men.

In a video titled “Bye Sister,” Westbrook alleges that Charles regularly tried “tricking” straight guys into participating in gay sex acts. Either that or he threatened to destroy their reputations if they don’t go along with his sexual whims.

“You know, it’s really disgusting to manipulate someone’s sexuality,” she scolds in the video, which has garnered almost 40 million views in less than a week, “especially when they are still emerging into adulthood and don’t have everything quite figured out.”

“You are using your fame, your power, your money to play with people’s emotions. You’re threatening to ruin them. You’re threatening to embarrass them. And you’re doing that to have them behave sexually in your favor, even if they’re straight.”

“And you know what?” she says. “That behavior’s not okay.”

Since the controversy, Charles has seen his subscriber count plummet from 16 million to 13.5 million in just a matter of days, with a significant drop happening shortly after Westbrook posted her video. And those numbers only continue to fall.

In response, he issued a teary-eyed video apologizing profusely to Westbrook for the whole vitamin drama and saying he never meant to hurt her by promoting a rival brand.

As for his relationship with straight men, he said: “I’ve been involved in a lot of very unique and strange situations that have left people confused or upset, and I learned the hard way about ways I can interact with boys I’m interested in.”

“This is a conversation that I know a lot of people are uncomfortable with, and it’s something I should have been far more careful with, bringing into the public eye.”

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