'Why I Did It': Tati Westbrook Speaks Out After Calling Out James Charles
Tati Westbrook has responded to the backlash against former friend James Charles in her latest video.
Dropping a video titled 'Why I Did it ...', the makeup vlogger spoke out on the drama involving makeup vlogger James Charles, saying she "never in a million years thought the situation would become what it did."
"I do really want the hate to stop, I want the picking sides and the abusive memes and the language -- all of that -- I really hope on both sides it can stop, that's not why I made the video," she began in 18-minute clip.
"I want to share with you guys why I did it," she said, adding, "I was trying to reach someone who was unreachable and I had been trying to deliver the same message so many times because it wasn't just about one thing."
"The thing is, it's about a lot -- a lot I didn't even talk about. It's about someone who reaches across 30 million people -- who are predominantly children -- who is losing the ability to be honest more and more each day. I'm losing the ability to reach [out to him]."
And while she said in the original video that she no longer wished to associate with the 19-year-old, she added, "I don't hate James Charles. I don't want you guys hating on him."
She went on to say that she would continue to take a step back from YouTube following the saga, adding that she will instead upload pre-recorded content while she takes time out from the platform.
She goes on to confirm that she is indeed taking a break from YouTube while the drama fizzles out.
"So, yes, I am hurting, but so is James and so is our community and a huge audience and I guess I just pray that we can all just be kind with each other through this," she said.
"I'm going to take a time-out and I'm going to come back and I'm going to continue to play with make-up because it makes me the happiest and I promise you, I am going to hold myself to an even higher standard because this is forcing me to really look at what really matters, and is working so much really worth it?"
Meanwhile, fans have praised the beauty vlogger for taking a stand on the issue and speaking out against social media bullying.
The entire drama began after Tati released a YouTube video titled 'BYE SISTER ... ' where she alleged that James was "unsupportive", "ungrateful", as and that he "trick straight men into thinking they're gay" by using his "fame, power and money to play with people's emotions".
James has since lost about three million YouTube subscribers following the bombshell, while Tati has gained a whopping five million.