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Tati Westbrook Just Posted a 40-Min Video Spilling Beauty Drama Tea

The new 40-minute Tati Westbrook video addresses her past feud with James Charles and accussing Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star of “manipulating” her.
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After some fan speculation, it’s official: Tati Westbrook has returned to YouTube. In a new 40-minute video — aptly and ominously titled “BREAKING MY SILENCE …” — posted on June 30, the beauty YouTuber took the opportunity to address beauty drama regarding Jeffree Star, Shane Dawson, James Charles, and her infamous “Bye Sister” video that shook the beauty world last May.

Tati begins the video addressing her past with then BFF-turned-frenemy (and now turned-BFF again) James Charles. Tati starts the video explaining that she and James have since reconciled since Dramaggedon 2.0, explaining that James came to her house last December to work out matters privately. “We apologized to each other, forgave each other, and agreed to wait patiently until it was safe for me to share my story. Since that night, James Charles has repeatedly said he wanted to be beside me for this video, but I felt it was important that I do it alone because he deserves my first apology, and I am really sorry, James,” she adds as she gets teary-eyed.

She adds, “I did not lie in that video. I never called James Charles a predator, and I never said that James Charles is a danger to society. My video was not made with any malice… Prior to the scandal last May, I started growing frustrated with what I perceived as a progressing sense of entitlement… None of my concerns became overwhelming until after I met Shane Dawson.”

Tati claims that prior to releasing the video, she spoke with until now power duo Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson about James multiple times and they told her they had witnessed “predatory behavior” from the now 21-year old makeup artist. Concerned for James, Tati says she believed all that had been told to her and proceeded to make the “Bye Sisters” video in an effort to “stop him from hurting more people.” 

Tati also claims she was “manipulated” into making the now-infamous video. “I did not make my video because of vitamins. I made it as a result of all the poisonous lies that were fed to be by Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star,” she states. Tati claims that Jeffree had sent her the much-questioned audio recording of someone alleging to have been hurt in some way by James, explaining, “The audio was clearly a small portion of a large conversation. It wasn’t enough for me to contact the authorities. It was enough to scare me.”

Throughout the video, Tati makes many more claims — including that Jeffree is a co-owner of beauty brand Morphe and that he has the power to “blackmail” the whole beauty guru industry, that she requested the drama not be put in Shane’s YouTube docu-series about the beauty world, and that she’s spoken to neither Jeffree nor Shane on the phone since the night Jeffree released his YouTube video regarding the scandal last year. She also addressed Shane’s recent apology-meet-callout videos, dubbing their nature as “defamatory.”

In the midst of explaining the drama, Tati also apologizes to fellow beauty YouTuber Jackie Aina for not defending her when Jeffree “went off” on her. “The moment that Jeffree went of on you, the day before my first video collab with him went live, I should have run for the hills,” Tati says. “I was naive and I was excited about the video. I got it twisted that you’d provoked Jeffree because you were angry that I’d filmed with someone who had a history of being labeled by others as ‘a racist’. Jackie, I’m sorry that I did not do the right thing and walked away from him then.”

Towards the ends of the video, Tati also threatened to take legal action if needed. “As for everyone else involved that did anything underhanded or defamatory over the last year, I am still well within the statute of limitations of bringing a civil action to seek recovery for my damages,” she says. “Should I proceed with this course of action, my attorneys will be deposing all witnesses who have information about the truth of what happened here.”

Teen Vogue has reached out to Jeffree Star and James Charles for comment.

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