Since becoming a YouTube beauty guru, James Charles has been involved in a number of scandals and feuds, including accusations of messaging underage boys via social media.
In April 2021, the beauty guru spoke out and addressed all the allegations in a 14-minute video titled, “Holding Myself Accountable.”
“I owe a massive apology to anybody I have hurt or anybody I made uncomfortable with my actions. I want to make it really, really clear that I fully understand my actions and how they are wrong. There are no excuses for them and I don’t plan on making any,” James told viewers. “Within the past couple of weeks, two different people, both under the age of 18, have recently come forward saying that they had inappropriate messages from me on social media. One of them being from last year and one of them being more recent.”
According to James, on both separate occasions, the boys told him they were 18 and he believed them. After they flirted on social media, and James discovered they were younger than they said, he claimed that he blocked the users immediately. “I realized the receipts and screenshots and specific details of the interaction really don’t matter because I f–ked up,” the internet star said. “I need to take accountability for my actions and most importantly apologize to the people who were hurt by them.”
This video comes a little over a month after one of the boys came out in a TikTok video and alleged that James groomed him, accusations the YouTuber denied on Twitter. “The accusation that I have groomed this person is completely false,” James wrote at the time. The makeup artist also said he told the boy he “was really uncomfortable and apologized for flirting” and insisted that he was not “victim blaming” or “victimizing” himself.
“After false allegations like this in the past, I would never knowingly engage with anyone underage and put my life on the line for a few Snapchats,” James added. In a statement to Insider, the boy in question denied lying about his age.
Concluding his April apology video, James promised to “change.”
“This whole situation has been embarrassing and I’m ashamed but like I said, I’m now educated and fully understand what went on,” he said. “I’m going to be taking some time away to reflect and further educate myself on these topics.”
Since the allegations first came to light, James’ name has been trending on Twitter with some fans bringing up the makeup artist’s past scandals. Scroll through our gallery for a breakdown of them all.
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