Beauty vlogger NikkieTutorials — whose real name is Nikkie de Jager —  has responded to the controversy surrounding Jeffree Star‘s recently announced “Cremated” palette, and she had a lot to say about it.

As fans know, the two YouTube stars had some major beef in the past, but from the looks of it, they’re total BFFs now. Get this — while talking about the new makeup line in her most recent video, Nikkie revealed that she’s known about it for months! Yep, Jeffree invited her over during a trip to Los Angeles and showed her the entire collection back in January.

“I have to agree with the people out there that say the timing is a little… eh,” she admitted. “I’m not defending anyone … After I taped my appearance on [The Ellen DeGeneres Show] in January, I actually visited Jeffree the day after or somewhere near it. And Jeffree actually showed me this palette, and he told me that it was geared for April, he had been working on it for so long. And that tells you that creating makeup isn’t done in two weeks, it isn’t done in two months.”

She continued, “But I feel like the thing is though, it wouldn’t have mattered if he came out with this right now or in a couple of months. We’re going to have to deal with the virus for the next couple of years probably, so it wouldn’t have mattered when this would have come out because the theme is ‘Creamated.’ So, it would have hurt people either way.”

For those who missed it, after showing off the new eyeshadow in an Instagram post from Friday, May 15, Jeffree started to receive major backlash. Some people were seriously not happy with the name and felt that it was “insensitive” amid the coronavirus pandemic. He has since responded in a lengthy YouTube video,

“For me, this is art and I never come from a negative place, you guys,” the 34-year-old explained in the recently uploaded, 21-minute video. “So if you were thinking that, absolutely not. My brand is to, like, I created this to make people smile. I create a brand for all the weirdos and people that really didn’t feel like they fit in. So, in no way was this created to be offensive, ever.”

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