After almost three months of being off of YouTube, James Charles has returned to the platform to apologize for his past behavior. For those who missed it, the YouTuber took a break back in April after he was accused of sending inappropriate messages to minors online and asking for pictures of their “bodies,” and now, he has addressed the entire situation.
James Charles Owned Up To His Mistakes
In a new video titled “An Open Conversation,” Charles admitted that it would be “ridiculous and irresponsible to try to just come back to social media and pretend like nothing happened, and move on with regularly scheduled makeup programming.” He added that the claims — which were made by two 16 year old guys — were “the worst but most important wake-up call of his entire life for a lot of different reasons.”
For those who don’t know, the beauty guru claimed when everything first went down that the guys had lied about their ages, and that they told him they were 18. He admitted to “engaging in flirty conversation” with them, until he learned their real ages. He also said from now on he was going to “ask to see the ID or passport of every [person] he has a conversation with.” At the time, his YouTube channel was temporarily demonetized, he was dropped by the cosmetics brand Morphe and eventually, he took a break from posting videos.
“This is by far the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to me,” he said in the new vlog. “At the end of the day, as the adult and the person with the platform, it was 1,000 percent my responsibility to be doing my due diligence and checking into the people that I was speaking to, and I failed to do that. I am so, so sorry for disappointing you guys and letting you down once again. As scary as it is to think about, I’ve also come to terms with the fact that this isn’t just something that I can move on from. I am aware that, you know, no matter what I say in this video or 10 videos down the line, or a year’s worth of videos down the line, these stories and accusations are going to follow me for the rest of my life and the rest of my career, and that sucks so much. It’s so horrifying and embarrassing, but at the end of the day, it’s my own fault and my own responsibility to, you know, take accountability for what I did.”
He Has Received A Lot Of Backlash For The Video
However, many fans were not here for his apology video. Why? Well, while he addressed the allegations, he did his makeup — in a “Getting Ready With”-type video format — and some people felt that was not appropriate considering the sensitive subject matter.
“How do you film a video of ‘holding yourself accountable’ whilst doing makeup? Has James Charles lost all sense and self awareness?” one person wrote on Twitter, with another adding, “I know James Charles did not just upload a video of him talking about his SA allegations while doing his makeup.”
In the video, the makeup mogul explained why he wanted to format the video that way. He said it was because he “missed doing makeup so, so much” and that he “really wanna do a pretty look for today’s video.”
This Isn’t The First Time James Charles Came Under Fire
As fans know, this isn’t the first time the influencer has come under fire for this actions. Back in 2017, he was slammed online after he joked about contracting the Ebola virus while visiting South Africa. Fans were also not happy with him when he left inappropriate comments on Shawn Mendes‘ Instagram livestream, which appeared to make the singer uncomfortable. The situation must have caught the “In My Blood” crooner’s attention because he actually DM’d Charles afterwards on Twitter to clear the air! And it turns out, he wasn’t offended at all by Charles’ actions after all.
Most famously, in 2019, his former friend Tati Westbrook posted a tell-all video, where she claimed Charles was a bad friend and accused him of lying and manipulating people, after he supported one of her rival vitamin companies. She also accused him of using his fame to sexually manipulate boys. At the time, Jeffree Star also got involved and called him a “danger to society.” A few weeks later, however, the Sisters Apparel founder uploaded a video of his own, which included alleged screenshots of text messages and DMs that seemingly proved her allegations to be false.
He Doesn’t Want This To Be Referred To As A Scandal
Charles explained that he doesn’t want people referring to this situation as a “scandal” since it’s “just not an appropriate word to be using with this situation.”
“There’s no denying that I’ve been in my fair share of scandals online, but using that word with this situation just feels really, really wrong, and it really feels like it’s making light of what actually happened,” he added. “I don’t want to do that. I definitely have not been taking this lightly.”