Former LA Ink star, tattoo artist and cosmetics creator Kat Von D has publicly distanced herself from fellow makeup artist Jeffree Star over his “bullying” attitude, releasing a “tell-all” YouTube video.
After years of making excuses for, and rationalizing Jeffree’s inappropriate behavior (including, promoting drug use, racism, and bullying) I can no longer hold my tongue after recent events. I know that over the years, many of you were introduced to Jeffree through me, and regardless if you chose to continue to follow him or not, I just would like to disassociate myself from him and his brand from this point on. I plan on posting a video explanation as to why I felt compelled to make such a statement. But for the time being, I simply want to apologize to anybody and everybody who has ever had to deal with any of his negativity. And yes, with a heavy heart, I will be pulling the shade “Jeffree” from my collection. Sending extra love to everyone out there. ❤️
In the video and accompanying Instagram post, Von D declared their nearly 10-year friendship over.
“After years of making excuses for and rationalising Jeffree’s inappropriate behaviour (including promoting drug use, racism, and bullying) I can no longer hold my tongue after recent events,” she wrote.
A former MySpace musician and founder of Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Star has recently faced accusations of bullying through comments he made against fellow YouTubers who had given his range of liquid lipsticks, lip scrubs and eyeshadows negative reviews.
Yassssss #makeupporn brought to you by @milkamireille ???????????? #beautykiller #skinfrost #jeffreestarcosmetics A photo posted by Jeffree Star (@jeffreestar) on Jul 7, 2016 at 4:38pm PDT
He also allegedly threatened to beat up fellow Instagram beauty guru MakeupByShayla. Star tweeted, “All these Instagram girls are all talk. I’ll beat you to the f**king ground and mean it”, after claiming Shayla told his friend Mariale she needed lip fillers to fix her “disproportionate” face.
There was also controversy when the 30-year-old filmed himself on Snapchat throwing Kylie Jenner’s lip glosses in the rubbish bin, an act he later addressed in a video, explaining he was disappointed in the products and did so as a consumer. (Post continues after gallery.)
In Von D’s YouTube video, entitled “Jeffree Star: It’s so much easier to do the right thing”, she also alleges he stole the artwork used for his products by not paying the artist, B.J Betts, whom Von D had recommended to him.
“BJ drew all his logos and Jeffree went forward with them – and it’s the logos you see now on all the caps on his lipsticks. [Star] never, never paid BJ,” she claims, showing images of the original sketches on her phone.
“BJ would call him, and Jeffree basically blocked his phone.”
“In no way is this video or my post meant to bash anybody, I’m just simply stating the truth, I’m stating the facts and I think it’s important for my fans and followers to know where I stand with this,” she says.
In a matter of hours, the video has already been viewed almost half a million times.
The pair reportedly first became friends in 2006, with Star appearring on Von D’s show Miami Ink five years later. The pair has enjoyed a close relationship ever since, regularly sharing pictures together and supporting each other’s pursuits.
In her video, Von D claims she “was there” when Star created his cosmetics line in 2014, saying she was one of the first to encourage him in the venture.
Watch: Mia Freedman interviews the original Lipstick Queen, Poppy King. Post continues after video.
In 2014, Von D even named a lipsticks from her range which is stocked in Sephora in a hot pink shade after him. She announced she would be pulling the product from her collection.
Star has since responded to Von D’s claims on Twitter, refuting all Von D’s allegations.
Someone I haven’t seen in over a year, wants to make a post about me. I’m yawning right now….. — Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) July 19, 2016
Kat and I texted a few days ago after 6 MONTHS of silence. She never supported me or my brand and got distant when I launched mine. — Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) July 19, 2016
She accused me of something that wasn’t true, so I told her to fuck off and then blocked her number. Not that juicy of a story, sorry — Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) July 19, 2016
Instead of feeding into negativity and internet fights, I’m going back to the real world and off to enjoy the rest of my day <3 — Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) July 19, 2016
This whole situation is sad and gross. I don’t need to clap back or make a video about someone’s post. It’s getting trite. — Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) July 19, 2016
Less than 12 hours later, he tweeted that he would be sharing his side of the story.
There are 2 sides to every story. The truth will come out later today. — Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) July 19, 2016
Von D stands firm by her message.
Jeffree. Please,do yourself a favor and stop lying. BJ texted me that you reached out w a settlement proposal an hour after I posted video.. — Kat Von D (@thekatvond) July 19, 2016
…so things are not “settled” just yet. Would it be so hard to, for once, sincerely just apologize, make things right and move on? — Kat Von D (@thekatvond) July 19, 2016
Meanwhile, the tight-knit and, ahem, dedicated online beauty community is in a frenzy, with the topic dominating forums and Reddit threads as many quickly take sides after seeing the faces of two of the most popular online beauty brands publicly fall out.
Both “sides” are reporting horrific name-calling and abuse from fans of the other.
One thing’s for sure; with Star’s responding video still to come, there’ll only be more fuel for the fire.
Where do you stand on the matter?