James Charles reveals one of his fan accounts faked cancer and their own death
16 June 2020, 17:14
Beauty influencer James Charles has spoken out after discovering a fan account faked cancer and their own death to get his attention.
However, the 21-year-old beauty mogul isn't very happy with one of his fans, after he discovered that they had faked having cancer, and ultimately, their own death, in order to get a response from him. Yikes.
The sentiment of these lies from the particular fan hit close to home for James, as his mother, Christie Dickinson, is a cancer survivor herself.
Taking to Twitter to address his feelings on the situation, James wrote: "I just found out that one of my fan accounts faked cancer and their death...? I understand people wanting to get noticed by their idol but my mom’s a cancer survivor and lying about something so serious just does not sit right in my heart..."
I just found out that one of my fan accounts faked cancer and their death...? I understand people wanting to get noticed by their idol but my mom’s a cancer survivor and lying about something so serious just does not sit right in my heart... 😣— James Charles (@jamescharles) June 15, 2020
Fans quickly leapt to his defence, many of whom were surprised that James had been fooled by the popular account. The account holder claimed to be terminally ill and went on to post a fake message from their "brother" confirming their death.
One of the anonymous person's final tweets read: "Today is unfortunately my last birthday I'll ever have which sucks I've tried my hardest to get a notice from @jamescharles" - which the YouTuber then replied to.
Unfortunately, fans knew all too well what was going on behind the scenes, and were quick to alert the Instant Influencer host that this was in fact a hoax, and a crazed fan's bid to get his attention.
those were fake?? wow, that’s really sad. i was absolutely praying for you to tweet at them since that’s what they wanted. who tf lies about that— madison 🌙 (@breathinavenue) June 15, 2020
THEY FAKED IT?😳 that’s so messed up i know exactly who your talking about, who does that— Loic Martelly (@real_loic) June 15, 2020
When I saw the original tweet it felt so off but I thought I was so crazy for thinking there was sum fishy going on. Sucks that these people drag you into this shit. So not ok— WILL | BLM | TRANS RIGHTS 🌈🤍🕊🏳️✨ (@OhMyGodExposeU) June 15, 2020
I figured it was. They didnt have much on their account except their attempt at stealing your attention. Some people go to devastating and petty lengths to get what they want.— Kat_Baker♡♡ (@KatBake10207099) June 15, 2020
I sent this to James to try and help him speak to James face to face. I’m so angry, how could someone lie about something like that :( pic.twitter.com/BWlcRVcZZb— 𝑔𝓇𝒶𝒸𝑒 ✰ (@graceflorence_x) June 15, 2020
Since being called out, the account, which was followed by James and a number of other YouTubers, has been deleted, and we hope it's a lesson firmly learnt for anyone trying to pull the same trick.