Tati Westbrook apologises to Jackie Aina for defending Jeffree Star

1 July 2020, 14:12

By Katie Louise Smith

"Jackie, the moment Jeffree went off on you, the day before my first video collab with him, I should have run for the hills."

As well as apologising to James Charles for her 2019 videos and calling out Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star for manipulating her, Tati Westbrook has also now publicly apologised to Jackie Aina.

After Tati's first collab video with Jeffree, Tati and Jackie fell out. Jackie has never spoken about why they stopped talking but in a new 40-minute long "BREAKING MY SILENCE..." video, it appears as though Tati says it was because she had defended Jeffree after he went off on Jackie.

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Jackie, who is one of YouTube's most loved and well known beauty gurus, has been very vocal about Jeffree Star's problematic and racist past. In 2018, Jackie posted an open letter to Jeffree on Twitter, calling out his racism.

She wrote: "I have not and will not excuse his blatantly racist behavior and — not his past references to me in derogatory terms, his use of the N words nor his efforts to eliminate spaces and opportunities for people of color."

In March 2020, Jackie reviewed the Tati Beauty Blendiful puff, explaining that Tati had reached out to her privately to mend their relationship.

"Recently Tati reached out to me and I feel like we don't really see enough of mending bridges on YouTube especially because the beauty community, we have the worst reputation for being messy and toxic," she said.

"But anyway, Tati reached out to me and said some really heartfelt things and really truly made me feel like she was sincere in trying to start over and mend something with me and I really appreciated that."

In her latest video, Tati takes the opportunity to apologise to Jackie again, this time publicly, explaining that it was long overdue.

"Jackie, the moment Jeffree went off on you, the day before my first video collab with him, I should have run for the hills. I was naive. I was excited about the video. I got it twisted that you had provoked Jeffree because you were angry that I had filmed with someone who had a history of being labelled by others as a racist."

(You can watch the apology at the 15:15 minute mark of the video below.)

Tati continued: "Jackie, I'm sorry that I did not do the right thing and walk away from him then. I should have not been blind to the reasons behind the accusations of his racism. I shouldn't have defended him and I regret any of the pain that I may have caused you.

"And for the record, loud and clear, I've always liked you and I've always enjoyed you, every interaction that we've had face to face and I let you down and I am so genuinely sorry for that."