During his meteoric rise to makeup vlogger stardom, Jeffree Star has become just as infamous for his Twitter feuds and controversial comments as he has become famous for his highlighters and lipstick vaults. The most serious allegation against him involves racist comments made 12 years ago that have resurfaced in a series of videos in recent years. Today, Star released a YouTube video to address his comments, offer an apology, and share his side of the story “from human being to human being.”
After giving several shout outs to the millions of fans and followers who’ve always supported him, Star addressed the seriousness of “disgusting, vile, nasty and embarrassing” comments he’s made in the past. “I think that racism is a very serious subject — especially in today’s world. I’m embarrassed as a person because that is not what I’ve ever stood for,” he said. “I’m all about self-expression, self-worth, and self-love. I think it’s awful that you guys have to see me in that light.” He goes on to offer a direct apology. “I am so sorry for my words. I am so sorry you ever had to see me like that…that is not who I am and I apologize deep down to the core of my fucking being.”
In an interview with Allure, Star says it’s been hard to relive the comments over and over and “disheartening” to see people try to discredit his work “over one moment in time.”
Star maintains, he holds no racist feelings. “I said those horrible things to everyone to get a reaction. I hate the ‘r-word.’ I think it’s so far from who I am but I’ve said things that are racist to women of color and other people so I get it,” he told Allure. “You see one moment and it’s literally when I’m 19-years-old. I’m 31 now and I look back at this and I think it’s so sad that I spoke like that. I’m just tired of being accused of something I’m not.”
In the video, Star says he was depressed, angry at the world, and seeking attention as a teen. “The main problem I think with growing up and with looking a certain way and looking different is that you don’t understand why people don’t accept you. I was a very angry child,” he says. “If you take one thing from this video, please do not make the same mistakes I did,” he told fans.
Part of the reason the racist allegations keep resurfacing, is that Star often finds himself in sharp-tongued social media feuds. His social media record reveals he’s still no stranger to calling people names — a behavior that discredits his attempts to distance himself from past words. He pledged to “completely stop” the social media hate in his video. “It sucks to be remembered for my drama just as much as my creativity and my artistry,” he tells Allure. “Look, am I never going to get into another fight on Twitter? I can’t promise that. I’m going to defend myself and my brand and stand up for my friends, but I’m going to stop responding to people who try to stir shit with me and try to be the bigger person,” he says. “Either you’re down for that and you want to grow with me, or you want the drama and you can find someone else who does that.”
Star says social media can make you forget that words have impacts IRL. “We all know I’ve fought with several makeup brands over the years and I think what happens is we forget that we’re all just people with feelings. I think sometimes I’m too harsh and I need to realize that we’re all just human beings,” he says.
At the end of the day, Star says he’s focused on makeup and building his brand. But in a world where “negativity is popular,” he wants to bring awareness to different types of hate. “I think its time for me to set an example for other people,” Star says. “I think it’s time for me to get my side out and hope that people listen to it an absorb it. If you watch it and you still hate me after that’s okay. At least I got to say my side of the story.”
Watch the full apology, below.
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