Nikita Dragun defends James Charles with text screenshots but people think they're fake
15 May 2019, 16:05 | Updated: 15 May 2019, 16:10
The plot thickens…
Things are really blowing up in the YouTube community right now and it's becoming a tangled web of allegations, deceit and supplement betrayal.
People think Jeffree Star has taken down James Charles' merch store
As you probably already know, James Charles and Tati Westbrook have become enemies and it all stemmed from James Charles promoting SugarBearHair vitamins at Coachella – a rival to Tati's supplement brand Halo Beauty.
James apologised, though, insisting his decision to promote them was purely because of a mishap in which he urgently needed extra artist passes. Now James' BFF Nikita Dragun has come to his defence, but she's kind of made it worse…
Nikita shared some messages from the day on Twitter, with the caption: "heard a situation needed some clarification. my friend was in an emergency and texted me in the moment... unfortunately since @dragunbeauty used all of our marketing budget on the fantasy, i connected him with sugar bear. nothing shady."
In the private texts, James literally begs Nikita for help getting the passes from SugarBearHair because he was getting "attacked" in the VIP area. In exchange, he would promote them on his Instagram Story. Within one minute the company then agreed and Nikita connected her SugarBearHair contact with James – just like the story he told Tati.
heard a situation needed some clarification 👀 my friend was in an emergency and texted me in the moment... unfortunately since @dragunbeauty used all of our marketing budget on the 𝓯𝓪𝓷𝓽𝓪𝓼𝔂, i connected him with sugar bear. nothing shady. pic.twitter.com/fNNtMReApm— Mama Dragun (@NikitaDragun) May 14, 2019
However, after the texts were shared, YouTube channel Tea Spill claimed that they had also spoke to James about what went down at Coachella and the conversation didn't exactly match what he'd said... awks.
Tea Spill tweeted, alongside screenshots of the conversation they'd had with James: "Alright so... James texted Nikita asking if she could get him a SBH sponsorship but he told me that he was being mobbed and sugar bear reached out to HIM.. sister lied to me."
Alright so... James texted Nikita asking if she could get him a SBH sponsorship but he told me that he was being mobbed and sugar bear reached out to HIM.. sister lied to me 💔 pic.twitter.com/xQA962OzNM— ᵗᵉᵃ spill (@TeaSpillYT) May 14, 2019
Some things didn't quite add up for people on Twitter either, with some wondering how the whole text exchange went down in only two minutes.
Okay so these messages were 1) sent on the wrong week 2) appears incredibly scripted as if it was either pre meditated that Tati would be upset and some damage control was already set up or this is a sloppy attempt at after the fact damage control— Elodie (@cryingquarks) May 14, 2019
Getting a response in under 2 minutes from a rep regarding a spare pass... And let’s not forget the fact that he had the pass on that morning in his snaps... I smell something funky— Bel Hay-Hay (@BumblesBelle) May 14, 2019
So you read james’ texts, replied, texted SBH multiple times, got a response, and texted James back all with in 60 seconds 😕— KRISTEA FEDAK (@KristeaFedak) May 14, 2019
We aren’t even concerned with this anymore. Why would we care about the vitamin situation when he’s a predator? pic.twitter.com/J8uqtzuQZF— Amber (@amberlitviak) May 14, 2019
girl nobody cares about the vitamins anymore also this doesn’t add up because james did the sugar bear hair ad during week one of coachella and april 20th was during weekend two and that’s when he just had regular vip— aamaria (@bloodlinegrant) May 14, 2019
This tweet actually makes things worse. It shows that he clearly doesn't care about his audience and promoted something he never tried before (and hated the brand actually) just so that he can have a good time at Coachella.— marouaab (@marouaab2) May 14, 2019
A normal text versus Nikita draguns text from James Charles. Something looks fishy. Brilliance 1.00 brightness and contrast -1.00. SOOO FAKE TEXTS UR WELCOME #jamescharles #jamescharlesisoverparty #gabrielzamora #nikitadragun #tatiwestbrook pic.twitter.com/tgp5CImVmg— laur (@lauren_millerr) May 14, 2019
Nikita was even accused of posting fake screenshots – which she denied.
u really think i have the time to fake texts? the only thing i edit is my waist on facetune sis. they have the screen recording of the messages 👀💯🐉🔥— Mama Dragun (@NikitaDragun) May 14, 2019
Whatever the real tea is, James' reputation is continuing to remain on rocky ground. He has now lost three million subscribers, while Tati's number of subscribers has only sky rocketed. Meanwhile, straight guys are now exposing James' private DMs to them and speaking about how he had pressured them once they told him about their sexuality.