Zara Larsson publicly apologises to James Charles for claiming he slid into her boyfriend's DMs
Zara Larsson has publicly apologised to James Charles after she claimed the YouTube star approached her boyfriend on Instagram.
The singer had accused Charles of flirting with her boyfriend "several times" as Charles was caught in a feud with fellow makeup artist Tati Westbrook - who implied that Charles had been using his fame to prey on straight men.
In response, James Charles called out Larsson in a YouTube video, saying that there was a double standard between gay men and straight women who contacted men on social media.
"Had I known he was dating Zara Larsson, I would never have messaged him in the first place. But this is very hypocritical considering [social media is how] Zara Larsson found her boyfriend.
I'd like to pose a question to you, the audience, and ask, why is it OK for Zara Larsson, a woman with a public platform, to tweet photos of a shirtless man and say 'Who are you? Where do you live? How old are you? Why are you so fine? How do you like your eggs cooked in the morning?'
But for me, as a gay man, to DM the same person in private with a simple compliment, is predatory? These stereotypes continue to be very harmful to the [LGBTQ] community, and continue to villainize gay men in society."
Here is James Charles performing on a runway:
But since then, Larsson has gone back on those accusations, and issued a full apology for the second time to Charles, saying that she had no intention of offending the LGBTQ community.
Here's Larsson practicing her dance moves in the studio:
Posting to Twitter, Zara Larsson had an apology on hand.
"Although me and James have been speaking privately and are on good terms, I'm sorry for giving homophobic people a reason to believe that every member of the LGBTQ family is predatory. And I'm sorry for being a messy b*tch and making myself involved. I'm sorry for sending all of the hate that James received in his direction. I'm sorry for not thinking about the consequences."
James Charles has also graciously accepted the apology, saying that there's "all love" from his side.
In the wake of the fallout, James Charles has lost around a million subscribers from his YouTube channel.