YouTuber Tati Westbrook has just dropped the bombshell we've all been waiting for.
The 40-minute video entitled "Breaking my silence" exposes the alleged actions of Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star, and the involvement the two had in the drama that occured last year between Westbrook and former best friend James Charles.
This is one of the most explosive videos to ever come out on the platform. It has the potential to drastically change the face of the YouTube community, and completely eviscerate the careers of two of its most beloved figures.
In short, it's huge.
Last May, pretty much out of the blue, Westbrook released a video called "Bye Sister". It's widely believed that the catalyst for her filming the video was a sense of betrayal from Charles.
Westbrook, who was 37 at the time, was one of the veterans of the YouTube beauty space, having amassed upward of 6 million followers since she launched her channel in 2010. Uploading make-up videos on a daily basis, she also founded a line of beauty supplements entitled Halo Beauty.
She and Charles became friends when the now-19-year-old began blowing up on social media in 2016. Despite a few controversies, he was a huge star in the make-up YouTube space, gaining subscribers quicker than seemingly anyone else on the platform and getting mainstream media recognition too.
When Charles endorsed Sugar Bear Hair, a direct competitor to Westbrook's vitamin brand, she said she was understandably hurt. Shortly thereafter "Bye Sister" dropped, in which she described problematic behaviour of Charles's, accusing him of highly inappropriate behaviour towards young men. (Charles is gay.)
She also called out what she perceived as a sense of entitlement from Charles, who Westbrook claims she and her husband took under their wing, helping him essentially build his career.
After the video was posted the backlash against Charles was swift.
Enter Jeffree Star.
Star is a polarising figure. Having achieved MySpace fame about a decade previously, as well as having a short-lived music career, he burst onto the YouTube scene in 2014 when he launched his make-up brand, Jeffree Star Cosmetics.
He quickly became a central figure in the community, known as much for his involvement in drama with other YouTubers as for his make-up videos.
As soon as the video dropped, Star – who was believed to be friends with Westbrook – began tweeting damming accusations against Charles, validating her claims but taking them much further, calling him a danger to society, promising to release evidence that he was a sexual predator and even going after Charles's younger brother on Twitter.
James Charles went on to lose millions of subscribers at a faster rate than anyone had in the history of the platform. He was widely considered cancelled. But there was a twist.
Shortly thereafter, Charles uploaded a response video, in which he addressed a lot of the claims in Westbrook's video, convincingly denied any wrongdoing, and released text messages between him and Star, in which Star tells him that people are going to essentially come forward to destroy him.
Charles has revealed that this was one of the darkest times in his life and even led him to contemplate suicide.
Reminder: Charles was a teenager who had just been viciously attacked online by two people in their mid-30s. The baseless allegations were being reported across mainstream media worldwide and his career and reputation were going up in flames.
But the video did the trick and redeemed him in the eyes of many.
The evidence Star had promised never materialised. He made a video in which he claimed he wouldn't be releasing said evidence because he didn't want to be involved in drama.
Charles and Westbrook both released statements suggesting the whole thing had been cleared up and they did not want to address it further.
This may have been the end of it, were it not for Shane Dawson.
Dawson has been on YouTube since 2005, and managed to rebrand himself from an edgy (read: wildly offensive) comedian into a beloved elder of the YouTube community, making docuseries about some of the most controversial figures on the platform.
While Dawson's problematic past has never been a secret, it had largely been forgotten about and viewers allowed him to move on from his past, perhaps largely due to his kind, empathetic and humble persona – the polar opposite of Star.
In August 2018, Dawson released a five-part series about Star, which was widely considered to have rehabilitated him in the eyes of many.
Star addressed issues of his past – namely racist comments and behaviour he'd made – and opened up about his own mental health struggles.
Around this time, Dawson was becoming interested in the beauty world, and in the final episodes the seeds were planted for a future collab between the two: a series which would see Star and Dawson create a make-up palette together and film the entire process.
This came to fruition and became a seven-part series which launched last October – six months after the "Bye Sister" scandal – along with an incredibly successful merch launch.
But in the trailer for the series, Dawson teased that the Tati Westbrook-James Charles drama would be central to the story.
This opened up a can of worms of speculation, and Dawson in the end did not include any of the scenes in the final documentary, a move which was heavily criticised by his viewers.