A male model has accused beauty blogger James Charles of trying to hit on him in his Instagram DMs.
Charles is currently facing backlash after YouTuber Tati Westbrook accused him of being predatory towards men and trying “to trick a straight man into thinking he’s gay.”
In a screenshot of messages between Charles and Jay Alvarrez, Charles appears to be flirting with the model.
Alvarrez rose to fame partly due to his relationship with model Alexis Ren and their public relationship (and breakup) on Instagram.
It is worth nothing that there’s nothing particularly predatory about those messages and we don’t know what happened after Alvarrez told Charles that he wasn’t interested in him sexually.
The messages also seem to be from February this year, when Alvarrez does not appear to have been in a public relationship.
If the two of them just had a friendly conversation after that, it doesn’t look like Charles did much wrong.
But the messages could be damaging for the YouTube star following allegations from other celebrities and internet stars about his behaviour.
In a since-deleted tweet, YouTuber Jeffree Star called Charles a “danger to society” and claimed “everything Tati said is 100% true”.
Pop star Zara Larsson also deleted a tweet which alleged that Charles had repeatedly attempted to flirt with her boyfriend.
I’m cackling cause he hit up my boyfriend in the dms several times knowing damn well he’s straight.
However, when asked about why she deleted the tweet, Larsson said the attention it received made her feel “uncomfortable” – although she found Charles’ behaviour to be “problematic”.
The messages Alvarrez shared don’t prove Westbrook’s allegations that Charles has behaved inappropriately with men, even if they are embarrassing.
In his apology video to Westbrook, Charles briefly spoke about the “boy situation”.
I've been involved in a lot of unique and strange situations that have left people confused or upset.
I learned the hard way about ways that I can interact with boys that I've put trust in and ones that I shouldn't be talking to.
It is unclear which specific situations he was referring to in the apology.
Since Westbrook posted the 40-minute video criticising him, Charles has lost more than 3 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.
If you’re completely confused about what all of this means, you can recap on the drama here.