YouTuber Tati Westbrook Shuts Down Beauty Line, Cites Covid, Legal Battle

YouTube makeup artist Tati Westbrook has announced that she is shutting down her beauty line, citing the pandemic and an ongoing lawsuit surrounding her other brand that sells vitamins.

In a nearly nine-minute YouTube video, Westbrook told its 8.7 million subscribers on Thursday that Tati Beauty is “shutting down.”

“We don’t sell products online anymore, and I say that with a heavy heart,” she said. “I loved creating this brand. I had huge goals, dreams, visions for the future.”

Westbrook continued, “Covid has struck, and it has definitely slowed things down; it slowed down the whole world. And then, of course, you are aware of the outside litigation that has really had a total impact on my life. So that kind of all T-boned, and here we are. “

In October 2020, Westbrook and her husband were sued by Clark Swanson, their former business partner and co-founder of YouTuber’s vitamin line, Halo Beauty. Swanson has accused the couple of fraud, neglect and breach of fiduciary duty in their roles as owners of Halo Beauty.

Westbrook attorney Douglas Fuchs denied the charges at the time, calling Swanson’s claims “baseless” and “absurd”, E! News reported. In June, Westbrook revealed in a YouTube video that she had sold her home and condo in Los Angeles to support the ongoing legal battle.

The makeup star was thrown into national limelight in 2019 after uploading a lengthy video accusing YouTuber James Charles of disloyalty and saying he tried to lure straight men into relationships with him. Westbrook said she has had issues with Charles’ behavior for some time, finding it inconsiderate and often offensive in the now mega-viral video titled “Bye Sister …” – a reference to Charles, who calls out to his viewers “sisters”.

Charles responded on YouTube at the time, denying the allegations, and more than a year later, Westbrook claimed in a new video that YouTubers Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson, her former friends and Charles, had manipulated her and were behind the “Bye Sister …” video. (Star has since apologized to Charles in a YouTube video but has not publicly responded to many of Westbrook’s claims; Dawson responded in a live Instagram saying that Westbrook was lying.)

In Thursday’s video, Westbrook added that there was “no drama, no weird grudges” and “no scandals” behind her decision to shut down Tati Beauty.

“It’s just the timing of the world and unfortunately the outside litigation has had a huge impact,” she said. “And it’s just my life right now, and I’m hopeful for better days to come.”

Representatives for Westbrook did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment on Thursday.

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