Tati Westbrook wants to press pause on her public feud with James Charles for now.
Less than a week after the YouTube star captivated the internet with a 43-minute takedown video of the 19-year-old beauty guru, she's clarifying her intentions in a new video titled "Why I Did It." The 18-minute clip delves into Tati's perspective on the continued drama between her and James, why she never thought the scandal would reach "this magnitude" and her future as a YouTuber.
In the video Tati told her followers "I do want the hate to stop. I want the picking sides and the abusive memes and the language, and all of that... I really hope on both sides it can stop. That's not why I made the video."
Instead, Tati says she did so as a "last ditch effort to be really loud and vocal" in reaching out to James, who she's mentored since the early days of his career.
"It was me trying to reach someone that was completely unreachable," she then explains. "It's about someone who reaches, across all platforms, 30 million people that are predominantly children. He is losing the ability to get honest more and more each day. I'm losing the ability to reach [out to him]."
She goes on to say she isn't hopeful that the pair will mend bridges burnt by his actions.
Nevertheless, Tati—who also says she attempted to meet with James face-to-face—says in the video, "I don't hate James Charles. I don't want you guys hating on him... It's painful to watch someone that you have cared for be dragged and to know that this started because of me. I don't think anyone deserves that. I think people deserve a wake-up call and people deserve to be called out for actions. I think someone's got to do it. I hope that this inspires parents to have more conversations with their kids, because we are losing that."
The 37-year-old goes on to confirm that she is indeed taking a break from filming new YouTube videos so she can focus on "healing" from the feud.
In the days after Tati's initial video went viral, James lost more than 3 million YouTube subscribers as well as celebrity social media followers like Kylie Jenner, Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus.