Britney Spears posted a glowing review of controversial YouTuber Jeffree Star’s make-up, despite past accusations of racism against him
Britney Spears called Jeffree Star a “genius” in an Instagram post raving about his beauty brand.
It comes after Spears was recently freed from a 13-year conservatorship.
Star has previously been accused of violence, racism, and sexual assault.
Britney Spears praised controversial YouTuber and beauty mogul Jeffree Star in an Instagram post on Wednesday, calling him a “genius” and saying he gifted her some make-up products.
The post includes an image showcasing bubble-style lip art. The image was previously posted by Vlada Haggarty, an LA-based make-up artist and photographer, on her Instagram in April 2020.
In the caption accompanying the image, Spears wrote, “Jeffree Star’s Holy Mist is BOMB and I mean it. I don’t wake up or go to sleep without it… I wanna open the cute packaging and freaking drink it!!! It smells that good… not to mention the adorable bullet lipsticks…”
She went on to write, “Sorry I had to share cause if I didn’t know I would wish somebody would tell me about it!!!” and added, “Jeffree Star, you’re a genius!!!! “
Star, who has over 16 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, is a controversial figure on social media. He’s been involved in a number of scandals including accusations of racism which he has since apologized for and various high-profile feuds with other influencers, including Trisha Paytas, James Charles, Tati Westbrook, and Kat Von D.
In October 2020, Insider also reported that Star had been accused of violence and sexual assault.
Spears’ endorsement of Star led to a mixed reaction on social media. The top comment on Spears’ post, which has over 25,000 likes, reads, “Ok a lot has happened since you’ve been locked up so we’re gonna have to talk about Jeffree but we love you.” Other top comments include sentiments like “baby girl, keep him away” and “oh no honey, don’t boost his ego.”
While many comments suggested Spears may not know about Star’s history, others argued that trying to tell Britney who she should endorse is comparable to the behavior of Spears’ former conservators.
Spears was freed from a 13-year conservatorship last week. The conservatorship was initially requested by her father Jamie Spears as an emergency “temporary conservatorship” in 2008 and was continually extended over the next 13 years. It gave Jamie Spears and other appointed figures control over Spears’ personal and financial decisions.
According to New York Post, Spears and Star previously crossed paths in October, when Spears and her fiancé Sam Asghari were reportedly spotted touring Star’s 20,000-square-foot mansion located in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles, California. Star has since relocated from LA to a ranch in Wyoming.
Since endorsing the makeup mogul, a clip of Perez Hilton and Star from 2007, where Star agrees that people should boycott Spears “immediately,” has started to recirculate on Twitter.
Representatives for Spears and Star did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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