Makeup mogul Jeffree Star became Instagram official with his new boyfriend, but the person’s identity was not immediately known. Social media users tried to discover Star’s new beau, using his tattoos as hints.
Star, 34, first shared a photo on Instagram of him straddling the mystery man. “Thankful for all the blessings God has brought into my life this year,” he wrote on Saturday, August 22, garnering more than 1 million likes. Excitement over Star’s new partner reignited on Monday after he shared two more photos to his Instagram story. The first showed Star and his partner posing for the camera and the second was a picture of the person holding Star’s feet.
Star’s name became a top-trending Twitter topic on Monday, August 24, wit more than 22,000 mentions.
Star turned off the comments for the photo, but that didn’t stop netizens from taking to social media to discuss the person’s identity. Based off of one tattoo, some social media users surmised that Star’s new boyfriend was a basketball player who uses the social media handle Amarxiii.
Some people claimed Star was paying the unknown person to be his boyfriend, but the makeup mogul denied the accusations. “I know it’s devastating news for some people, but I don’t give money to anyone I’m dating or anyone who is f–king me. Work on your own insecurities sis, I’m not the problem,” he tweeted. “Worry about how to pay your own bills, not who’s in my mouth. Thank you, God bless – Upper management.”
Some Social Media Users Slammed Star For Dating a Black Man
Other people took shots at Star for dating a Black man, citing Star’s past racist behavior.
Kameron Lester, a former model with Jeffree Star Cosmetics, claimed in June 2020 he was “being used as a Black boy” by the YouTube celebrity, according to a report by Insider. “I’m literally shaking guys, this is so scary to even do,” Lester said at the time.
“I don’t want to monetize this, I don’t want any gain from this. The only gain I want is peace and my truth, and this is my personal truth,” he continued. “Everyone has their own truth and they might perceive things differently and that’s okay.”
In July 2020, the makeup guru was dropped from his partnership with Morphe due to his prior problematic tweets, as noted by Cosmetics Business.
“Today, there are no excuses,” Star said in a YouTube video titled, “Doing What’s Right.”
“Without ever really thinking about the ramifications of my words, my actions and for the first time in a very long time I’m really reflecting on my behavior and mine alone,” he added.
Star Has Been Single Since January
Star had been single since January, announcing his split from Nathan Schwandt in a YouTube video titled, “We Broke Up.”
“I’m devastated. I’m so sad,” Star said, as noted by CNN.
“This was the only man that was ever confident enough to love me publicly, to love me for me, fully, all my flaws, no makeup waking up in bed,” he said in the video. “He never cared about any of it, and he just loved me for me. And no man has ever had those feelings, I don’t think, for me. And I’ve never loved someone like I’ve loved him.”
In a tweet, Star added that they didn’t take enough time to nurture their relationship. “We were too busy being there for each other, that we forgot to be there for ourselves,” he wrote on January 11, 2020. “It’s important to take care of your own mental well-being and check on yourself.”