Fans Slam YouTuber James Charles for Arriving Hours Late to Australian Meet-and-Greet Amid Tati Westbrook Feud

YouTube beauty maven James Charles was slammed by fans this weekend for turning up hours late to an Australian meet-and-greet amid his very public feud with fellow beautification blogger, Tati Westbrook.

The 19-year-old internet makeup guru uploaded an 8-minute apology to Westbrook on Saturday morning (Gold Coast, Australia, time) roughly around the same time he was scheduled to appear at Pacific Fair, Queensland's largest shopping center.

Fans waiting to meet Charles at his first Australian "Sisters" pop-up store took to social media to express their frustrations for having to wait in line for hours to meet the star without being notified of his late arrival. Disappointed followers also condemned Charles for alleged behaviors that were exposed by Westbrook in an earlier video of her own, with some calling on the teenager to leave their country.

"Nearly 1.5 hours late for James Charles, you have kids standing out here in the sun. Not enough shade, and the people handing out water have forgotten about everyone in line for the meet and greet. Hopefully no one passes out!," Nicole Dugo posted on Pacific Fair Shopping Centre's Facebook page on Saturday.

In their response, the shopping center apologized for Charles' lateness and notified the fan that they had "just had news that James on his way."

Two Australian travel vloggers, who documented their experience of the Australia event in a video uploaded to their YouTube channel Exploration Date, revealed that when Charles did eventually arrive, he only spoke for fewer than 10 minutes and that he clearly appeared to be distracted by the scandal with Westbrook.

Many other frustrated fans went on Twitter later that day to complain about Charles' late appearance.

"His trip to Australia was a failure. Only a few hundred people showed up to his meet and greet which he was two hours late for. Mammas keeping their children away from him!," another user with the Twitter handle @Sia_steffen tweeted.

"Katy Perry can do a whole concert after her husband breaks up w/ her with a text but @jamescharles shows up 2 hrs late to his meet & greet in Australia bc of "personal issues" lol," user @Cloerayne12 tweeted.

"Saw this video of James Charles' event in Australia. He arrived two hours late and their intro for him highlighted him working with Kim and Kylie. Boi, please don't use their names like that," user @kardashville tweeted.

"So apparently James Charles was 2hrs late to his tour date in Australia," user @MinYoogles93 tweeted. "I don't care WHAT is happening in your life kid (which you brought all on yourself btw)...after making people pay THAT kind of money to see you, you should AT LEAST have the fucking decency to be on time!"

"@ThreeDailey did you know that James charles was two hours late to his meet and greet today in Australia?," user @PrincessPaytas added. "Considering the meet and greet was early in the day a lot of the fans over there were finding out the drama IN LINE. Many of them started to assume he wouldn't show up."

Meanwhile, other Australians simply wanted the embattled YouTuber to leave their shores.

"On behalf of the eastern coast of Australia, James Charles needs to go home," Twitter user Holly May wrote.

"Eww is @jamescharles here in #Australia? Please cancel his visa, like his career!," user @JodhiaQueen tweeted.

"Has james charles left australia yet we don't want him," user @lustruin tweeted.

"Heard that James Charles in Australia if comes near my neighbourhood imma do the Aussie thing and egg the boi," user @samlikespink tweeted.

Westbrook sparked the public feud with Charles late last week by posting a nearly 45-minute-long exposé video detailing her fallout with the influencer titled "Bye Sister."

In the clip, Westbrook, a former mentor and ally of Charles, accused her fellow YouTuber of shading her by making a sponsored Instagram post for her direct competitor Sugar Bear Hair and called out his "gross" behavior in regard to straight men.

"I have finally had enough," Westbrook in her video. "He said some things, telling me about a situation that happened in Seattle at my birthday, and it literally made me want to vomit."

"Oh my god, you tried to trick a straight man into thinking he's gay, yet again," she continued. "And, somehow, you're the victim. You know, it's really disgusting to manipulate someone's sexuality, especially when they are still emerging into adulthood."

She added: "You are using your fame, your power, your money to play with people's emotions. You're threatening to ruin them, you're threatening to embarrass them and you're doing that to have them behave sexually in your favor."

Charles address the allegation of inappropriate behavior towards straight men in his apology video. "Boys have been a topic talked a lot about on my social media journey, and it's a topic that wish I hadn't," he said in the clip. "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."

"This is a conversation that I know a lot of people are uncomfortable with and it's something I should've been far more careful with bringing into the public eye, especially with the last situation that happened," Charles added. "I've had to learn it the hard way."

Since the feud erupted, Charles has lost in excess of 2 million subscribers on YouTube, according to data from Social Blade. Meanwhile, Westbrook has gained nearly as many followers.

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James Charles attends the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Amy Sussman/FilmMagic
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