Fans speculate Bella Poarch featured him in a music video
- Some people believe that James Charles was removed from Bella Poarch’s “Build a B * tch” music video.
- A TikTok appears to show Charles in a suit, and fans have spotted someone who looks like him in the video.
- Charles has been embroiled in a controversy over accusations he sexted underage boys.
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Fans are speculating that influencer James Charles was cut from the final version of TikToker’s Bella Poarch music video for his first song “Build a B * tch” amid ongoing controversy over allegations he sent messages. sexting to minors.
The speculation is based on a video circulating on TikTok. It appears to show Charles in costume alongside Poarch and other guest stars in the video while filming.
Bella Poarch, one of TikTok’s biggest stars with 68 million followers, released the music video for her debut single “Build a B * tch” on May 14. In just one week, it was viewed over 77 million. The video features appearances from other internet stars, including YouTube streamer Valkyrae, TikToker Larray, and artist and YouTuber ZHC. In the video, they play a scenario in which customizable women stage a revolution in the store where they are sold.
A clip was originally posted to TikTok by the @Zilbersteve account. The account may be owned by Steve Zilberman, the current content manager at Bella Poarch, as it uses the same ID as the Instagram account which is linked from its website. The avatar on the TikTok account also matches the photo used on its LinkedIn and Instagram page, and the account frequently features some of the influencers and celebrities listed as clients on its website, such as Poarch and musician Benny Blanco. Zilberman did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The video sparked speculation that Charles was cut from the final version of the music video. Charles is one of the internet’s biggest beauty influencers, with over 25 million subscribers on YouTube and nearly 27 million subscribers on Instagram. He’s a controversial figure and has been involved in some of YouTube’s biggest creator dramas. Charles has for the most part stopped posting on social media in recent weeks following allegations he has sexts with minors.
“I’m not sure half of the names of these actors but I recognize @bellapoarch can’t wait to see this !!!!” the caption on the TikTok video reads.
The footage shows a group of people who appear to include Poarch, alongside other influencers Valkyrae, Larray, ZHC and Charles dancing in costumes that match those in the video. Valkyrae also posted several TikTok videos that match the costumes and location on her personal account.
The comments on the video are filled with remarks about Charles, with people speculating that he was removed from the video and left uncredited.
Someone who physically resembles Charles appears to be briefly visible in the final product, heavily obscured by smoke. Unlike the influencers who appeared in the video, Charles is not named in the credits.
Charles was recently embroiled in a controversy over allegations that he had sent sexts to minors, which he addressed in a video titled ‘Hold Me Accountable’. In it, he says the accusers lied to him about their age and pretended to be adults. He also said he exchanged sexual messages with them because he was “desperate”.
On May 12, Insider reported that Charles’ former employee Kelly Rocklein was suing Charles. The lawsuit alleges wrongful dismissal, discrimination based on disability, failure to provide reasonable accommodation and failure to pay minimum wage for overtime worked. Charles declined to comment on the allegations to Insider at the time, but has filed a response to the complaint that denies his allegations. He also accused Rocklein of going public with his story to pressure him publicly for a higher settlement offer in a video posted on Twitter on May 10.
Bella Poarch and James Charles did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.