Makeup Guru and YouTuber James Charles is not known for keeping a low profile. It seems like every week he’s in the news, and not necessarily for his beauty expertise. First, he was accused of sexually harassing Shawn Mendes and then he commented on what he perceived as Harry Styles' sexuality.
"I would love to do a video with Harry Styles, and sit with him and talk about like, his music and like, One Direction and like, everything he has going on, and like, um, all his amazing songs that have been coming out, and like, the sexuality situation... that he's been talking... and like, hinting at. Kinda fun," he posted.
The comments didn’t sit well with Style’s legions of fans. Now the MUA is pleading with followers to stop hanging around his home after he faced a supposed security breach. "Please stop showing up at my house. i will not hug you, i will not take a photo with you, and i absolutely will not sign your palette. it is extremely disrespectful & makes me feel very unsafe in my own home. respect people’s privacy, it’s really not that hard," he wrote online.
Adding, "An obsessed fan of mine showed up at my home on my birthday after driving several hours from out of state. The FBI got involved after police found evidence that the man was planning on killing me during one of my public appearances!”
The alleged stalker apparently drove to California where he intended to confront Charles. It’s unclear who the man is since no information has been released by the FBI. Though Charles did receive a huge amount of sympathy from fans, others criticized his non-stop social media presence for making him a target.
One commenter wrote, “I totally agree with you but you shouldn't have shown your house to millions. This what annoys me about YouTubers/celebrities. They show their house and then act surprised when people show up at their house,” while another added, “Don't put your whole life on Youtube then. I personally don't know who you are but just remember without your fans you'd be a nobody.”
The 19-year-old, who has 11 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, is from New York but has a home in LA.
Charles is not the first celebrity to face off with a stalker. According to a 2002 report by the U.S. National Center for Victims of Crime, any unwanted contact between two people that threatens the victim is considered stalking. Sandra Bullock, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have all taken their stalkers to court.
In Bullock’s case, on June 8, 2014, Joshua Corbett jumped the gates of her Hollywood Hills home and accessed the main house via a sunroom door that he forced open. Luckily, she spotted Corbett and immediately called 911.
For Cyrus, the scare came on a movie set after 53-year old Mark McLeod breached a security perimeter around the stage of “The Last Song” in 2009. Cyrus was targeted again by Jason Rivera, 40, from Texas on October 30, 2012, when he was discovered in the bushes on her property. He told police, “I am friends with Miley Cyrus…. She’s my wife. Me and Miley have been friends for five years.”
Finally, Rihanna was the victim of online stalking by a man who threatened to kill the singer in a series of direct online messages. In another instance, a man named Kevin McGlynn was arrested in July 2013 after he delivered letters to Rihanna’s Manhattan apartment, threatening to rape the singer.