Kylie Jenner has responded to clear the air after she was called out for asking her fans to donate towards the treatment of a makeup artist.
Celebrity makeup artist, Samuel Rauda, had been involved in an accident and his family created a GoFundMe for the medical expenses, including a major surgery.
Jenner, who donated $5,000, shared a link to the fundraiser on her Instagram Story, writing, “May God watch over you and protect you @makeupbysamuel. Everyone take a moment to say a prayer for Sam who got into an accident this past weekend. And swipe up to visit his families go fund me.”
Jenner’s post triggered a major outcry on social media, with many pointing out that the reality star has extreme wealth and the ability to cover Rauda’s medical expenses without seeking donations from her fans (read here).
On her Instagram Story Monday March 22, Jenner addressed the backlash.
She wrote: “I feel it’s important for me to clear up this false narrative that I’ve asked fans for money and am not paying for my makeup artist’s medical bills,” Jenner wrote. “Sam isn’t my makeup artist and unfortunately we don’t have a personal relationship anymore but I have worked with him a few years ago and think he’s the sweetest. I saw my current makeup artist and friend Ariel post about Sam’s accident and his family’s GoFundMe and I called Ariel immediately to see what happened to Sam.”
“After learning in more detail about the accident it compelled me to visit his gofundme which was set at 10k. They had already raised 6k so I put it in 5k to reach their original goal and thought I’d post on my stories to gain more awareness if anyone also felt compelled to share or donate.
“I don’t know how all of this got so twisted but his family has reached out through Ariel and are very appreciative of all the donations, prayers, and love towards Sam.”
She added: “Anyone that knows me knows that I do things from the heart and I try to be helpful whenever I can be. Let’s all stay positive and keep Sam, his family, and anyone you know who is going through a difficult time in our prayers. I hope you have a beautiful day and let’s encourage each other to help.”