Turning over a new leaf? Jeffree Star has opened up about being involved in drama over the years and stepping away from the controversy.

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The 35-year-old first rose to fame on MySpace and pursued a music career before delving into beauty vlogging on YouTube and launching Cosmetics. However, the influencer was often involved in drama including with other creators including Shane Dawson, James Charles and Tati Westbrook and had a controversial past following him.

“That’s just really not me anymore,” Star told E! News.

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“I think that’s kind of hard for people to understand because I was in a lot of drama and a lot of it wasn’t my doing,” Star added. “A lot of it was me entertaining things that I shouldn’t have, and acting and and letting emotions get the best of me.”

After some “self-reflection,” Star admitted that his online persona played into a “Regina George character,” from Mean Girls.

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Now, Star is “really focused on positivity.” “I know that may sound like a crock of s**t from one of the most dramatic people in the makeup industry, but I’m generally in a really good place mentally, and I definitely wasn’t before,” he explained.

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Star attributed lashing out publicly to not knowing “how to react” to controversy and felt “like I always owed everyone an explanation.” In response to drama, Star would post videos about his side o the story but “It really got me in trouble a lot of the times.”

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While the change for Star is largely attributed to relocating to Wyoming, distancing from other creators and the pandemic reducing the drama, it really was the result of Star learning how to “control my emotions.”

“I honestly keep to myself and I don’t really engage in the beauty world anymore,” Star explained. “I have zero contact with all of those people.”

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Now Star wants “people to see my growth.”

“I think sometimes the drama has really overshadowed the entrepreneurship that I’m about, and coming from nothing and being homeless and making it this far. I’m really proud of myself and I’m just thankful that I could still inspire so many people with my life,” he admitted.

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Earlier this year, Star was involved in a “really, really scary” car accident where he broke vertebrae in his spine and is still in a brace. The makeup mogul is grateful to have survived but said the experience “emotionally and mentally, a lot.”

“I think, me being a very sarcastic person I usually could make a lot of jokes about it but it was actually really awful,” Star admitted after an “intense” few months.

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Now with Pride month underway, Star shared that he partnered with TheOD Foundation to help LGBTQ+ people for are currently or formerly incarcerated, and support serving alternate forms of criminal supervision because it’s “time to use my voice in a bigger way to really help people that aren’t getting enough reach.”

Jeffree Star Cosmetics will donate a portion of sales from the upcoming Rainbow Collection to THEOD Foundation as well as a $25,000 pledge.

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