The mystery man in Jeffree Star’s steamy Instagram was identified as a basketball player, and Star insists he’s not paying him


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    Jeffree Star may have a new boyfriend. The beauty YouTuber and cosmetics CEO first posted a steamy anonymous photo of himself sitting on the lap of a new man over the weekend, captioning it « Thankful for all the blessings God has brought into my life this year. »

    The man may have been faceless in the picture, but his arm tattoos were visible, and that’s apparently all it took for sleuths to figure out it was basketball player André Marhold, who is currently playing for a team in Germany and has matching ink.

    A post shared by Jeffree Star (@jeffreestar) on Aug 22, 2020 at 3:13pm PDTAug 22, 2020 at 3:13pm PDT

    Popular Instagram gossip page The Shade Room first debuted Star’s lover’s identity, and critics angrily suggested that they may have outed Marhold’s sexuality. 

    #PressPlay: Whew! We found the man that #JeffreeStarr was posted up with, and he’s a professional basketball player overseas, y’all! ? (SWIPE)

    A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Aug 24, 2020 at 7:05am PDTAug 24, 2020 at 7:05am PDT

    But Star seemed to appreciate the confirmation, because he began posting pictures of Marhold’s face on his Instagram story hours later. 

    « Jeffree Star » trended on Twitter throughout the day as people reacted to Star cozying up with the basketball player. Plenty of people commented on the fact that they thought Star was paying Marhold to pretend to be his boyfriend, which the YouTuber snarkily responded to. 

    « I know it’s devastating news for some people, but I don’t give money to anyone I’m dating or anyone who is f—ing me, » Star wrote on Twitter. « Work on your own insecurities sis, I’m not the problem. » 

    He followed that up with a tweet that said « Worry about how to pay your own bills, not who’s in my mouth. »

    Others commented on the fact that Star has a lengthy history of racist incidents, such as aggressively directing the « n-word » and other racial slurs at random passerby for online content — he addressed the old, racist clips in a 2017 video — and just recently Star disappeared from the internet after being accused of manipulating the 2019 feud between James Charles and Tati Westbrook, only to resurface posing with a Black man.

    In fact, the self-identified ex-girlfriend of Marhold commented on the pictures. There’s no confirmation that this is actually Marhold’s ex-girlfriend, but the post went viral on Twitter. 

    She also posted about Star’s racist past, writing « He doesn’t even like black people, » and suggested that Marhold was being paid by Star, writing « I’m not embarrassed just crazy what people do for money. »



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