UPDATED: Jeffree Star, a popular and controversial YouTube beauty creator and makeup mogul, was hospitalized Friday after he and friend were injured in a car accident in Wyoming, according to the influencer’s Twitter account.
“A few hours ago Jeffree and Daniel were in a severe car accident and the car flipped 3 times after hitting black ice,” the tweet from @JeffreeStar said. “We will update you all when the doctor gives us more info. So thankful they are both alive.”
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The Wyoming Highway Patrol said Star’s vehicle was heading northbound on Hat Six Road in Natrona County when it crashed, according to radio station K2 Radio. Star is currently being treated at Wyoming Medical Center. He was driving the car with his friend Daniel Lucas, who also was being treated at the hospital.
The Twitter post shows Star, 35, wearing a neck brace in a hospital bed:
In an update six hours later, Star said, “This morning was one of the scariest moments of our entire lives. I’m so grateful to be here still. I’m in excruciating pain because part of my back is broken and I have vertebrae fractures on my spine. My doctor said it will take a few months but I should make a full recovery.”
About Lucas, he wrote, “Daniel has internal injuries and because he has survived colon cancer three times, he’s having complications with his organs and they’re monitoring him 24/7. We’ll know more soon. Thank you to every single person checking on us.”
Star, a native of Southern California’s Orange County, bought an 70-acre ranch in Casper, Wyo., last year. He currently has 16.5 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, 13.6 million followers on Instagram and 6.9 million on Twitter (on which his bio says, “Currently in Wyoming writing my autobiography”). He also runs Jeffree Star Cosmetics, a line of makeup products he founded in 2014.
The digital influencer, born Jeffrey Lynn Steininger, rose to fame on the early social network Myspace. He’s been involved in a series of public controversies, including spats with ex-celebrity friends, including Kat Von D, Kim Kardashian, James Charles, Tati Westbrook and Trisha Paytas.
Last fall, Star was accused of sexual assault and physical abuse by several former associates, as well as allegedly offering $10,000 in hush money to at least two of the accusers, according to an Insider report. A lawyer representing Star called the allegations “false and defamatory.” Per a subsequent report, Jeffree Star Cosmetics apparently paid $45,000 to the individual who had alleged Star sexually assaulted him.
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