Jeffree Star has responded to allegations that he is paying a man to be his boyfriend.
“I know it’s devastating news for some people, but I don’t give money to anyone I’m dating or anyone who is fucking me," the beauty influencer said Monday on Twitter. "Work on your own insecurities sis, I’m not the problem."
“Worry about how to pay your own bills, not who’s in my mouth,” Star added.
The 34-year-old makeup expert, and businessman, broke up with his boyfriend Nathan Schwandt earlier this year. He revealed the news in a YouTube video. Since, he's appeared on social media with Big Brother star Jozea Flores in June and the two dated.
On Saturday, Star sparked conversation who posted a photo to social media with an untagged mystery man. "Thankful for all the blessings God has brought into my life this year," he wrote in the caption for his over 14 million followers.
In the photograph, the man's face was not visible but his tattooed arms were wrapped around Star, which led social media sleuths to hunt for his identity and conjecture on the nature of their relationship.
These sleuths, by matching the tattoos, speculated that the man is André Marhold, a professional basketball player, 30, a former power forward with the Duquesne Dukes in NCAA Division I. Subsequent photos posted by Star Monday, revealed the pair were indeed hanging out. Marhold, who also has played basketball internationally, has since made his Instagram account private.
Marhold has a son, and a woman claiming to be the mother suggested the 6'7" athlete may be looking for money in his relationship with Star in a now-deleted Instagram post. The woman also accused Marhold of trying to "expose" the child.
"I am living my life. I am actually genuinely happy," Star told his followers in response to the allegations. Mnay also alleged that Star was only with Marhold in attempt to quiet longstanding accusations of racism. The multimillionaire has been captured on camera using racist slurs.
"I know rumors and lies are entertaining and that’s how people make money and advertisements and clicks. Bitch, I know how the world works. So it never bothers me," he added. "Just know that I’m hanging out with someone amazing who is single and has been single for awhile." Star has not further clarified the nature of the pair's relationship.