American media personality Kylie Jenner, seeking support for a GoFundMe effort aimed at helping pay medical bills for makeup artist Samuel Rauda did not go over well.
Jenner recently shared an Instagram story seeking prayers for Rauda and directing her 222 million followers to a GoFundMe started to help pay his medical bills.
According to the GoFundMe, Rauda was in an accident and “underwent major surgery on Sunday, 3/14/21.”
The Instagram story has since expired, but screenshots of it have been making the rounds on social media. Jenner, who is reportedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars, in part due to her cosmetics empire, was slammed on social media for not simply paying the bills off herself.
“Kylie Jenner really asked us for money like we made the Forbes list,” one person tweeted, a nod to Jenner both making the Forbes “60 Richest Self-Made Women” list and appearing on the publication’s cover.
After immense criticism Jenner broke her silence on the controversy. She specified that Rauda is not her makeup artist, they don’t have a personal relationship currently, but they’ve worked together in the past.
“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.
“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 the 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.
“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.”