UPDATE, MARCH 23: Following a wave of criticism on Twitter – where Jenner asked fans to support a GoFundMe Page – the 23-year-old has responded on Instagram stories.
“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,” Jenner wrote.
She went on to explain that she no longer has a personal relationship with Samuel Rauda and that she donated $5,000 USD to bring the family up to their original goal of $10,000 on the GoFundMe page.
“Anyone that knows me knows that I do things from the heart and I try to be helpful where I can be.”
Read the full response below.
MARCH 22: Kylie Jenner is not a popular person on Twitter today after she sparked widespread controversy. On the weekend the beauty mogul encouraged her fans to donate to celebrity makeup artist Samuel Rauda, who was involved in a serious accident and underwent surgery the week prior. Jenner has worked with the artist in the past and asked her fans to donate to a GoFundMe page dedicated to Rauda’s medical expenses.
“May God watch over you and protect you @makeupbysamuel. Everyone take a moment to say a prayer for Sam who got into an accident this past weekend. And swipe up to visit his family’s go fund me,” Jenner wrote on Instagram stories, per The Sun.
Of course, people were quick to call out the reality television star and her exorbitant wealth, wondering why she isn’t donating more to the cause. It should be noted that according to Forbes, Jenner is worth $900 million.
“Why is kylie jenner asking for donations to fund her makeup artist’s surgery when she’s a billionaire?” one user tweeted. Another echoed this response saying, “If I was as rich as Kylie Jenner I simply wouldn’t ask ppl on the internet to donate for my best friend’s brain surgery but we all built different I guess!”
“It’s the fact that Kylie Jenner owns purses that cost more than her close friends emergency brain surgery and she’s out here begging poor people to donate to his Go Fund Me page… that doesn’t sit right with me,” said another social media user.
The family of Rauda is asking for $120,000 USD for his brain surgery.
“He has a long road to recovery ahead of him,” the GoFundMe page says. “I know he is loved by many. Your donations will help cover the cost of his medical expenses and what’s to come. Please know that a donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.”
The Sun reports that Jenner donated $5,000 to the cause.