Zara Larsson has responded to YouTube sensation James Charles' pleas to "stop the negativity" in the wake of an enormous backlash against him over his alleged 'predatory behaviour' towards straight men.

Zara had initially called out the 19-year-old makeup artist for sliding into the DMs of her boyfriend Brian Whittaker before deleting her tweet, but fans responded by unsubscribing en masse from James' YouTube channel and sending him abuse.

James replied by making a video titled No More Lies, in which he broke down and admitted having suicidal thoughts over the online storm.

In his video, the star also called out Zara for being "very hypocritical" in criticising him when she had first met her boyfriend by sending a suggestive tweet about him back in 2015.

"Who are you where do you live how old are you why are you so fine how do you like your eggs cooked in the morning?" she had written alongside pictures of a topless Brian.

Now Zara has shared a statement aimed at James offering an olive branch in the wake of his worrying admission.

"When I wrote my tweet saying you hit up my boyfriend, I never in a million years expected it to blow up the way it did. I feel extra bad considering the fact that I later on corrected myself and took down my tweet after my boyfriend talked to me and showed me the dm," she wrote.

"It really wasn't that bad But obviously, since everybody loves some drama, no one really cared about me trying to explain how it really went down.

"If course you're allowed to flirt with people online, like I did, and to call someone beautiful in the comments is only nice! No harm done. I do think it's disrespectful though to try it with someone who is taken and I must admit I have a hard time believing you didn't know that we were in a relationship since he posts about me."

The 21-year-old Swedish singer continued: "What seems to be the thing here is that my boyfriend wasn't the only one and that's why I don't condone that behaviour. You have for example previously tweeted saying that straight men will be the death of you etc which is concerning considering the fact that they will never give consent, since they don't play for team D.

"There's so many gorgeous, amazing, funny, talented, charming and charismatic gay guys out there and yet you seem to love the straights. That's why I think it's problematic, just like it's problematic when straight guys try to turn lesbians straight. Hopefully good things will come of this cause I believe you have a good heart."

She added: "I don't know you personally but the only thing I know is that Brian and I have absolutely nothing against ou. And I whole heartedly believe that one of the reasons this got way out of proportion is homophobia and the fact that this affected straight men.

"I've been thinking about writing something earlier and I'm sorry I didn't. I'm sorry for the heavy anxiety you must've been going through these past weeks. I have a lot of anxiety myself, which is one of the reasons I'm writing this. If I don't clear this up I won't be able to sleep at night. Take care."

Zara added in a following tweet: "Nothings worse than being misunderstood."

James was embroiled in drama when his former friend and fellow influencer Tati Westbrook claimed that he had intentionally "manipulated people's sexuality" by attempting to 'turn' straight men.

The 19-year-old makeup sensation had a very public fallout with former pal Westbrook, 37, after he promoted a rival haircare brand to hers, leading her to call out his "problematic behaviour" and efforts to "turn straight men gay" in a savage video.

In his latest video, James said the last week had been "the darkest time I have ever had to go through" and admitted he'd thought of ending it all.

"The last few weeks of my life have been the most painful time I have ever had to deal with, and my head and brain for a hot minute went to a place so dark I didn’t think I would come back, and that… I can’t believe I just admitted that on camera," he told his fans.

"People always say being a social media influencer is an easy job… but I don't think any human being ever is prepared to deal with the pain and anxiety of what it feels like for millions of people to be talking to you at one time."

During his 41-minute video, James went through each of Tati's allegations with screenshots of messages between him and the man who claimed he'd felt pressured to stay in James' hotel room with him.

Describing himself as a "19-year-old virgin," Charles added that he didn't "get a lot of action," and would "never use [his] fame to manipulate".

He accepted "full responsibility" for DMing men he fancied, but insisted that he never pushed for sexual activity.

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