Beauty guru and YouTuber Bretman Rock has 8.5 million followers on Instagram, so you'd think that it'd be hard to mistake his familiar face for anyone else's, especially at a place like BeautyCon, which took place this weekend in LA. But as told on Twitter, Bretman had beef with a mysterious impersonator who allegedly traded on his name to pick up free products.
In a series of tweets, Bretman alleged, "So I'm reading comments and tweets saying that there is someone at BeautyCon pretending to be [me] and finessing products from brands and shit. First of all that is sick as fuck ew bitch, and second of all you will never be me or be as cute as me.. And just overall yuck. If y'all got pics send them because that shit is so ugly why would anyone do that."
So I'm reading comments and tweets saying that there is someone at BeautyCon pretending to be and finessing products from brands and shit.— i have, had it (@bretmanrock) August 14, 2017
If y'all got pics send them because that shit is so ugly why would anyone do that— i have, had it (@bretmanrock) August 14, 2017
Who could he be calling out? Turns out, the "impersonator" in question was Jayvee Valenzuela, who shared his side of the story in a lengthy Instagram post:
"HERES MY SIDE: Today at I was harassed all day because everyone thought I was Bretman. Every single booth I visited offered me FREE makeup and I decline[d] EVERY SINGLE BOOTH. All the girls who screamed and followed me around gave me anxiety and I even had to COVER my face with a bandana hoping no one would come up to me anymore so I can enjoy my day with my friend. The entire time I was there people ran up to me, people pulled my cardigan, people followed me...
I'm not trying to be someone I'm not and I'm clearly not Bretman Rock. As much love and respect I have for the guy I am still my authentic self. It's not my fault I happen to have similar features as the guy. I mean it's a compliment. He is GORGEOUS. But please, stop harassing me from Bretmans Snapchats.
This is the truth and take it as you want. Here are some of the girls I found on his Instagram who was at . I EVEN TOLD that I had to take off my bandana off my face before me and her took pictures because everyone was harassing me. Also the ONLY brand that gave me makeup for free was and that was because I have a certain amount of followers. I even had to show them my Instagram."
For more comparison, here's Bretman...
And here's Jayvee:
Sounds like this was just a classic case of lookalikes working in the same industry.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.