Kylie Jenner hits back after cash plea for makeup artist sparks fury

Model Kylie Jenner has hit back after being slammed by fans for issuing a cash plea on behalf of an injured makeup artist.

Taking to her Instagram Stories, Jenner said she felt it was “important” to “clear up this false narrative that I’ve asked fans for money”.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star felt compelled to clarify the situation after sharing a post to her Instagram stories pointing to a GoFundMe page.

The page was set up by the family of makeup artist Samuel Rauda who was involved in a serious accident.

“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 families go fund me,” Jenner wrote.

The Rauda family took to the fundraising page to share an update on Sam’s recovery.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star shared a post to her Instagram stories which sparked a wave of backlash. Credit: Ian West /PA Images via Getty Images

“Sam underwent major surgery on Sunday, 3/14/21. He has a long road to recovery ahead of him,” the update read.

“I know he is loved by many. Your donations will help cover the cost of his medical expenses and whats (sic) to come.

“Please know that a donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.”

Kylie appeared to have donated to the page herself – with a $5000 contribution.

But fans of the star took issue with her plea for cash – given her apparent ‘billionaire’ status.

“Kylie Jenner bought her toddler a $15,000 handbag but is asking her fans for money,” one disgruntled commenter wrote.

“Folks are defending Kylie Jenner by pointing out she donated $5000 to her makeup artist’s medical GoFundMe. Her net worth is $900M,” wrote another.

“So, that’s 0.000006% of her net worth.

Samuel Rauda was seriously injured in an accident.
Samuel Rauda was seriously injured in an accident. Credit: GoFundMe

“If your net worth were, say, $100k, it would be like donating 56 cents.”

Hitting back at the negativity, Jenner shared a lengthy statement.

“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,” she wrote.

“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.

Kylie Jenner responded to the backlash.
Kylie Jenner responded to the backlash. Credit: Instagram/Kylie Jenner

“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 to share or donate,” Jenner went on.

“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.”

She continued: “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.”

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