Jeffree Star is making headlines once again after posting a racy photo with his new man.
The beauty mogul, who parted ways with long-time boyfriend Nathan Schwandt back in January, shared a photo over the weekend straddling an anonymous man with the caption, “Thankful for all the blessings God has brought into my life this year.”
Though the man’s face remains hidden, internet sleuths quickly got to work— revealing that the arms embracing Jeffree belong to basketball player André Marhold. The Instagram account The Shade Room was amongst the first to make the discovery based on André’s tattoos.
Jeffree seemingly confirmed the news by posting photos with the athlete on his IG stories in which you can clearly see André’s face. He has since posted multiple stories of the two holding hands and called André someone he’s “hanging out” with.
André’s ex-girlfriend “Lo” tweeted her surprise at the new couple— however, there is no public confirmation that the two were ever involved.
André currently plays professional basketball in Germany. Despite his successful career, many have speculated that André is only dating Jeffree for his money.
The controversial personality was quick to shut down these rumours, tweeting that he doesn’t give money to anyone he’s dating. “I know it’s devastating news for some people,” he wrote. “But I don’t give money to anyone I’m dating or anyone who is fucking me. Work on your own insecurities sis, I’m not the problem.”
Critics are also concerned that Jeffree is using André to deflect from his racist past.
ICYMI, some have been calling for Jeffree’s “cancellation” after old photos resurfaced earlier this year of Jeffree causing self-harm (which he posted himself) and posing with a confederate flag. There is also a screenshot circulating from a social media profile page of Jeffree’s called Lipstick Nazi— which has led many to believe he had a beauty brand prior to Jeffree Star Cosmetics with this name.
Jeffree has since apologised on Twitter.
Regardless of the backlash, Jeffree says he’s happy and unbothered.
Let’s hope they’re both in it for the right reasons.