Kat Von D has never been one to shy away from controversy , but its hard to tell whether the mogul loves the drama, or if the drama loves her. Either way , its a marriage she can’t escape. Through cheating scandals with award winning actors and never ending online feuds with fellow makeup stars, Von D has managed to throw more shade than one of her best selling eyeshadowpalettes. She’s the kind of celebrity that always leaves us wondering what spectacularly odd situation she will find herself in next.
Here’s the shady truth about your favourite tattooed star.
Competition and cancellation
Kate Von D got her big break when she appeared on TLC’s Miami Ink. But after an alleged falling out with fellow shop workers in 2007, she opened High Voltage Tattoo in west Hollywood and became the subject of her own spinoff , LA Ink. The move to High Voltage seemed like an effort to squash drama among her Miami Ink co-workers, but it may have actually been pretty shady. According to a tattoo artist who worked with the star before she became famous, Von D opened High Voltage Tattoojust one mile away from the small tattoo shop where she got her start, threatening their business. LA Ink was cancelled after four seasons, though Von D claimed that it was her idea to end the show. A now deleted tweet from the star read, “ I love how me deciding not to continue doing LA Ink turns into the show being cancelled”.
Giving makeup a bad name.
Being a magnet for controversy, Kate Von D shocked the masses in 2015 when she launched a new shade of lipstick called “ Underage Red “. Immediately , critics slammed the brand for its inappropriate connotations. Von D responded to the criticism with a rambling Facebook post defending her decision saying that the bold red reminded her of a lipstick she wore when she was 16, and said she “ will never apologize “ for how she decides to name her products, noting that the shade was sold out despite the controversy. This wasn’t the first time Von D stirred up drama with her lipstick labels. In 2013, a Von D shade named “ Celebutard “ was pulled from Sephora stores after customers complained about it mocking the disabled. Though Sephora immediately apologized to customers, Von D seemed to have a hard time swallowing her pride. In another lengthy rant posted to Facebook, the star wrote, “ Even though I made a mistake in naming a lipstick ‘ Celebutard’ I know what my real intentions were”.
Kat Von D vs. Jeffree Star
The feud between Kat Von D and Jaffree Star is basically the Taylor Swift-Kanye West beef of the makeup world. It won’t go away, and no one comes out looking that great, no matter the amount of makeup they apply. The drama erupted in 2016 when Von D announced she was parting ways with Star, accusing him of promoying drug use, racism , and bullying. Von D even went on to take credit for launching Star’s wildly successful career, claiming Star wouldn’t be where he was without her.
Logo stealing accusations
After Von D took credits for launching Star’s brand and accused him of online bullying, she dropped a major bomb: Star had stolen his company’s logo from designer BJ Betts. However, it seemed Von D pointed fingers before doing her research. In his own response video, Star admitted that he’d hired Betts to get ideas churning for a new logo , but decided not to move forward with the designer because he couldn’t afford him at that point in his career. What Vin D didn’t realize was that Star had already been in talks with Betts’ team about paying the designer and tattoo artist for his help in sparking ideas for Star’s logo. Star explained “ Now that my brand is successful, I wanted to takecare of somebody who was work for hire and that had helped me in the beginning and inspired something”.
Behind the palette
If Jeffree Star is to be believed, Kat Von D has her own shady situation with BJ Betts. Since launching her makeup brand in 2008, Von D has touted the fact that she’s designed all of the artwork featured on her makeup products. But according to Star, BJ Betts deserves serious credit for his work on some of Von D’s products. Though Von D has admitted that Betts contributed graphics to some of her Youtube videos, she hasn’t commented on him designing parts of her packaging.
The rebound girl
In 2010, the world learned that Jesse James had the audacity to cheat on Oscar winner Sandra Bullock. The Miss Congeniality star subsequently ended their five year marriage and became a single mother to the couple’s then three month old son. James wasted no time in moving on to Kat Von D in some sort of whirlwind rebound. Less than a year after his divorce was finalized, James was engaged to Von D, and the couple was flaunting their relationship all over social media. Despite james’s history of infidelity, Kat Von D dived head first into her engagement. However, in a surprise to virtually no one. Von D called off the engagement six months after it was first announced. Unfortunately, this was after she got a rather ill advised tattoo of his face. Von D claimed the motorcycle mogul had cheated on her with atleast 19 different women in a lengthy Facebook post titled “ Thank You, Jesse James “. In the post , Von D wrote, “ Today , I encountered the 19th girl to add to the list of people Jesse cheated on me with during this last year”. She also admitted that she was tired of “getting mistaken” for the person who broke up James’ marriage to Bullock. Though James didn’t comment on the claims, a source close to the star told people magazine they were ridiculous. Once a cheater, always a cheater, right, Kat?
Not only was Kat Von D allegedly cheated on by former fiancé Jesse James, she also claimed to have been cheated on by her one time fiancé Deadmau5. About a year after breaking things off with james, the DJ proposed to the star on Twitter with a picture of the ring, and Von D said yes. Unfortunately for the happy couple, their engagement would end just as it had begun, on Twitter, where Von D tweeted about dumping Deadmau5 after he cheated on her. Deadmau5 took to facebook to refute her claims, saying he had only been with another woman while the pair were broken up.
Though Kat Von D has accused multiple ex-flames of cheating, she’s never admitted to any wrongdoing on her part. But her ex-husband, Oliver Peck, has a thing or two to say about that. Peack, who was married to Von d from 2003 to 2007, told in Touch magazine that the reality star consistently ruins her personal relationships, accusing her of cheating on him throughout their marriage. Peck also claimed his former wife changed after finding fame, allegedly drinking so much every day that she would throw up. If Peck is to be believed , Von D is a hypocrite. If he’s not , she’s still got some pretty horrible taste in men.
No Trumps allowed
Kat Von D has been pretty vocal about not being able to stand President Donald Trump – enough to disqualify an Instagram contest winner over their political views. In 2017, Von D’s beauty brand sponsored an Instagram competition with a grand prize including an all expenses paid trip to Von D’s Saint and Sinner party and a $500 Sephora gift card. Makeup artist Gypsy Freeman was choosen as the winner , but there was just one problem : Freeman was a Trump supporter. According to the Kansas City Star, Freeman received a direct message from Von D, saying, “ I just need you to know that I personally have a hard time with inviting anyone who would support such an anti-feminist,anti-homosexual/LGBT, anti-immigrant, and anti-climate change fascist such as Trump”. Freeman ended up not attending the party, and all evidence of the contest was scrubbed from Kat Von D’s social media accounts.
Romanticizing mental illness
Kat Von D broke down gender barriers in early 2018 when she announced her collaboration with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. The Punk rocker and eyeliner enthusiast launched a limited edition eyeliner through Kat Von D Beauty and named it after Green Day’s iconic song “ Basket Case “. Unfortunately, the Basket Case anti-precision liner caused a stir because of an interesting creative choice in branding.
Von D and Armstrong channelled an iconic photo of punk rocker Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in their promotional images, a move that didn’t sit well for a number of beauty fans. Vicious and Spungen had a famously dark relationship that was marred with domestic violence and mental illness, ending with Spungen’s mysterious murder and Vicious’ infamous overdose. When fans accused Von D of romanticizing domestic violence and mental illness, the star responded on social media by claiming critics were “nitpicking a campaign that has nothing to do with mental illness”.