The feud between YouTube stars Jessi Smiles (real name: Jessi Vasquez) and Gabbie Hanna has been a long one spanning the last couple of years. While some believed the pair were done fighting after their online brawl in the summer of 2020, Jessi has returned to Twitter with even more receipts.
We did a massive deep dive into the Jessi Smiles and Gabbie Hanna drama, so if you're looking for the tea, you've definitely come to the right place.
What happened between Jessi Smiles and Gabbie Hanna? It all started almost seven years ago.
The feud between Jessi and Gabbie actually started back in early 2014, according to Dankanator. The two had been friends until Jessi filed a lawsuit against her own boyfriend at the time, Curtis Lepore, for sexual assault. Gabbie continued to associate with Curtis and his friends afterward. When confronted about still seeing his friends, Gabbie reportedly told Jessi, "Curtis's friends didn't rape you" — which she apparently doesn't recall saying.
Six years later in November 2019, according to Insider, Gabbie responded to a tweet from a fan “deanime” (real name: Deanna), which mulled over the fact that Gabbie sided with her friend's rapist. Gabbie DM'd Deanna, saying she didn't believe the allegations and needed proof, and Deanna decided to send the conversation to Jessi, giving her permission to discuss it in a video.
Gabbie spoke about the drama on 'TMZ,' placing the blame on Jessi.
In a video interview with TMZ, Gabbie was asked about the drama between her and Jessi. Gabbie said Jessi shouldn't have made her DMs public, in which she discussed her opinions on the lawsuit. She followed it up by saying that she is incredibly toxic as a friend, and needs to go to therapy.
Jessi retweeted the interview, saying: "I want to make something VERY CLEAR - after Gabbie's video, I tried to reach out to her in a VERY calm way. The second I mentioned screenshots of what she truly said on the day of TMZ, she no longer wanted to speak and said that I was threatening her. The truth is NOT a threat."
This obviously inspired a massive tweet storm from Gabbie's end, claiming Jessi always sought to slander her character.
"Here’s some proof from Jessi’s own video that shows that Jessi has been actively trying to control my relationships and destroy my reputation for years. This is what abuse looks like. Isolation, control, and eventually, character assassination," Gabbie said in a tweet, along with several others. Yikes.
Jessi recently released a recorded call she had with Gabbie regarding the drama.
In a series of tweets, Jessi released an edited recording of a call she had with Gabbie the previous summer, claiming she felt the need to release the call to defend herself.
"I never planned to release it. In fact, there’s nothing I want more than to never talk or think about Gabbie ever again," she wrote. "But her continued lying about my trauma has officially broken me and I don’t know what else to do."
In the tweets, Jessi shares the recordings detailing their conversation around Gabbie's friendship with Curtis and the since-deleted tweets that have been at the center of their many feuds.
In the call, Gabbie told Jessie she wanted her to release a public apology.
"I want a public statement and apology saying 'I should have never done this. It was inappropriate to share private conversations publicly,'" Gabbie told Jessi. "That is the way that I will stop talking about this."
Throughout the call, Gabbie repeatedly asked for this public apology and threatened legal action otherwise, to which Jessi suggested they battle it out in court.
"Let's keep this offline and just sue me and we'll see what happens in court," Jessi said. "And then we don't have to bring our followers through this."
"I'm more interested in bringing my fans into it," Gabbie replied, "because those are the ones who are affected."
At this time, Gabbie has not responded to Jessi's tweets.
Hopefully Gabbie and Jessi can work things out, but at this moment in time, it seems unlikely. We're certainly hoping for the best.
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