Though he bought the house barely 1.5 years ago, paying hedge fund manager Jeffrey Feinberg $14.6 million for the wildly extravagant premises, Jeffree Star had a real whirlwind of 2020. And that whirlwind has ushered in some big life changes, chief among them being that the 35-year-old onetime Myspace celeb-turned-cosmetics mogul and influential YouTuber no longer needs or wants his colossal Hidden Hills mansion, which weighs in with well over 25,000 square feet of living space.
In a YouTube video released today to coincide with the home’s listing, Star details the reasons for selling, denying his critics’ assertions that the move from California to Wyoming — where he already owns a ranch and is building a new mansion — is simply all about the tax benefits for his businesses, as has been the online chatter.
While the tax benefits are nice, the controversial internet sensation admits, the last year has been rough. Star’s longtime boyfriend Nathan Schwandt ended their relationship shortly after the move to Hidden Hills, and Star was subsequently “cancelled,” amid drama with other controversial internet personalities like Tati Westbrook, James Charles, Trisha Paytas and Shane Dawson. During summer 2020, Star lost millions of social media followers; perhaps more damning, however, longtime business partner Morphe Cosmetics dropped his brand from their stores and website.
But above all, Star claims, he no longer feels the urgent need to flaunt materialistic success. While he enjoyed showing off his mansion in a YouTube video that has since racked up more than 26 million views, the reality of being “a single person living in a 25,000-square-foot house” is not fun, and he’d like to see a real family enjoy the property. And so Star, a lifelong California resident who was born and raised in the Orange County city of Huntington Beach, is leaving his home state — for now, at least.
As for the California house, the elephantine property is located in a guard-gated community perhaps most famous for being home to numerous professional athletes, hip-hop music stars and the Kardashians.
Marc and Sara Shevin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CA Properties hold the listing.