Laura Lee

YouTube beauty blogger Laura Lee apologized after all of her sponsors abandoned ship when racist comments she made in 2012 resurfaced on

Fans found her offensive tweets on her timeline and retweeted them, sparking a mass exodus of followers on her popular YouTube channel.

Lee posted an apology video and a lengthy apology message on “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she said in the video while fighting back tears.

“I deactivated my Twitter last night because I was mad at myself for the ignorant tweets that I made back in 2012. That girl who tweeted that isn’t who I am today,” the Alabama-native wrote on Twitter.

“People have called my mother and threatened to kill her. They have gotten her phone number. They attacked a child, my 14-year-old niece, attacked her. And I ask you this please, let this be me. Let this be about me. It’s not about my family. It’s about me. It is not about anyone else. This is my sorry.”

Lee lost over 300,000 followers bringing her total follow count down to 4 million on YouTube.

Click this link for a step-by-step guide that explains how to mass delete all of your old tweets (you must log into Twitter and download your Twitter archive first).