Jake Bailey, makeup artist for stars like Katy Perry, Emmy Rossum, Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez and Gwen Stefani, was found dead in his home yesterday in L.A. after an apparent suicide from carbon monoxide poisoning. He was only 37. A variety of his famous clients have already responded to his death on social media, but Katy Perry, who he had recently worked with for her Cosmo cover and Super Bowl look, wrote an especially profound message.
Katy seemed particularly close with the artist, and claims they even meditated together at work. She wrote, “My favorite moments of recent times is when we would meditate together during breaks on different jobs…tune all the noise out, forget about hollywood and the chaos that surrounds it, and look for a slice of peace, 20 minutes at a time. I know sometimes it was hard to find consistent happiness here on this earth, I understand you in that way.”
The whole message:
My sweet, sensitive soul.
What a wonderful journey and friendship we had together. What beautiful art we created together. We conquered the worlds biggest stages, together. I know you felt life so intensely and it created this incredible artistic passion in you that came out in everything you touched, from the amazing images you took to the ways you painted your muses, highlighting the beauty in everyone. You had the most otherworldly eye to detail… we would laugh about how you could take a nap in that eyelid crease you created (cause it was so deep) or Jake’s 45 minute eyes… Which was such a precise lash that even Bambi couldn’t rival. You essentially created my “look” ever since we met on the music video for Hot and Cold. We always confided in each other, rallied each other at our lows and pushed each other to be our best. We never got comfortable and I know that was why we did the best work together. My favorite moments of recent times is when we would meditate together during breaks on different jobs…tune all the noise out, forget about hollywood and the chaos that surrounds it, and look for a slice of peace, 20 minutes at a time.
I know sometimes it was hard to find consistent happiness here on this earth, I understand you in that way. I want you to know now finally and forevermore that I appreciate you and all the lessons we traded each other in this life. I love you. No more work, no more searching, you are finally at peace.
Every time I sit in that chair we shared, just know, no one holds a brush to you, friend.
Be free now.
My prayers are with the Bailey family.
Other celebrities have been responding as well, including Paris Hilton, who called him “an incredibly talented makeup artist & friend.”
Other stars who responded were Emmy Rossum, and Ashley Benson. It’s incredibly sad to have lost such an amazing artist who had such a fantastic career, and seemed to get along so well with everyone he worked with.
Jake’s death is still being investigated as a suicide.0