What do you do with the money advertisers paid you that was connected to one of the biggest party scams in festival event history?
You cleanse yourself of the blood money, of course.
That’s exactly what Hailey (Baldwin) Bieber did after she helped raise money for the disaster that was the Fyre Festival – a scam that promised a luxurious island music festival.
Hailey – who is married to Canadian popstar Justin Bieber – became associated with the Fyre debacle when she tagged the festival in a photo with fellow models Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski from her modeling agency, IMG Models.
The agency nabbed $1.2 million from Fyre Festival creator and overall scam artist Billy McFarland, according to Refinery 29, between 2016 and 2017.
The money was distributed amongst the other models associated with the festival, but Hailey claimed none of it and donated her share to charity once McFarland’s illegal activities were exposed.
— Metro Entertainment (@Metro_Ents) February 7, 2019
On a recent segment of “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts,” – an unappetizing version of “Truth or Dare,” – on The Late Late Show With James Corden, she told the host what she did with the money.
You can watch the YouTube clip from the James Corden show below.
With two goblets filled with bird saliva presented on the lazy susan in front of her, Corden asked:
“How much money did you get to appear in the Fyre Festival promos?”
Out of respect for her fellow models, Hailey Bieber replied:
“I am not gonna share, but it made for a very generous donation to charity.”
For that response, the host forsook her from downing the slimy aperitif.
Hailey Bieber is forced to choose between drinking bird saliva and a question about Fyre Festival https://t.co/OAdktMMDUR
The people who wrote the questions for James Corden's "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts" segment really don't mess about.
This week the game — which inv…
— robert phillips (@berge31) February 7, 2019
One critic was nitpicky over her decision.
hailey baldwin gave the money that she received from fyre festival to charity. what about giving it away to the hundreds of local workers from the bahamas who put in their labour DAY AND NIGHT and who received NOTHING in return ?!?!? shame @haileybieber
— r.h. (@normigas) February 8, 2019
But most lauded her conscience.
Hailey Baldwin Did The Only Acceptable Thing With All Her Fyre Fest Money https://t.co/2TTG4vk7Pc
— Radio Edit (@radioedit) February 8, 2019
Also loved to hear that you donate the money from Fyre Festival. Love you Hailey ????
— Di (@haiIeybiebr) February 7, 2019
The Fyre Festival’s mastermind, 26-year-old Billy McFarland, who raised $26 million from sponsors, was sentenced to six years in prison by a federal judge in Manhattan after defrauding investors and ticket-holders while promising a luxurious music festival on a Bahamian island.
He was also sentenced for running a fake ticket-selling business in which he has a history of overpromising events and running a modified pyramid scheme.
The Washington Post cited an example in which McFarland sold a patron tickets to the Broadway show Hamilton for $430, but the tickets were canceled at the last minute. The patron was unable to receive a response after emailing his complaint.
— Complex (@Complex) February 9, 2019
Fyre Festival patrons who paid for the multi-thousand dollar tickets were shocked to discover FEMA tents in place of villas for accommodations and pre-packed lunches instead of the advertised gourmet meals.
The festival was such a huge controversy that it spawned two documentaries: Hulu‘s Fyre Fraud, and Netflix’s effort produced by some of the key players in the Fyre Festival scam, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.
Needless to say, the two documentaries take very different views of McFarland and his team’s intentions.
— Natalie Mignemi (@MignemiNatalie) February 1, 2019
Billboard reported in late January that the two agencies representing Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber and Emily Ratajkowski might soon be subpoenaed.