Kylie Jenner has joined a host of international celebrities pledging their support amid Australia’s ongoing bushfire crisis.
After receiving heavy backlash for what some considered to be ‘tone-deaf’ posts on social media about the unfolding emergency, the reality star and cosmetics mogul will be donating $1 million towards relief efforts, a source has told People.
“Kylie stands behind her desire to want to help provide relief towards the devastation the fires have caused,” the insider said.
The donation comes after the star copped caused outrage for posting a photo wearing Louis Vuitton mink fur slippers on social media, within moments of another post raising awareness about the staggering death of wildlife in Australia amid the bushfire crisis.
She then also posted another image on Tuesday with a now deleted caption - “find your fire” - that caused a few more followers to call her out on Instagram, Buzzfeed reported.
The entire Kardashian-Jenner clan was called out on social media this week for their apparent lack of contributions to the crisis, with Kylie’s sisters Kim and Khloe Kardashian both taking to their accounts to hit back at the claims.
“Nothing gets me more heated than to see people think they know what we donated to and to think we have to publicize everything,” Kim tweeted on Tuesday.
Elton John’s massive donation towards bushfire relief
Elton John announced at the end of his Sydney concert on Tuesday that he is donating $1 million to the Australian bushfire relief fund.
The 72-year-old iconic singer brought the audience to their feet at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena when he spoke about the fires, which are continuing to burn all over the country.
“There’s something much more important I need to speak to you about that is happening in Australia right here. It’s an apocalyptic absolute disaster,” Elton said at his concert.
"You should all be in awe of the work that the firefighters are doing.
"There are people out there who have lost their lives trying to save homes, there are people who have lost their lives and their homes."
"And last, is the plight of the animals and loss of their habitat that frankly, is on a biblical scale and heartbreaking."
Elton went on to call Australia a “magnificent” country and said he “loves it here so much”.
“To see what is happening here breaks my heart and so we have to come together and we have to fight and this is my bit towards it,” he said.
Heavy metal superstars Metallica have also shared their heartbreak online and the news the band, along with its AWMH Foundation, will be donating $750,000 AUD to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Country Fire Authority in Victoria.
“We are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New South Wales and Victoria,” the band shared on Twitter.
“The resulting destruction and devastating effects on all residents, animals, the environment and the incredible land in Australia is truly heartbreaking.”
Please join us and do whatever you can to assist as we, along with our @AWMHFoundation, are pledging A$750,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and to the Country Fire Authority in Victoria to aid in the relief efforts. (3/6)— Metallica (@Metallica) January 8, 2020
More donations towards bushfire crisis
Elton’s massive donation came just hours after Chris Hemsworth took to his Instagram account to announce that he and his family were donating $1 million to support bushfire relief.
Thor actor Chris took to his Instagram account to upload a short video revealing his generous donation to fans and also asked his followers to “dig deep” and make a contribution themselves.
Celebrities dig deep for Australia
Celeste Barber has raised a whopping $45 million (and counting) since starting a fundraising page on her Facebook account five days ago.
The Aussie comic has officially cemented her place as a bonafide national treasure this week after her ambitious fundraiser went viral all over the world.
Aussie icon Kylie Minogue announced she and her family were pledging half a million dollars to ‘the immediate firefighting efforts and the ongoing support which will be required’ following the catastrophic blazes.
The Melbourne-born pop icon announced she and her family had contributed funds in a heartfelt Instagram post on Monday, adding that the destruction to her homeland is ‘heartbreaking’.
Nicole Kidman also took to her Instagram account to announce that she and her husband, Keith Urban, would be donating $500,000 to the firies.
One day earlier, superstar singer Pink also pledged $500,000 to help with bushfire relief.
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