Chrissy Teigen apologizes for past online bullying
After a month-long hiatus from social media, Chrissy Teigen has finally broken her silence, apologizing for her past online bullying. This apology came after TV personality Courtney Stodden accused Teigen of online bullying by posting a series of tweets by the model in the past. Teigen issued the apology in her blog post. Stodden did accept her apology but admitted that it could be a ploy to save her reputation.
In her blogpost, Teigen reflected on her actions, talking about “the crushing weight of regret for the things I’ve said in the past”. She also wrote how she had privately reached out to victims of her bullying in the past, but did not mention their identities. Teigen wrote:
There is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets. My targets didn’t deserve them. No one does. Many of them needed empathy, kindness, understanding and support, not my meanness masquerading as a kind of casual, edgy humor. I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry.
Furthermore, Teigen explained about the kind of person she was back in those days, and how she did it to gain attention. Teigen was 25 at the time and sent Twitter DMs to Stodden, in which she urged her to take her own life. She continued:
In reality, I was insecure, immature and in a world where I thought I needed to impress strangers to be accepted. If there was a pop culture pile-on, I took to Twitter to try to gain attention and show off what I at the time believed was a crude, clever, harmless quip. I thought it made me cool and relatable if I poked fun at celebrities.
Chrissy Teigen and Courtney Stodden since the cyberbullying
It’s been a long while since those bullying days. Now Teigen has over 13.5 million Twitter followers and 35 million on Instagram. She shared her apology on both platforms, saying she is not seeking any kind of sympathy, writing:
I’m telling you this for context, not seeking or deserving any sympathy. There’s no justification for my behavior. I’m not a victim here. The subjects of your sympathy — and mine — should be those I put down.
Since those bullying days, Stodden has become quite famous as the teenage bride of actor Doug Hutchison. Hutchison was 50 at the time and featured alongside Tom Hanks in the Green Mile. However, the couple divorced last year. Stodden also came out as non-binary, telling The Daily Beast:
People came out of the woodwork to beat up on a kid because she was in a situation that she shouldn’t have been in. There were a lot of celebrities acting like playground bullies.