Chrissy Teigen has been in hot water ever since her cyberbullying comments towards model Courtney Stodden came to light a few weeks ago, but this isn’t the first time the star has had a flame war with a fellow high-profiler.
Stodden was the latest in the semi-long list of celebrities that the 35-year-old model and television personality, who is married to musician John Legend, has feuded with.
But now, more and more stars have come forward with allegations of bullying against Teigen as a result of Stodden’s initial callout.
Fashion designer Michael Costello recently opened up about feeling suicidal as a result of Teigen’s alleged bullying, which he claimed happened via text message, including one message he said Teigen sent saying “people like you deserve to suffer and die” after Costello was falsely accused of racism.
Costello also said Teigen tried to blacklist him from the fashion community, but singer Leona Lewis spoke out and implied that may not be the reason why Costello was on the outer.
Teigen has since denied Costello’s claims, releasing screenshots of his messages to her and a lengthy statement to her Twitter account.
Teigen’s husband John Legend also spoke out against Costello’s claims, saying the message exchange “was made up, completely fake, never happened.”
Cameroonian musician Denica also recently gave an exclusive interview to The Sun, saying that Teigen “pushed” her twice at the 2016 Grammy Awards. At the time of writing, Teigen has not responded to Denica’s claims.
Teigen has released a second full apology — just prior to Costello and Denica’s public claims — but there are years of history to unpack in order to understand what, exactly, she’s addressing.
Chrissy Teigen versus Courtney Stodden
The now 26-year-old model — who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns — alleged Teigen cyberbullied them both publicly via Twitter and in private DMs in the Daily Beast interview.
“She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself,” Stodden said. “Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.'”
Teigen made a public apology in a series of tweets on Wednesday May 12.
“Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls–t in front of the entire world,” she wrote. “I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention seeking troll.
“I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel. I have worked so hard to give you guys joy and be beloved and the feeling of letting you down is nearly unbearable, truly. These were not my only mistakes and surely won’t be my last as hard as I try but god I will try!!
“I have tried to connect with Courtney privately but since I publicly fueled all this, I want to also publicly apologize. I’m so sorry, Courtney. I hope you can heal now knowing how deeply sorry I am.”
Stodden publicly accepted Teigen’s apology on Instagram, but said they have “never heard from [Teigen] or [Teigen’s camp] in private.”
“In fact, she blocked me on Twitter,” Stodden said. “All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology, but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realizing her ‘wokeness’ is a broken record.”
Target has since removed Teigen’s cookware line from their stores but apparently for unrelated reasons, whereas Bloomingdales did drop a deal with her due to the controversy.
She has also exited a planned voiceover role in Season 2 of Netflix comedy Never Have I Ever, and stepped away from her cleaning brand, Safely, which she developed with Kris Jenner, to “focus on herself and be with her family.”
Chrissy Teigen versus Alison Roman
Teigen and Roman exchanged a series of tweets in 2020 after Roman made unprovoked comments about Teigen in an interview with The New Consumer.
In May 2020, Roman criticised the Cravings author’s career trajectory in an interview with The New Consumer.
“What Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, line at Target,” she said. “Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her. That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that.”
Roman, who is a food writer, chef and internet personality, had also criticised Marie Kondo’s success.
In response to Roman’s criticism, Teigen shared an article covering Roman’s comments to Twitter and said she was “hit hard” and “bummed out” by what Roman said.
Teigen highlighted how hurt she was that Roman would negatively speak out on two successful Asian women unprovoked.
“I started Cravings because I wanted something for myself,” she said. “I wanted something John [Legend] didn’t buy, I wanted something to do that calmed me, made me happy and made others happy, too.
“Cravings isn’t a ‘machine’ or ‘farmed content’ — it’s me and two other women.
“I didn’t ‘sell out’ by making my dreams come true. To have a cookware line, to get to be a part of that process start to finish, to see something go from sketch to in my hands, I love that.
“To see that thing in my hand being used by people around the world makes me so happy. Watching a company grow makes me happy. I get joy from it and lots of people do.”
Roman ultimately apologised to Teigen, saying her “stupid, careless, and insensitive” words were a result of her “white privilege.”
However, Roman’s The New York Times column was temporarily put on hold due to the controversy, although Teigen did call the newspaper asking them to reinstate her.
In December 2020, Roman announced she will not be returning to The New York Times.
Chrissy Teigen versus Donald Trump
Perhaps her most infamous feud to date, Teigen and Trump have gone head-to-head many a time.
During the 2016 election, Teigen called out Trump multiple times on Twitter and continued the trend throughout his presidency.
Trump then blocked her on Twitter.
Tweeting about what exactly caused Trump to block her, Teigen wrote in 2017, “After 9 years of hating Donald J Trump, telling him ‘lol no one likes you’ was the straw.”
Trump never responded directly to Teigen’s comments, though in 2015, he retweeted a post that referred to Teigen as a “trashy gutter mouth woman” — a move she described at the time as “the greatest birthday gift ever”.
Teigen did admit to Vogue that not seeing his profile gave her anxiety due to the fact that Twitter was how he often communicated with the United States and the world.
Chrissy Teigen versus Farrah Abraham
Abraham has weighed in on the Teigen and Stodden drama, telling Fox News that “right now, [Teigen’s] just disturbing to [her].”
But where does Abraham fit into the equation?
As a result of her recent feud with Stodden, Teigen’s tweets regarding Abraham from 2013 were dug up.
“Farrah Abraham now thinks she is pregnant from her sex tape,” Teigen tweeted about the Teen Mom star in 2013.
“In other news you’re a w—e and everyone hates you whoops not other news sorry.”
Teigen was slammed for “s–t-shaming” Abraham but she quickly defended herself.
“How is calling out a willing (lied-as-leaked) sex tape participant who hired paps to photo her buying preg tests this AM s–t shaming?” she tweeted.
“Wow. amazed to see the outrage behind calling a staged leaked sex tape chick from teen mom exactly what she is. go on with your bad selves.”
Teigen was referring to the sex tape Abraham had made with porn star James Dean.
Nothing further came of it, until Abraham’s recent comments to Fox News. Abraham is friends with Stodden.
“When I initially saw Chrissy Teigen make these comments I could tell she was a desperate music video groupie and model,” Abraham said.
“[At the time] I just thought it was only with me and I ignored her because I don’t behave like that. Now I see it’s tons and tons of people. It really bothers me right now.”
Abraham says Teigen has never apologised.
Chrissy Teigen versus Candace Owens
Owens has led the charge calling for Teigen to be cancelled since Teigen’s tweets to Stodden resurfaced.
The controversial political commentator called Teigen a “child predator” and said that “Hollywood protects predators” and compared Teigen to Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein in a series of tweets.
“People wonder how people like Harvey Weinstein & Epstein were able to victimise people for years despite the fact that ‘everybody knew,'” Owens tweeted.
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“It’s the same reason Chrissy Teigen has been platformed despite publicly victimising women for over a decade. Hollywood protects predators.”
Owens also posted screenshots of historic tweets made by Teigen that she took issue with, including one where she told Sarah Palin to “shoot herself in the face”.
Owens rejoiced that in response to the controversy, Macy’s removed Teigen’s cookware line from their website.
Teigen has not responded to Owens’ tweets.
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