Chrissy Teigen, who is known as Twitter’s unofficial mayor, has often scrutinised people online and trolled them to a great extent. Reflecting back on this behaviour, the author has issued a public apology for her past behaviour as a cyberbully. In a lengthy note, she admitted that she behaved like a “troll” to many people and that she is sorry for it.
In a statement posted on Instagram, the 35-year-old model said, “I know I’ve been quiet, and lord knows you don’t want to hear about me, but I want you to know I’ve been sitting in a hole of deserved global punishment, the ultimate ‘sit here and think about what you’ve done’. Not a day, not a single moment has passed where I haven’t felt the crushing weight of regret for the things I’ve said in the past,” Teigen wrote.
The apology comes after Teigen was slammed for making fun of Courtney Stodden. The TV personality, who is non-binary, alleged that the model bullied them many years ago. She sent messages to them urging them to kill themselves because of their relationship and marriage to actor Doug Hutchinson.
Reflecting on the controversy, Teigen said in her statement, “As you know, a bunch of my old awful (awful, awful) tweets resurfaced. I’m truly ashamed of them. As I look at them and understand the hurt they caused, I have to stop and wonder: How could I have done that?”
However, Stodden is not the only person Teigen has hurt in the past. She revealed that she is privately reaching out to these people to apologise to them. “I’ve apologised publicly to one person, but there are others and more than just a few who I need to say I’m sorry too. I’m in the process of privately reaching out to the people I insulted,” she wrote.
“I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry. I want to go a little further here, thinking of those I’ve hurt and friends I’ve disappointed. 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. Now, confronted with some of the things that I said, I cringe to my core,” the model concluded.