Chrissy Teigen Apologizes to ‘Targets’ for Past ‘Troll’ Tweets in New Open Letter
Chrissy Teigen has issued an apology for how she has used her platform on social media in the past. The former Bring the Funny host posted an open letter owning up to her hurtful behavior.
Teigen has received criticism over tweets she previously shared about Courtney Stodden, who famously married 50-year-old actor Doug Hutchison when they were 16 years old. In an open letter posted on Medium Monday, Teigen called herself a troll for her comments.
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Last year, Stodden called Teigen out for tweeting them messages such as “I hate you” and telling them to take a “dirt nap” when they were still a teenager. Teigen also reportedly joked about actress Lindsay Lohan self-harming in 2011. Despite this, the star has racked up over 13 million Twitter followers.
Teigen has been on and off social media in the past several months. In March, she deleted her Twitter account, writing that the platform “no longer serves me as positively as it serves me negatively.” Less than a month later, she returned, saying “it feels TERRIBLE to silence yourself.”
Then in May, she went quiet again, after writing on Twitter that she was “mortified and sad at who I used to be.” She publicly apologized to Stodden and said she would “forever work on being better than I was 10 years ago, 1 year ago, 6 months ago.”
In the letter, Teigen shared that she’s “been sitting in a hole of deserved global punishment” for the past few weeks.
Teigen Shares Open Letter Owning Up to Her Past Tweets
“As you know, a bunch of my old awful (awful, awful) tweets resurfaced,” Teigen wrote in her new letter. “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?”
Teigen shared that she’s been reaching out to people she’s insulted to apologize. She also says there’s “no excuse.”
“I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry.” The model wrote that she was “insecure, immature and in a world where I thought I needed to impress strangers to be accepted.”
“The truth is, I’m no longer the person who wrote those horrible things,” Teigen wrote. “I grew up, got therapy, got married, had kids, got more therapy, experienced loss and pain, got more therapy and experienced more life. AND GOT MORE THERAPY.”
Teigen said she wants to set an example for her children. Although she didn’t ask for anyone’s forgiveness, she promised, “I’m going to keep working to be the best version of myself for EVERYONE.”