Chrissy Teigen has pledged to seek “self-improvement and change” after weeks of controversy over her past social media comments.
The model and cookbook author posted a Medium blog post on Monday in which she admitted to experiencing “the overwhelming weight of regret for things I have said in the past.”
“There is just no excuse for my horrible past tweets,” Teigen wrote. “My targets didn’t deserve them. No one does. A lot of them needed empathy, kindness, understanding and support, not my meanness masquerading as some flippant, nervous sort of humor.
“I was a troll, period,” she added. “And I’m so sorry.”
Teigen’s comments come about a month after Courtney Stodden accused her of regularly bullying them online. The non-binary reality star recalled old tweets Teigen sent in 2011 in which she told the 16-year-old to kill herself.
“She wouldn’t just tweet publicly that she wanted me to ‘take a nap’ but she would tell me privately on DM and tell me to kill myself,” they told The Daily Beast in May. “Things like ‘I can’t wait for you to die.'”
Just days after Stodden made the allegations, Teigen apologized in a Twitter thread. “I am mortified and sad for what I was,” she wrote at the time. “I was an insecure troll seeking attention.” Earlier this month, Netflix confirmed that it had dropped a planned appearance in the “Never Have I Ever” series amid the controversy.
On Monday, Teigen avoided mentioning Stodden by name, noting only that she had “publicly apologized to someone.” Much of his blog, however, reads like a preventative mea culpa for others who might make similar claims.
“Words have consequences and there are real people behind the Twitter handles that I was looking for,” she said. “I wasn’t just attacking a random avatar, but hurting young women – some who were still girls – who had feelings. How could I not stop and think about this?
Elsewhere in the blog post, Teigen described a clear divide between her social media comments and her real-life behavior, and noted that she was “privately contacting the people I insulted” .
“I will not ask for your forgiveness, only your patience and your tolerance,” she added. “I ask you to allow me, as I promise to allow you, to recognize the mistakes of the past and to have the opportunity to seek improvement and change.”
Teigen, 35, has over 13.5 million Twitter followers and is generally known for her witty and effervescent thoughts. However, his social media presence has been increasingly thwarted lately. Just weeks before Stodden went public with their allegations, the mother-of-two announced she was quitting Twitter, explaining that she had become “another human” in the decade and more that she had been active on. the social network.
Her departure in March came days after she received backlash for working with Kris Jenner on a line of herbal cleaning products. She was also criticized when she opened up about traumatic pregnancy loss last year.
In mid-April, she reactivated her account, noting, “it turns out it’s TERRIBLE to shut up and no longer enjoy random belly laughs throughout the day.”
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