Chrissy Teigen has issued an apology to Courtney Stodden for previously bullying them online.
Earlier this week Stodden, who has come out as nonbinary, opened up to The Daily Beast about verbal attacks they endured from Teigen several years ago. Responding to the report in a series of tweets Wednesday, Teigen admitted she was "mortified" by the person she used to be.
"Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls**t in front of the entire world. I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention seeking troll," she wrote. "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!!"
Teigen explained that she had tried to connect with Stodden "privately" but also felt she needed to issue a public apology.
"I’m so sorry, Courtney. I hope you can heal now knowing how deeply sorry I am," she wrote. "And I am so sorry I let you guys down. I will forever work on being better than I was 10 years ago, 1 year ago, 6 months ago."
Stodden, who goes by the they/them pronouns, acknowledged Teigen's apology and said they forgave her, but added that Teigen had not contacted them directly.
"In fact, she blocked me on Twitter," Stodden wrote in an Instagram post that included a screenshot of the message on Twitter that they had been blocked by Teigen. "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."
In their interview with The Daily Beast, Stodden said that Teigen "wouldn't just publicly tweet about wanting me to take 'a dirt nap' but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself," adding that Teigen had also sent a message stating "I can't wait for you to die."
Teigen has since been slammed on Twitter, but it is not the first time she has faced heat on social media. In 2020, she admitted to blocking 1 million "sick psychopaths" who were trolling her Twitter account amid conspiracy theories that she and husband John Legend once boarded convicted pedophile's Jeffrey Epstein's private jet.
Last year, she took a temporary break from Twitter after best-selling cookbook author Alison Roman said the model's brand horrified her. Teigen returned to the social media platform weeks later but quit Twiter again earlier this year because it "serves me negatively," she explained in now-deleted tweets.
"My life goal is to make people happy. The pain I feel when I don't is too much for me. I've always been portrayed as the strong clap back girl but I'm just not," she wrote. "My desire to be liked and fear of pi***ing people off has made me somebody you didn't sign up for, and a different human than I started out here as! Live well, tweeters. Please know all I ever cared about was you!!!"
Teigen has since rejoined the Twitterverse.
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