Chrissy Teigen ‘ashamed’ of cyberbullying past as she brands herself a 'troll'

She's taken some time off of social media

Chrissy Teigen attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Chrissy Teigen has called herself a troll
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Chrissy Teigen has branded herself a "troll" in the latest groveling apology for her cyberbullying past, as she returns to social media following a hiatus. 

John Legend's wife is renowned for being authentic, honest and funny on her social media accounts, but a string of unearthed tweets recently showed her in a very different light.

The mum-of-two was accused of "bullying" non-binary model Courtney Stodden in a series of tweets from ten years ago in which she allegedly told Courtney to kill themselves. 

Weeks after the comments emerged and Chrissy has returned to Instagram with a public apology, in which she details "the crushing weight of regret" she feels about the incident.

In a lengthy blog post condensed into a series of Instagram posts, Chrissy writes, "There is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets. My targets didn't deserve them. No one does."

"Many of them needed empathy, kindness, understanding and support, not my meanness masquerading as a kind of casual, edgy humour."

"I was a troll, full stop and I am sorry."

Chrissy—who recently suffered a devastating miscarriage—admitted she's been approaching those she insulted privately, including Courtney.


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Many fans were shocked to hear Courtney speak about how their experience with Chrissy had left a long-lasting effect on them.

"It really affected me,” the model said in an Instagram video. “It’s so damaging when you have somebody like Chrissy Teigen bullying children."

Hours after Courtney's admission in May, Chrissy issued one apology on Twitter saying she was "mortified" at her own behavior.

“I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be,” Chrissy tweeted. “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.”

Now, one month on from the incident and Chrissy asks not for forgiveness, but for "patience and tolerance," as she steps down from a Netflix voiceover role and focuses on bettering herself. 

"The world needs more kindness and love and I want to contribute to it. I've been on a path of self-improvement for the past decade and that path is going to continue."

Georgia Farquharson
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