Chrissy Teigen says she 'was a troll, full stop' in return to social media amid cyberbullying backlash

Chrissy Teigen says she 'was a troll, full stop' in return to social media amid cyberbullying backlash
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Chrissy Teigen apologizes for cyberbullying past: "I was a troll." Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images; Rich Fury/Invision/AP
  • Chrissy Teigen says she "was a troll, full stop" after being criticized for cyberbullying past.

  • Courtney Stodden said in May that Teigen DM'd them "I can't wait for you to die" in 2011.

  • Teigen also allegedly tweeted in 2011 about Lindsay Lohan adding "slits to her wrist."

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Chrissy Teigen is apologizing for a second time after facing backlash for cyberbullying a teenage Courtney Stodden and others.

In an interview with Daily Beast editor Marlow Stern published on May 10, Stodden recalled how years earlier Teigen had sent them messages saying "I can't wait for you to die" after then 16-year-old Stodden married 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison. The marriage had catapulted Stodden to national prominence and made them tabloid fodder.

In addition to sending Stodden private messages, Teigen also tweeted publicly at Stodden after their marriage to Hutchison brought them negative media attention. Insider's Kim Renfro previously wrote that screenshots of Teigen's tweets collected by Buzzfeed that were sent to Stodden in 2011 and 2012 show Teigen (who would have been 26 years old at the time, roughly a decade older than Stodden) calling Stodden "effing weird" and "an idiot" and asking them to "go. to sleep. forever."

Teigen wrote a lengthy Medium post on Monday addressing the weeks-long backlash (including from conservative commentator Candace Owens, who has been a vocal critic of Teigen in the past) she's received for her "old awful (awful, awful) tweets."

The model also said "it has been a VERY humbling few weeks."

"There is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets," Teigen wrote in her apology post, which was also shared on her Twitter and Instagram pages. "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 humor."

The model's apology post references the fact that Stodden wasn't the only target of her "past horrible tweets," though she doesn't mention any of the subjects of her old tweets, including Stodden, by name. Days after Stern published his Daily Beast story about Stodden in May, a 2011 tweet surfaced on social media which seems to show Teigen tweeting about actress Lindsay Lohan.

According to a now-deleted screenshot shared on the Twitter account @Leyton, Teigen tweeted in 2011: "Lindsay adds a few more slits to her wrists when she sees emma stone."

The "Parent Trap" actress' mother, Dina Lohan, responded to Teigen's tweet with a statement to Fox News on May 14.

"As a single mother of four children I have raised them to be kind, humble and non-judgmental," Dina said when discussing Teigen's tweets about her daughter. "That being said, I will not judge [Teigen's] words towards others but I stand firm in one looking into oneself and continue to learn and grow #ownyou."

Teigen has not specifically addressed the criticism of her alleged Lohan tweets.

Representatives for Teigen and Stodden didn't immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.

Teigen wrote in her Medium post that she 'was a troll, full stop'

The model wrote on Medium on Monday that when she first started using social media, she tried to "gain attention" by "poking fun at celebrities."

"Now, confronted with some of the things that I said, I cringe to my core. I'll honestly get sharp, stabbing pains in my body, randomly remembering my asshole past, and I deserve it," Teigen continued, noting she was especially mean to young women and girls on social media.

Chrissy Teigen.
Chrissy Teigen. Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Teigen wrote in the same Medium post that she's "apologized publicly to one person," seemingly meaning Stodden, and is "in the process of privately reaching out to the people I insulted."

She also acknowledged that many of the people she previously cyberbullied on Twitter might not want to talk to her. Teigen concluded her statement by asking for "patience and tolerance" from fans and readers of Monday's apology post.

"I won't ask for your forgiveness, only your patience and tolerance," Teigen wrote. "I ask that you allow me, as I promise to allow you, to own past mistakes and be given the opportunity to seek self improvement and change."

Days after Stern's article was published, Teigen said she was 'mortified' and apologized to Stodden

Teigen previously publicly apologized to Stodden two days after the Daily Beast interview was published, adding that she'd also privately reached out to Stodden to apologize.

"Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls--- in front of the entire world," Teigen said in a Twitter thread on May 12. "I'm mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention seeking troll."

She added that she was "ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior" but said it was "nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel."

However, Stodden responded to Teigen's public apology by saying they'd never heard from Teigen's team and uploaded a screenshot on Instagram that appeared to show that Teigen had blocked them on Twitter.

"I accept her apology and forgive her," Stodden wrote in the caption of the post with the screenshot. "But the truth remains the same, I have never heard from her or her camp in private."

"All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology," they continued. "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."

Page Six reported May 17 that Teigen's cookware brand was "unavailable" on the Macy's website, though, according to the same report, Macy's didn't respond to the publication's questions about why that was the case.

A representative for Target told Page Six, in another story published May 13, that Target and Teigen "made the mutual decision in December to no longer carry the cookware line, given our continued focus on brands we develop and that can only be found at Target."

Teigen also stepped away from her cameo voiceover role in Netflix's "Never Have I Ever" amid the backlash, according to Vanity Fair.

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