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Chrissy Teigen: Cyberbullying backlash ‘made me a stronger person’

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Chrissy Teigen says losing endorsement deals after she was accused of cyberbullying made her “a stronger person.”

“I think you learn so much in the moments where you do lose so much. You lose it all. Your world is kind of turned upside-down,” Teigen said Tuesday in an interview with the “Today” show’s Hoda Kotb.

The sitdown on NBC’s morning show marked the first TV interview for the politically active cookbook author since the fallout in May following reports that a decade earlier she had bullied some social media users, including a 16-year-old nonbinary person whom she allegedly told to commit suicide.

Teigen, who’s married to “All of Me” singer John Legend, apologized for the remarks, but the controversy led to retailers, including Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, discontinuing cookware deals with her.

“For me it was a big moment of like, wow, I need to find out how I can be better, how I can grow from this, learn from this,” Teigen, 35, told Kotb.

“You don’t want to say there’s that whole cliche like ‘I’m glad it happened,’ but truly it made me a stronger person, a better person.”

“I think the hardest part for me was realizing that my goodness, like this really had an effect on people,” Teigen — a once-prolific tweeter and a vocal critic of former President Trump — said.

A decade ago, she said when she would hurl insults online, “You just kind of throw things out there, and you don’t really think about the impact, and the person on the other side.”

The episode also propelled Teigen to see a therapist and quit drinking, she said: “That’s when I went sober. I went clean. I’m actually 100 days sober today, and I’m excited.”

“I feel like I’ve done the work,” she added, “and I just hope these people can forgive and be able to welcome the fact that hopefully they’ve seen me be better.”

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