Story at a glance
- The model and TV personality said she had been apologizing to people she’s hurt online in the past.
- Singer/songwriter Courtney Stodden in May said Teigen had told them to kill themselves on Twitter when they were a teenager.
- Teigen told “TODAY” show co-host Hoda Kotb that she has “done the work” since the accusations came to light this summer.
Chrissy Teigen on Tuesday said she’s been trying to make amends with those she’s hurt following bullying accusations that went viral over the summer.
In her first televised interview since she was first accused of cyberbullying in May, the model told NBC “TODAY” show co-host Hoda Kotb that she has been taking time to “grow and learn” from the experience.
The 35-year-old media personality and cookbook author posted a lengthy apology to the site Medium in June for her “past horrible tweets” after the model and singer/songwriter Courtney Stodden told the Daily Beast in May that Teigen had tweeted at them and direct messaged them telling them to kill themselves while they were still a teenager.
“She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die,’” Stodden said at the time.
Teigen on Tuesday told Kotb that she “didn’t feel like anybody was going to read” her messages at the time. “I didn't really think about the impact and the person on the other side,” she said.
Teigen added that in addition to Stodden, she has been reaching out to others she’s hurt in the past, doubling down on a promise she made in her June apology.
"I’ve apologized publicly to one person, but there are others — and more than just a few — who I need to say I’m sorry to,” Teigen wrote in June. That included former "Teen Mom" star Farrah Abraham, who, in an article posted to Medium the same day as Teigen’s apology, said Teigen had bullied her online in 2013 after she sold a pornographic home video for nearly $1 million.
“Farrah Abraham now thinks she is pregnant from her sex tape. In other news you're a whore and everyone hates you," Teigen wrote in a now-deleted tweet. "Whoops not other news, sorry."
Teigen on Tuesday told Kotb that she had “done the work” since the cyberbullying accusations came out.
"I just hope that these people can forgive and be able to welcome the fact that they’ve hopefully seen me be better,” she said. "There's this whole cliche, 'I'm glad it happened,' but truly it made me a stronger person, a better person. I'm actually 100 days sober today. I feel very clear-headed."
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