‘I was a troll’: Chrissy Teigen apologises for ‘past horrible tweets’

Chrissy Teigen has issued a lengthy apology for her “past horrible tweets,” and said she’s privately reaching out to “the people I insulted”.

The TV host and supermodel with 13.5 million Twitter followers had been quiet on social media in recent weeks after apologising last month to reality star Courtney Stodden, who accused Teigen of mocking her and telling her to kill herself in 2011, when Stodden was 16.

Teigen, 35, wrote in a Medium post published on Monday that there are “more than just a few” people to whom she needs to say sorry.

Chrissy Teigen says she has reached out to people she abused on Twitter.Credit:AP

“There is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets,” Teigen wrote. “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 so sorry.”

Teigen wrote that she acted like a different person on social media than she did in real life.

“In reality, I was insecure, immature and in a world where I thought I needed to impress strangers to be accepted,” Teigen wrote. “If there was a pop culture pile-on, I took to Twitter to try to gain attention and show off what I at the time believed was a crude, clever, harmless quip. I thought it made me cool and relatable if I poked fun at celebrities.

“Now, confronted with some of the things that I said, I cringe to my core,” she continued. “I’ll honestly get sharp, stabbing pains in my body, randomly remembering my asshole past, and I deserve it.”

The Medium message comes about a month after Teigen apologised for past comments toward Stodden.

“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,” Stodden told the outlet of Teigen. “Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.’ ”

In her May apology, Teigen tweeted she was “ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behaviour but that… is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel.”

Reality show star Courtney Stodden, pictured on the left at an awards show in 2015, said Chrissy Teigen, on the right in 2020, followed up mocking tweets with direct messages wishing for her death. Credit:AP

On Monday, Teigen wrote that she is reaching out to others whom she insulted as well. She also made suicide attempt jokes about Lindsay Lohan and said she’d rather be sterile than have a child like Avril Lavigne.

“I understand that they may not want to speak to me,” Teigen wrote on Medium. “I don’t think I’d like to speak to me. (The real truth in all of this is how much I actually cannot take confrontation.) But if they do, I am here and I will listen to what they have to say, while apologising through sobs.”

Teigen wrote that her husband, singer John Legend, often tells her that their 5-year-old daughter, Luna, reminds him of her. She said they always encourage Luna and their 3-year-old son, Miles, to be kind, and hopes their children can realise her “evolution.”

“I’m going to keep working to be the best version of myself for EVERYONE,” Teigen wrote. “Everyone deserves better — even my detractors. And better is what you can expect from me.”

Last year, food writer Alison Roman left the New York Times after Teigen said she was hurt Roman criticised her own food writing career as a sellout, triggering a huge social media backlash.

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