Chrissy Teigen says she is “surprised” and “disappointed” by Michael Costello’s bullying accusations against her, saying the alleged DMs he posted between the two are “fictitious.”
“No idea what the f ** k Michael Costello is doing,” she wrote alongside a long statement Friday afternoon. “He just issued a statement in which he did not at all acknowledge how bogus DMs were, and now claims to have emails that don’t exist. So, while he talks about them (hopefully with someone more talented in fakes this time), here… ”
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The statement, titled “on behalf of Chrissy Teigen,” says she had a “cordial relationship” with the designer based on “friendly online interactions,” and was therefore flabbergasted when he accused her of bullying. so bad that it left him suicidal.
“When the supposed screenshots from 2014 were originally released last week,” he continues, “the name on Chrissy’s account was misspelled.” The statement also highlights alleged inconsistencies regarding an old profile photo and the video chat feature.
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“Chrissy has every right to correct the case and defend her name,” the letter concluded. “She is not interested in making Mr. Costello the target of harassment or abuse from anyone who claims to support her. She hopes it will be a time for honest reflection and healing. “
Earlier this week, Costello claimed that a misunderstanding with Teigen, 35, led to him being blacklisted in the fashion industry, leaving him suicidal.
“For the past seven years, I have lived with deep, unhealed trauma,” he wrote on Instagram.
Project track competitor Costello, 38, alleged that in 2014, Teigen “was apparently forming her own opinion of me based on a photoshopped comment floating on the internet which has now been proven to be false by Instagram and has since been deleted.”
He said he tried to explain the confusion – which apparently gave the impression that he had used a racial insult – to Teigen, who he said “told me that my career was over and that all my doors would be closed from there. at”.
Costello posted screenshots allegedly showing a direct discussion thread with Teigen in which she said, “Racists like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, look.
“I didn’t see the point in living,” Costello wrote. “There was no way for me to escape the target of the powerful Hollywood elites.”
“I’m not doing well,” he continued. “I may never be well, but today I choose to speak my truth.”
Teigen’s husband John Legend tweeted his support for his wife on Friday while calling Costello.
“Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apologies, Mr. Costello fabricated a DM swap between them. This swap was made up, completely bogus, never happened,” tweeted Legend, 42 years.
The singer, who has been married to Teigen since 2013, added, “Honestly, I don’t know why anyone would pretend to fit into this narrative, but it did. I encourage anyone who is spreading this breathless lie to keep the same energy when correcting the record.
The Costello team, meanwhile, released their own statement on Friday: “The fact that Chrissy Teigen’s team is desperate to prove that the DMs are bogus and [attempting] to discredit Michael Costello, a victim of trauma and bullying by Chrissy Teigen both online and offline, confirms that she remains the same bully, despite her public apology.
Last month, the model was plagued by a bullying scandal when her old tweets resurfaced online. In a 2011 tweet, she told Courtney Stodden to “take a nap” for which she has since been sorry.
She wrote several excuses, including the second that she used to call herself “insecure” and “immature.”
“Not a day, not a single moment went by that I did not feel the overwhelming weight of regret for the things I have said in the past,” she wrote, adding: “I thought it made me cool and approachable if I made fun of celebrities.
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