The Chrissy Teigen Scandal, Explained

What is done in the dark always comes to light.

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We all know Chrissy Teigen to be a model, host, cook, author, and John Legend's wife. She's fierce, outspoken, and charismatic. But what we didn't know was how her words have affected others publicly and behind the scenes. We never knew her to be a bully. Celebrities like Michael Castello and Courtney Stodden have come forward with bullying accusations against Teigen. Y'all, since when did Chrissy become a social media troll? Her words, not mine. Over the past few months, social media users have not let her antics die down. Chrissy has been held accountable and has made it publicly known that her behavior was unacceptable. And because of the ongoing accusations and public commentary, Chrissy Teigen is now canceled.

So, how did this bullying scandal come to be? And, why is it still a topic of discussion? Well, let's look at some key facts and the timeline of events. Chrissy's past seemed to have crept up on her. Because what is done in the dark, always comes to light.

Chrissy Leaves Twitter

Back in March, Teigen decided to leave Twitter claiming to be a target of social media trolls. This is when allegations started to come to light about her mean girl ways. The break would only last about three weeks, but she tweeted at the time:

"For over 10 years, you guys have been my world. I honestly owe so much to this world we have created here. I truly consider so many of you my actual friends. But it's time for me to say goodbye. This no longer serves me as positively as it serves me negatively, and I think that's the right time to call something.
"I encourage you to know and never forget that your words matter. No matter what you see, what that person portrays, or your intention. For years I have taken so many small, 2-follower count punches that at this point, I am honestly deeply bruised."

Courtney Stodden Speaks Out

Shortly after Chrissy's exit, her accuser Courtney Stodden shared their past in a series of screenshots of previous messages between the two. Hashtagging Chrissy as a bully. In April 2021, Teigen returned from her social media break and reemerged on Twitter. Triggered, and with full transparency, Stodden let us know just how to hurt she was over Chrissy's comments.

"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." "I can't wait for you to die."

Courtney Stodden reported her truth this past May in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Countless Apologies

After the interview was live, Chrissy released a public apology to Stodden.

"Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls–t in front of the entire world. I'm mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention-seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel."

The amount of backlash received over Chrissy Teigen's social media messages and comments forced her to issue a second statement in June. This time apologizing to any and everyone else she may have hurt. This includes Michael Costello and Teen Mom's Farrah Abraham. Chrissy refers to her behavior as a "mistake" as she wishes Courtney happy healing in May 2021.

Sidebar: Is bullying considered a mistake though when you're a whole grown adult? I mean, either this is who you are, who you have always been, or there are some deep-rooted issues involved.

Suffering the Consequences

It was reported in June of this year Teigen decided to leave season two of Netflix Show Never Have I Ever. It was also announced that Chrissy decided to step away from a cleaning supplies company she launched earlier this year as well. Since then, Chrissy has issued several public apologies on different platforms. Chrissy Teigen is now canceled and officially a part of the cancel club.

Chrissy Adds Fuel To The Fire

Earlier this month, Teigen has denied accusations that she deletes negative comments from her Instagram posts. Say what? As reported by Page Six, Chrissy states:

"People in my comments that are mad that there's not enough angry comments in my comments. They think that I like delete them. But like, what?"

Why is Chrissy deleting comments? Is she deleting the comments so she doesn't react? It's hard to say and who knows?

And because of her bullying behavior, Teigen admits that she is trolled by other users regardless for the type of content she posts. Though, she masks her reaction to accusations as "funny", it looks like social media gave Chrissy a taste of her own medicine. She doesn't like it either. As a result, Teigen has come to the conclusion that it's best that she doesn't get involved in anyone's shit ever again.

Social media won't let up, but the reality is there is no coming back from events like this. Bullying or any type of public hate-related commentary just doesn't subside after five months. It's something people do not easily forget. We now live in a world that has become intolerant of bullying, toxic behavior, and phobias. Apologies won't make up for the years of pain Teigen has inflicted on people. Apologies only have meaning for so long. A real apology is changed behavior.

I think we forget the tongue cuts just like a knife. Precise, sharp, and cold. We forget that words are everlasting.

With that said, I want to remind y'all that what people say to you or do to you, publicly or privately, has nothing to do with you. It has everything to do with them. One hundred percent of the time, they are projecting their issues onto you.

Their words and actions are a reflection of them.

Never you.

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