Chrissy Teigen and designer Michael Costello conflict over bullying claims

Chrissy Teigen claims the Instagram messages posted by Michael Costello are faux — and he or she’s popping out along with her personal receipts. 

The conflict between Teigen and Costello started earlier this week. Shortly after the 35-year-old publicly apologized for previous “awful” tweets, Costello got here ahead and mentioned he is “traumatized, depressed and has thoughts of suicide” due to the mannequin’s alleged bullying conduct years in the past. The designer provided purported screenshots of a direct message from 2014 as proof, which Teigen says is fabricated.  

“No idea what the f*** Michael Costello is doing,” Teigen tweeted on Friday. “He just released a statement where he didn’t at ALL acknowledge how fake the dm’s were, & now claims to have emails that don’t exist.”

Teigen included a prolonged assertion, in full under, debunking the DMs. She then included screenshots of her personal that appear to indicate pleasant messages Costello despatched her over the previous three years. The cookbook writer’s assertion additionally seems to hit again at Courtney Stodden’s declare that Teigen despatched her direct messages telling her to kill herself. (Teigen beforehand apologized to Stodden for merciless, public tweets.) 

Chrissy Teigen very clearly and contritely apologized for insensitive public tweets she made round a decade in the past. She didn’t acknowledge nor apologize for sending non-public messages directing or encouraging self hurt.

Chrissy is totally shocked and upset by Michael Costello’s latest assault, which incorporates fictional ‘screenshots’ from 2014 of supposed non-public messages that Chrissy didn’t ship. In October 2014, she did publish a touch upon Mr. Costello’s Instagram when he was publicly accused of constructing a racist comment. After he denied the accusation, and claimed it was primarily based on a photoshopped remark, Chrissy deleted the remark, as was reported on the time. Chrissy has by no means conspired with anybody to hurt his profession. The stylist he additionally attacked in his latest feedback was not part of Chrissy’s crew till 2016 and did nothing to hurt Mr. Costello.

Until Mr. Costello’s latest accusations, Chrissy believed she and Mr. Costello had a cordial relationship, as that they had pleasant on-line interactions for a number of years. In one from 2018, he commented on an Instagram story photograph and mentioned her lipstick ‘appears stunning.’ Another from 2019, mentioned a photograph of meals ‘appears superb.’ On January 28, 2019 he requested her ‘Are you going to the Grammys?’ Over the years, Chrissy recommended her stylists join with Mr. Costello for purple carpet occasions, however in the end different designers’ work was chosen. Recently, extra claims of Costello’s alleged racist feedback and remedy have come to mild, however Chrissy has solely simply now realized of them and, till now, thought she and Mr. Costello have been on constructive phrases.

When the supposed screenshots from 2014 have been initially circulated final week, the identify on Chrissy’s account was misspelled. Several media shops acknowledged this and selected to not run it, because it was clearly manipulated. This week, the fabricated screenshots have been cleaned up with the right spelling of Chrissy’s social media deal with; nonetheless, they might not really be from 2014 as a result of they function parts that weren’t part of the Instagram app in 2014. A better take a look at the alleged 2014 screenshots plainly reveals that they function her outdated profile photograph that was modified in 2016, alongside a video chat perform that Instagram didn’t launch till 2018. In addition, the alleged 2014 screenshots additionally embrace a shade format which Instagram launched in 2020. The outdated profile image and these new Instagram options couldn’t co-exist in the identical genuine screenshot. Recent media investigations have confirmed these inconsistencies as nicely.

Chrissy has a acknowledged her previous conduct and the ache she has induced, however she won’t stand for anybody spreading false accusations to additional demean her identify and popularity. Chrissy will proceed to do the work she must do to be the perfect particular person she might be. She hopes Michael Costello can do the identical.

Chrissy has each proper to appropriate the report and defend her identify. She just isn’t focused on making Mr. Costello the goal of harassment or abuse from anybody claiming to assist her. She hopes this is usually a time of trustworthy reflection and therapeutic.

John Legend additionally got here to his spouse’s protection on Friday.

“Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them. This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened,” Legend wrote in a collection of tweets. “Honestly I don’t know why anyone would fake DMs to insert themselves in this narrative, but that’s what happened. I encourage everyone who breathlessly spread this lie to keep that same energy when they correct the record.”

Costello issued a press release earlier on Friday standing by his story after a member of Teigen’s crew claimed the direct messages have been manipulated.

“The fact that Chrissy Teigen’s team is desperately trying to prove the DM’s are fake and attempts 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,” a spokesperson for Costello tells Yahoo Entertainment.

In 2014, an unverified screenshot allegedly confirmed Costello utilizing the n-word. He claimed the screenshot was faux. That allegedly prompted the supposed direct message change with Teigen, who purportedly referred to as him a “racist” and mentioned “you will get what’s coming to you.” 

“When a victim feels like their only recourse is to speak up, and the abuser’s first move is to discredit the victim and shame him publicly, this perpetrates victim-blaming and it costs lives. Seven years ago, when Michael Costello presented Chrissy Teigen with evidence directly that the alleged racist comment she saw was fake, she refused to believe him. Now, her team is quick to discredit Michael’s character in an attempt to salvage her image and partnerships negatively impacted by her decade-long problematic behavior,” the assertion continues.

“Beyond the DMs and the public comments Chrissy Teigen left on Michael Costello’s Instagram for the world to see, there are emails and documents unreleased to the public which confirms Chrissy Teigen has gone beyond social media to blacklist Michael Costello offline, making him endure over seven years of suffering — mentally and financially,” Costtello’s spokesperson provides. “Michael Costello is only one of the many victims who are living with long-lasting, unhealed traumas from Chrissy Teigen’s decade-long bullying behavior. Chrissy Teigen’s team has yet to reach out to us, or any of her other victims.”

Costello has been accused of bullying himself. First by singer Leona Lewis, though they publicly made amends, and later by Real Housewife of Atlanta star Falynn Guobadia.

Teigen has been engulfed in a bullying scandal for a month, ever since Stodden referred to as out the mannequin for sending harassing tweets a decade in the past. The writer publicly apologized saying she’s “ashamed” of her conduct. Teigen took a while away from social media earlier than resurfacing with a lengthier apology on Monday. Legend instructed paparazzi this week his spouse is “doing nice” amid the controversy. 

If you or somebody you recognize are experiencing suicidal ideas, name 911, or name the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or textual content HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. 

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