Chrissy Teigen has issued a lengthy apology to Courtney Stodden over abusive tweets and direct messages that she sent in 2011, where she encouraged the former teen bride to commit suicide.
‘I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be,’ Teigen, 35, tweeted on Wednesday. ‘I was an insecure, attention seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior.’
Earlier this week, Stodden, 26, who recently came out as non-binary, revealed that Teigen ‘would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself’ on Twitter, after Teigen had publicly insulted the model on the social media platform telling them to ‘go to sleep forever.’
Stodden – who has shared their new pronouns, they/them/their – first addressed the abusive tweets in an Instagram post last year, and said they had not received an apology from Teigen.
‘I was an insecure, attention seeking troll’: Chrissy Teigen (pictured right in 2016) has apologized to Courtney Stodden (pictured left) over 2011 tweets where she told the teen bride to die
However, the wife of John Legend has now fully admitted her wrongdoing, as she tweeted: ‘I have tried to connect with Courtney privately but since I publicly fueled all this, I want to also publicly apologize. I’m so sorry, Courtney. I hope you can heal now knowing how deeply sorry I am.’
Teigen added: ‘And I am so sorry I let you guys down. I will forever work on being better than I was 10 years ago, 1 year ago, 6 months ago.’
Stodden – who was just 16 years old at the time – revealed this week: ‘[Chrissy] 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.”‘
Apology: Chrissy Teigen addressed the controversy on her Twitter account on Wednesday
A ‘dirt nap’ alludes to a dead person’s burial, and Teigen’s 2011 tweet to Stodden reads: ‘My friday fantasy: you. dirt nap. mmmmmm baby.’ Another tweet from Teigen to Stodden stated: ‘go. to sleep. forever.’
It is not clear what triggered Teigen to compose the public attacks on Stodden, other than at the time they were just 16-years-old and had gained notoriety for marrying Doug Hutchinson, who was 51.
In March this year, Stodden criticized Teigen and called her out for being a hypocrite for temporarily leaving Twitter over negative comments, when she herself had made such disparaging remarks towards Stodden.
Calling her out: Stodden brought up a 2011 tweet from Chrissy attacking them, as they criticized the wife of John Legend for temporarily leaving Twitter over negative comments
Abusive: Chrissy made a series of abusive remarks towards Stodden in 2011 saying she fantasized about the model taking a ‘dirt nap’ which alludes to a dead person’s burial
Teigen revealed she was quitting Twitter (though would later rejoin) amid a string of negative comments from trolls, which the model said had left her feeling ‘deeply bruised.’
At the time of Teigen’s brief departure from Twitter, Stodden brought up a 2011 tweet from the model which read: ‘Saying Courtney Stodden’s FB age got shut down for being too sexy is like saying the Nazi’s were just meanies. As in, not quite.’
Stodden first accused Teigen of bullying her in an Instagram video last April, they appeared to suggest the negative comments had all started after their controversial marriage to Hutchinson was first made public.
Stodden claims: ‘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’m going through a lot right now behind closed doors and I’m coming to a lot of, kind of like, revelations I guess about the choices that I made but also that the adults made around me when I was a minor and got married,’ Stodden said.
‘This video is definitely calling out Chrissy Teigen. She stalked me. She harassed me. She bullied me, and keep in mind, I was a minor.’
‘She would call me a whore, a slut, she would tell me she hated me. Every name in the book she called me,’ Stodden went on to claim.
Mean tweets: Messages from Teigen towards Stodden began to resurface on Monday
Attacks: Teigen went so far as to say she hated Stodden in a series of abusive tweets
Meanwhile, in a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast on Monday, Stodden also talked about how they have faced insults from The View’s Joy Behar and Courtney Love, saying: ‘There were a lot of celebrities acting like playground bullies. Some of the worst treatment I got was from women.’
‘Joy Behar had a field day with calling me a “slut.” Courtney Love told me I was a “whore.” People came out of the woodwork to beat up on a kid because she was in a situation that she shouldn’t have been in,’ Stodden claimed.
Stodden went on to say that they were left feeling suicidal during dark moments in their life, explaining: ‘There have probably been five times that I’ve felt like I wanted to kill myself—and made the actions to go ahead and do it. So, there’s been a lot of dark moments in my life.’
Fame: Stodden first found fame in 2011 when they were just 16, after marrying actor Doug Hutchison, who was 50 at the time. They’re seen in 2013 above.
Last month, the media personality and model revealed they ‘don’t identify as she or her,’ saying their ‘spirit is fluid’ in an Instagram post, coming out as non-binary.
‘They/them/theirs. I don’t Identify as she or her,’ Stodden wrote, explaining: ‘I’ve never felt like I ever fit in anywhere.’
While Teigen had remained silent on the claims from Stodden until now, she did address her own negative experiences on Twitter in March.
‘Hey. 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,’ she began.
‘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,’ she admitted.
Change of heart: Meanwhile in March this year, Chrissy Teigen revealed she was quitting Twitter (though would later rejoin) amid a string of negative comments from trolls
‘My life goal is to make people happy. The pain I feel when I don’t is too much for me. I’ve always been portrayed as the strong clap back girl but I’m just not,’ wrote the star, referring to her frequent fiery Twitter exchanges.
‘My desire to be liked and fear of pissing people off has made me somebody you didn’t sign up for, and a different human than I started out here as! Live well, tweeters. Please know all I ever cared about was you!!!’
Teigen noted that, over the span of her nearly 11 years of Twitter, she has ‘said f**ked up s**t and killed myself over it as much as you killed me. But one thing I haven’t learned is how to block out the negativity.
‘I’m just a sensitive s**t, okay!? I don’t wanna be this way! I just am! But I love you guys and I cherish our time together, I truly do. I also hate you,’ concluded the star, with a heart.