Explained: What exactly is going on with Chrissy Teigen and why is she cancelled?
Courtney Stodden claims Teigen told them to take their own life
Chrissy Teigen is Chrissy Teigening again. Over the last few years, she’s made a name for herself with empty wokeness and down to earth relatability, calling out Trump sat in her and John Legend’s mansion with a glass of wine and a slice of pizza in tow (because she eats food and drinks alcohol, like us!). This week, Chrissy Teigen is once again causing uproar after model and media personality Courtney Stodden has accused her of online harassment, targeted abuse and allegedly tweeting Stodden to “go to sleep forever”.
It’s been causing furore online, but the details and history of it all can be hard to follow. Who is Courtney Stodden? What do they have to do with Chrissy Teigen? Are there receipts for Stodden’s claims? How will Teigen explain her way out of it this time? And will her inevitable dramatic flounce off Twitter finally be permanent this time?
Here’s all that’s gone on:
Right, who actually is Courtney Stodden?
Courtney Stodden is an American media personality, model and singer who hit headlines round the world after they got engaged to The Green Mile actor Doug Hutchison in 2011. The engagement caused massive controversy due to the age gap; Stodden was 16 at the time and Hutchison was 51. Following the drama surrounding it all, Stodden appeared in numerous reality TV shows, most notably being a stint in Celebrity Big Brother over here in the UK in 2013.
Stodden came out as non-binary on Instagram last month, stating they use they/them pronouns.
What’s started the drama coming out now?
Back in March, Chrissy Teigen stated publicly that she would be leaving Twitter as the negativity was too much for her. In a long thread (Teigen deleted the first tweet of the thread, but the rest remains to be read here), she made the point that she has “taken so many small 2-follower-count punches that at this point, I am honestly deeply bruised. Never forget that your words matter. No matter what you see, what that person portrays, or your intention.” She returned to Twitter two weeks later.
When they saw Teigen’s tweets, Courtney Stodden branded her as “Hypocrisy Teigen”, saying in the video above that “I experienced so much harassment and bullying from her when I was just 16 years old, just 17 years old, just 18 years old, at a time when I was being abused. It’s so damaging when you have somebody like Chrissy Teigen bullying children.”
Well, are there any receipts?
Following the video, alleged screenshots were found of the many tweets that Teigen aimed at Stodden back in 2011, including one telling Courtney Stodden to “go to sleep forever”:
Teigen said she’s privately reached out to Courtney to apologise, but Courtney refutes this
Chrissy Teigen tweeted an apology, taking accountability for Courtney’s claims and referring to herself as an “insecure troll”:
Following on from this, Teigen said that she’s privately reached out to Courtney to apologise as well as publicly.
“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.
“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.”
Courtney Stodden has stated they accept the apology, but claims Chrissy Teigen has not reached out to them directly.
“I accept her apology and forgive her. But the truth remains the same, I have never heard from her or her camp in private. In fact, she blocked me on Twitter. All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology, but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realising her “wokeness” is a broken record.”
Chrissy Teigen has yet to comment on Courtney Stodden’s latest post, and as of right now, has not yet announced another Twitter break.
Featured image credit: @chrissyteigen