Chrissy Teigen, 35, used to be known as the queen of Twitter, known for her savage insults aimed at anyone from celebrities and politicians to regular users who she disagreed with or took issue with. But now the former model has apologised profusely for her “worst moments”, having realised just how much she had offended people during a “very humbling few weeks” of reflection.
I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry
Over the past few weeks, she has come under fire for cruel posts from years ago, which were aimed at Courtney Stodden, Lindsay Lohan, Quvenzhané Wallis among others.
Taking to Medium, she shared a lengthy piece written from the heart, where she began by addressing her social media silence.
“I know I’ve been quiet, and Lord knows you don’t want to hear about me, but I want you to know I’ve been sitting in a hole of deserved global punishment, the ultimate ‘sit here and think about what you’ve done,'” Teigen wrote.
“Not a day, not a single moment has passed where I haven’t felt the crushing weight of regret for the things I’ve said in the past.”
She continued: “As you know, a bunch of my old awful (awful, awful) tweets resurfaced.
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“I’m truly ashamed of them. As I look at them and understand the hurt they caused, I have to stop and wonder: How could I have done that?”
She revealed she has made a public apology to Stodden last month, who had called her out for “bullying” her when she was a teenager.
Teigen went on: “I’m in the process of privately reaching out to the people I insulted. It’s like my own version of that show My Name is Earl! I understand that they may not want to speak to me.
“I don’t think I’d like to speak to me. (The real truth in all of this is how much I actually cannot take confrontation.) But if they do, I am here and I will listen to what they have to say, while apologizing through sobs.
“There is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets. My targets didn’t deserve them. No one does. Many of them needed empathy, kindness, understanding and support, not my meanness masquerading as a kind of casual, edgy humor.
The former model reflected on her ‘awful’ behaviour
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“I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry.”
John Legend’s wife admitted she was “insecure, immature and in a world where I thought I needed to impress strangers to be accepted”.
She explained that she jumped on a “pop culture pile-on” to “gain attention” to show off what she believed at the time was a “crude, clever, harmless quip”.
“I thought it made me cool and relatable if I poked fun at celebrities,” she sighed.
And while the mum-of-two was reflecting on her chequered past, she wanted to make it clear she wasn’t asking for your forgiveness, only fan’s patience and tolerance.
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She ended her speech: “I ask that you allow me, as I promise to allow you, to own past mistakes and be given the opportunity to seek self improvement and change. Phew. A lot, I know. Thanks for listening.”
The apology, as Teigen would expect, left a divide between fans who rushed to the comments section to share their views.
Many applauded her for having the decency to address what she had done, with one saying: “I admire you owning up to your mistakes. Grace and peace be with you.”
“Everyone makes mistakes. We still love you,” wrote a second.
“I think this is one of the best celebrity apologies. No excuses. Just owning it and promising to do and be better,” another clapped.
Someone else added: “This is called growth. There is not one person who hasn’t messed up. Owning it, making it right, that’s growth. Welcome back.”
But others weren’t so quick to forget, as one asked: “This supposed to make it all better?”
A second stated: “No. There’s no coming back.”
While someone else pointed out: “You’re only sorry because you lost endorsements.”
“But it was not just once … you repeated many times. So how can it be a MISTAKE?” sighed another.
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