Chrissy Teigen apologises for repeatedly trolling Courtney Stodden

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen has publicly apologised for repeatedly trolling Courtney Stodden, who first became known in the public eye after marrying the then-50-year-old Doug Hutchison (The Green Mile) at the age of 16. In her statement, Chrissy described herself as "an insecure, attention seeking troll" and said she was grateful to have the opportunity to say sorry.

Screenshots of multiple tweets, most of which date back ten years ago, show that Chrissy even wished death upon Courtney. On the 7th of September 2011, Chrissy tweeted to Courtney: "my Friday fantasy: you. dirt nap. mmmmmm baby" [dirt nap being slang for death]. A couple of months later, Chrissy also said to Courtney, "go. to. sleep. forever."

On the 10th of January 2012, Chrissy said, "I hate you".

Addressing the cyberbullying in a video, after Chrissy took a Twitter hiatus due to trolling, Courtney (who uses they/them pronouns) alleged that cruel comments had also been sent privately. "She has sent me so many different tweets. Private DMs, up 'til a couple years ago," they said. "It's so damaging when you have someone like Chrissy Teigen bullying children."

They have also spoken out about how they felt taken advantage of at a young age by Doug Hutchinson. Sadly, when their relationship was made public, many press outlets ridiculed Courtney - rather than pointing out that they could be a victim in the unusual set-up.

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Photo credit: Joe Scarnici - Getty Images

In the video about "hypocritical" celebrities, Courtney also said of Chrissy, "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 needed help. Like, I was being abused."

When apologising for her actions, Chrissy explained she had reached out to Courtney privately too, "Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bullshit 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."

She continued on to say, "I have worked so hard to give you guys joy and be beloved and the feeling of letting you down is nearly unbearable, truly. These were not my only mistakes and surely won’t be my last as hard as I try but god I will try!!

"I have tried to connect with Courtney privately but since I publicly fuelled 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."

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Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images

Chrissy signed off by saying, "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."

In response to the apology, Courtney shared a screenshot on Instagram showing that Chrissy had blocked their account and wrote, "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."

Courtney added, "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 realizing her 'wokeness' is a broken record."

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