Chrissy Teigen says her cyberbullying scandal made her a 'better person' in first TV interview since Courtney Stodden accusations

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Chrissy Teigen says her cyberbullying scandal made her a 'better person' in first TV interview since Courtney Stodden accusations
© Provided by INSIDER Chrissy Teigen arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” at ArcLight Hollywood on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

  • Chrissy Teigen spoke on “Today” about the cyberbullying accusations levied against her.
  • Courtney Stodden told The Daily Beast in May that Teigen had privately and publicly bullied them.
  • Teigen said that she reflected on her actions over the past several months.

In her first TV interview since being accused of cyberbullying in the summer of 2021, celebrity chef Chrissy Teigen said that working through the accusations “made [her] a stronger person.”

Speaking with Hoda Kotb of “Today” on Tuesday, Teigen said that the past several months in the wake of the accusations had allowed her to reflect and grow.

“I look at my kids and what I want their values to be and how I want them to treat people, and to see that in myself that I wasn’t doing that was, I think, the hardest part for me,” she said.

In May, model Courtney Stodden accused Teigen of cyberbullying them when they were a teenager in an interview with The Daily Beast. Stodden, who married acting coach Doug Hutchinson and entered the public eye when they were 16 (the pair have since divorced), said that in addition to public tweets telling Stodden to take a “dirt nap,” Teigen also privately messaged them telling them to die by suicide.

Many of Teigen’s old tweets criticizing others also resurfaced in the wake of Stodden’s interview. Those tweets included one calling then-9-year-old actor Quvenzhané Wallis “cocky” and another in which Teigen said that Lindsay Lohan “adds slits to her wrists when she sees Emma Stone.” At the time, Lohan’s mother told Fox News that she would not “judge” Teigen’s words but encouraged “looking into oneself.”

In a June post on Medium, Teigen publicly apologized for her “past horrible tweets.” While not naming any of her previous “targets,” as she referred to them, the chef said that she was privately contacting those who she had “put down” in the past.

“You felt like you weren’t talking to anybody. You just threw things out there, you didn’t feel like anyone was going to read it,” Teigen said in the blog post, which she screenshotted and shared on Instagram. “You just throw things out there and you don’t know, you really think about the impact and the person on the other side.”

She told Kotb in her Tuesday interview that she had been in the process of reaching to those that she had hurt in the past, as she had promised in her June apology.

She had previously apologized to Stodden on Twitter in May following the Daily Beast interview, saying that her shame over her past behavior was “nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel.”

Teigen said in those tweets that her team had privately reached out to Stodden, but Stodden claimed in an Instagram post at the time that they had not heard from Teigen nor her team. They said in that post that they accepted Teigen’s public apology and forgave her.

Teigen told Kotb that she’s 100 days sober, and feels both “clear-headed” and like she has “done the work” over the past several months.

“There’s that old cliché, like, I’m glad it happened, but truly, it made me a stronger person, a better person,” Teigen said.

Teigen did not immediately respond to Insider‘s request for comment.

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