John Legend Enters Chrissy Teigen Bullying Saga

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday June 20, 2021
Originally published on June 18, 2021

Singer John Legend has entered the bullying chat to defend his wife Chrissy Teigen, and it is getting messy-er.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Legend recently called out designer and former Project Runway contestant Michael Costello in Tweet that claims Costello fabricated messages from Teigen.

"Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them," wrote Legend on Twitter, THR reports. "This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened."

Additionally, Legend "included a link to a Business Insider story, in which a member of Teigen's team confirmed the direct messages on Instagram — which were posted by Costello on June 14 but have now been deleted — were fabricated," THR reports.

But how did this long, winding saga begin? It actually started with an apology.

After aspiring pop star and celebrity Courtney Stodden called out Teigen for harassing them on social media when they were just a teenager, Teigen offered a mea culpa in the form of a public Twitter apology.

But then designer and former "Project Runway" contestant Michael Costello also came forward with bullying allegations against Teigen, causing Teigen to leave social media and lose endorsement deals. Not gone for long, Teigen quickly started writing about the whole experience on Medium with hopes of blogging her way back into the public's good graces.

Her chance came when it was revealed that Costello has his own bullying backstory after singer Leona Lewis called him out for body shaming.

Costello apologized and Lewis accepted, but then Costello's credibility is now being brought into question with claims of fake Tweets by Legend and claims of not letting people "better themselves" by Teigen.

In an Instagram post, Teigen wrote: "Michael, you are now causing actual pain to people who are trying to better themselves ... Enough. Or this WILL go further. Not here, but an actual court of law."

Can't we all just get along? The answer is obviously no, but this clearly illustrates that bullying is not the way.

The saga continues.