Chrissy Teigen Offers Apology to Courtney Stodden, Regrets She Was a 'Troll'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday May 13, 2021

Model and author Chrissy Teigen has offered a public apology to non-binary singer-songwriter and media personality Courtney Stodden for comments she made a decade ago. In new tweets, Teigen admitted she's "ashamed" and "embarrassed" at having been "an insecure, attention seeking troll."

Teigen took to social media following an interview in which Stodden recalled how Teigen and others attacked them after Stodden, who was 16 at the time, married then-51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison.

"Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bullshit in front of the entire world," Teigen tweeted. "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."

"I have tried to connect with Courtney privately but since I publicly fueled all this, I want to also publicly apologize," Teigen added. "I'm so sorry, Courtney. I hope you can heal now knowing how deeply sorry I am."

Stodden, now 26, accepted the apology in an Instagram post — but with reservations. Stodden claimed Teigen never reached out to them in private, writing, "I have never heard from her or her camp in private. In fact, she blocked me on Twitter."

They 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."

In a May 10 Daily Beast interview (which is behind a pay wall), Stodden spoke about Teigen's comments in detail. "She wouldn't just publicly tweet about wanting me to take 'a dirt nap' but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself," Stodden said. "Things like, 'I can't wait for you to die.'"

Other celebrities piled on, The Daily Beast noted, including "Joy Behar, whom Stodden said called them a 'slut,' and Courtney Love, whom Stodden said called them a 'whore.'"

As the BBC also noted, Stodden recalled "a lot of celebrities acting like playground bullies."

"People came out of the woodwork to beat up on a kid because she was in a situation that she shouldn't have been in," they said.

For context, Stodden and Hutchison divorced last year.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.