John Legend Defends Chrissy Teigen, Claims Michael Costello ‘Fabricated a DM Exchange’

by Anna Dunn

John Legend has defended wife Chrissy Teigen amidst new bullying allegations from fashion designer Michael Costello. Teigen, who has been under fire for past bullying of then 16-year-old Courtney Stodden and others, has denied bullying Costello.

Costello Alleged the bullying with a series of DMs that Teigen’s team says are fake. Legend responded to an Insider article that discussed the potential for falsehood from Costello.

Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr. Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them. This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened,” Legend said in response to a tweet from journalist Taylor Lorenz. While Legend didn’t deny fault on Chrissy Teigen’s part in other ways

“Honestly I don’t know why anyone would fake DMs to insert themselves in this narrative. But that’s what happened,” Legend tweeted. “I encourage everyone who breathlessly spread this lie to keep that same energy when they correct the record.”

Costello’s team, however, also has a rebuttal, even without asserting the authenticity of the DMS

“Beyond the DMs and the public comments Chrissy Teigen left on Michael Costello’s Instagram for the world to see, there are emails and documents unreleased to the public which confirms Chrissy Teigen has gone beyond social media to blacklist Michael Costello offline, making him endure over seven years of suffering – mentally and financially,” Costello’s team told People.

Chrissy Teigen Recently Apologized for Behavior in an Online Post

Costello’s claims of bullying from Chrissy Teigen came after Teigen made an apology post on Monday. He alleged that she isn’t as changed as she claims. But Teigen wrote that she left that behavior behind.

“There is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets,” Teigen wrote, “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. I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry.”

Teigen also said that she got therapy since her bullying of Costello, Stodden, and others.

“The truth is, I’m no longer the person who wrote those horrible things. I grew up, got therapy, got married, had kids, got more therapy, experienced loss, and pain, got more therapy, and experienced more life.”

Chrissy Teigen’s bullying controversy started with Courtney Stodden, who alleged that the media personality and cookbook author told them to end their own life. What exactly went down between Teigen and Costello, however, is hard to say. With the legitimacy of the DMs in question, the situation becomes more complicated.

Whatever happens next will likely involve further apologies as Chrissy Teigen tries to salvage what’s left of her reputation.