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Twitter has officially turned on Chrissy Teigen for derogatory comments she made to a 16-year-old


by Sarah Finnan
12th May 2021

Chrissy Teigen / Instagram

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Courtney Stodden has spoken out about their past experiences with bullying, alleging that Chrissy Teigen amongst others, sent them several derogatory messages over the years.

Famously outspoken, especially on Twitter, Chrissy Teigen has long been a favourite with the online world. Not one to sugar coat her views, she rarely bites her tongue, and people love her for it. 

Sidestepping quite a few scandals over the years, Chrissy has narrowly avoided disaster on more occasions than one but it doesn’t look like she’ll be so lucky this time as Twitter has officially turned on her. What for? Speculation is rife at the minute, but according to reports, Teigen has come under fire for comments she made to Courtney Stodden in the past, in which she told the then 16-year-old, “I can’t wait for you to die”. 

A former reality TV star and model, Courtney has since come out as non-binary with “they/them” their pronouns of choice. Thrust into the limelight in 2011 at the tender age of 16, Courtney rose to fame after marrying 50-year-old actor Doug Hutchison.

Only recently finalising their divorce to Hutchison (divorce proceedings began in 2018 and continued on until March 2020), Stodden has done some serious “soul-searching” since then – a largely inescapable side-effect of lockdown and spending so much time alone. Speaking to the Daily Beast about the onslaught of abuse they experienced as a result of their relationship, Courtney didn’t hold back when it came to detailing what exactly they went through. 

A relationship that was not well-received by the public, they were subject to a constant stream of abuse on the topic – perhaps most surprisingly, from other celebrities. Commenting that they have “a lot of trauma” from that time in their life, Stodden said that some of the worst treatment they got was from women. “She (Teigen) wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take a ‘dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die’. 

“And not only her… 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. There were a lot of celebrities acting like playground bullies.”

Asked whether any of the celebrities who shamed them ever apologised for their actions, Courtney said that Perez Hilton was the only one to stand up and be kind. “They have not sought to apologise or sent any kind of love my way. The majority of love and apologies have come from reporters and also people online who tell me that they appreciate me and love me, and that I’m a source of strength for them. And that means everything to me.”

Only recently back on Twitter herself, Teigen took a break from the platform due to her own negative experiences with the online world. Choosing to take a step back as she was left “deeply bruised” by her interactions with others, her hiatus was short-lived and a few weeks later she returned proclaiming that she has decided to “take the bad with the good”. 

Who’s right and who’s wrong though? While the DMs Courtney alleges to have received from Chrissy have yet to be substantiated, several of Ms Teigen’s 2011 tweets (now deleted) do seem to affirm the bullying claims. Chrissy has yet to respond to Stodden’s accusations.