may want to keep her Notes app open for another apology
after designer Michael Costello
said he's still "traumatized, depressed, and has suicidal thoughts" over what he called her attempts to destroy his career.
Costello is speaking out about his own brush with Teigen back in 2014, shortly after she published her second apology for harassing a teenaged Courtney Stodden
online years ago.
“I didn’t want to do this, but I can’t be happy until I speak my mind,” Costello, who appeared on the eighth season of “Project Runway” and later “Project Runway All-Stars,” wrote in a lengthy Instagram
testimonial on Monday.
Teigen publicly accused him of racism
on Instagram after she discovered a "photoshopped comment" from a "former disgruntled employee" alleging he used a racial slur. Costello claimed the image was "proven to be false" and was eventually removed from Instagram.
“When I reached out to Chrissy Teigen to communicate that I was the victim of a vindictive cyber
slander, and that everything she thought I was was not who I am,” he wrote, “she told me that my career was over and that all my doors would be closed from then on.”
M I C H A E L C O S T E L L O (@michaelcostello) shared this post on Instagram.
Costello went on to claim that Teigen and celebrity stylist Monica Rose tried to blacklist him from the industry, and that jobs
he had already booked were canceled. The designer claims that the pair went "out of their way to threaten people
and brands that if they were in any shape or form associated with me, they would not work
with any of them."
“I stayed awake so many nights, wanting to kill myself,” Costello said, adding, “I didn’t see the point of living.” He said he tried to contact Teigen and Rose several times over the years.
“I wish no harm on anyone, and I don’t want to go back and forth fighting with anyone,” he said, adding, “I just want people to realize that I, too, am human, and this was the most inhuman treatment to ever be endured by someone who has seen decades of hard work, years of building a brand, crumble from one comment.”
Costello concluded his post by sharing screenshots of what he presented as private Instagram messages with Teigen, in which he pleaded with her to hear his side of the story.
According to the screenshots, Teigen responded, "No! I don't have anything to say to you; you'll get what's coming to you."
people like you deserve to suffer and die,” she allegedly wrote in a follow-up message after Costello denied the racism accusation, adding, “You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch
Costello's accusations have gone unanswered by Teigen or Rose.
Teigen only recently returned to Twitter
after a three-week hiatus following her scandal with Courtney Stodden, whom she repeatedly bullied online. In a since-deleted tweet, Teigen told Stodden, who is nonbinary, that she wanted them to take a "dirt nap."
In a Medium blog
post published on Monday, Teigen addressed her "asshole past," saying she was learning to live with the "crushing weight of regret for the things I've said" and vowed to do better in the future.
“There are simply no excuses for my previous horrible tweets. My targets did not deserve them. No one does. Many of them needed empathy, kindness
, understanding, and support, not my meanness disguised as a kind of casual, edgy humor
,” she wrote.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, call the National Suicide
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, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a resource database.