This week, John Legend
defended wife Chrissy Teigen
against cyberbullying allegations made by designer Michael Costello
Legend responded to the allegations against his wife in a Twitter
thread on Friday, claiming that Costello, a "Project Runway" veteran, had "fabricated" a series of Instagram
back to 2014 that were used as the basis for his claims.
“This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened,” Legend wrote, including a link to a Thursday Insider article in which one of Teigen’s representatives dismissed the alleged exchange between her and Costello as “fake.”
Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but Mr Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them, which never happened. Receipts below: https://t.co/Toh2rjTXNS
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 18, 2021
The presence of Instagram design and video features in the screenshots Costello provided did not fit the timeline of his claims, according to the Insider article.
According to the article, “the screenshots appear to have been manipulated.”
Legend continued a moment later:
I honestly don't understand why anyone would fake DMs to insert themselves into this story, but that's exactly what happened. — John Legend (@johnlegend) June 18, 2021
I encourage everyone who has breathlessly spread this lie to do so again when the record is corrected—John Legend (@johnlegend) June 18, 2021
Teigen responded with a lengthy statement of her own later in the day on Friday.
“Chrissy has acknowledged her past behavior and the pain she has caused, but she will not stand for anyone spreading false accusations to further tarnish her name and reputation,” the statement said, adding, “Chrissy will continue to do the work
she needs to do to be the best person she can be, and she hopes Michael Costello will do the same.”
I have no idea what the fuck Michael Costello is up to. He just released a statement in which he didn't acknowledge how fake the dm's were, and now claims to have emails that don't exist. So, while he conjures those up (hopefully with someone more talented in fakes this time), here: pic.twitter.com/Y9FjJAY3Xw — chrissy teigen (@chrissyteig
As of Friday afternoon, Costello's Instagram account was set to private, and a representative for the designer did not respond immediately to Stardia's request for comment.
accused Teigen of online bullying last month, citing Teigen's tweets in 2011 telling the then-16-year-old to kill themselves in an interview
with The Daily Beast.
Teigen apologized to Stodden for the second time on Monday, calling herself a "troll" in a Medium post.
“There are simply no excuses for my previous horrible tweets,” she wrote. “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
About a day after the post went live, Costello came forward with his claims, claiming he had "thoughts of suicide
" after Teigen accused him of racism
on social media
, and later blacklisting him in the fashion
“I didn’t see the point of living,” he wrote on Instagram, “because there was no way I could ever avoid being the target of Hollywood
’s powerful elites.”
Later that day, singer Leona Lewis
chimed in, claiming that Costello had made her feel "embarrassed and deeply hurt" at a 2014 fashion show when his team refused to alter a dress to her size. Costello responded with an apology
, saying he was "completely blindsided" by Lewis' claims.