This week fashion designer Michael Costello made claims that Chrissy Teigen bullied him.
The Project Runway star alleged that the model pushed him to the brink of suicide as he shared a message on Instagram alongside screenshots of DMs allegedly between him and Chrissy.
And now it has been reported that Chrissy’s team have questioned the legitimacy of the messages – said to be sent in 2014 – and suggested they’ve been edited.
In an article published by Business Insider on Thursday, a rep for John Legend’s wife claimed the Instagram direct messages that Costello posted earlier this week are not the real deal.
The publication added that they also noticed some inconsistencies – such as the images missing a blue tick next to Chrissy’s name – that may suggest the shots had been altered.
Instagram introduced the verification mark in 2014, so it would hint that the screenshots were taken in 2014.
Also, they note that the same screengrab features purple and blue messages – which was introduced to the photo-sharing app in 2020.
Business Insider added that the screenshots also display a video chat icon – which was first available on Instagram in 2018 but that it features alongside a profile photo that Teigen had changed no later than 2016
The Mirror has contacted a representative for Chrissy Teigen for comment.
On Monday evening Michael claimed that Chrissy bullied him so severely that it led to him wanting to end his life.
He took to his Instagram account to claim that in 2014 Chrissy “apparently formed her own opinion of me based on a Photoshopped comment floating around the internet which has now been proven to be false by Instagram and since taken down.”
At the time an online account forged a comment by Michael to make it appear that he had penned a racist slur online.
He says he then tried to explain to Chrissy that the image was doctored but she did not listen.
Michael told his followers that the wife of John Legend ruined his fashion career which led to him suffering from suicidal thoughts and years of trauma and depression.
In the post, he claimed Chrissy targeted him and shared text messages and DMs alleged sent to him from the Sports Illustrated model.
One direct message thread appeared to show Chrissy telling him: “Racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch.”
Michael also claimed that the star was also joined by her stylist Monica Rose and 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”.
Alleging that they would not listen to his side of the story, he added: “Each time I have pleaded with Chrissy Teigen or Monica Rose to see the whole story before believing a false narrative a former disgruntled employee cast upon me, they didn’t give me the time of day.”
Detailing how his mental health declined, Micheal penned: “I didn’t see the point of living.
“There was no way I can ever escape from being the target of the powerful elites in Hollywood.
“I am not okay,” he continued. “I may never be okay, but today, I am choosing to speak my truth.”
The designer added that he’s suffered for years from the abuse and shared that he decided to open up about it now in an attempt to set himself free from depression and suicidal thoughts.
Alongside the upload, he wrote a caption where he pleaded with his followers to not troll Chrissy and Monica.
He wrote: “You do not have to say anything mean or hurtful about them in the comments I am trying every day to love myself and forget this [happened]. This is step 1.”
The Mirror have contacted reps for Chrissy Teigen and Monica Rose for comment.
Earlier on Monday, Chrissy broke her month-long silence on social media to admit that she is “ashamed” over vile tweets she sent to Courtney Stodden when they were just a teenager.
The cookbook author also admitted that she has been “sobbing” through private apologies to others she has hurt over the years.
She also claimed that she is “no longer the person who wrote those horrible things” and that she “got therapy”.
This comes after Chrissy was blasted last month after it was revealed that Chrissy had told the American reality star to kill themself on Twitter in 2011.
Chrissy had sent Courtney, who now identifies as non-binary, a string of abusive messages when they were still a teenager.
They included telling them to die, to take their own life and to “go to sleep forever”.
Courtney, who is now 26, was just 16 years old at the time.
Chrissy first responded to the reports in a string of tweets on May 12 in which she apologised for her behaviour and claimed that she had tried to connect with Courtney privately – something they have denied.
Since then, her Twitter account has remained silent but Courtney shared a tweet today, in which a link to a longer post was attached.
She tweeted: “Hi again.”
In the post, Chrissy wrote that it had been “a very humbling few weeks” in which “not a single moment has passed where I haven’t felt the crushing weight of regret for the things I’ve said in the past”.
Chrissy once again claimed that she has “apologised publicly to one person” but that she is in the process of privately reaching out to the people she has insulted over the years.
“I understand that they may not want to speak to me,” she wrote. “I don’t think I’d like to speak to me. (The real truth in all of this is how much I actually cannot take confrontation.) But if they do, I am here and I will listen to what they have to say, while apologizing through sobs.”
She continued: “There is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets. 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 humour.
“I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry.”
“In reality, I was insecure, immature and in a world where I thought I needed to impress strangers to be accepted,” she wrote. “If there was a pop culture pile-on, I took to Twitter to try to gain attention and show off what I at the time believed was a crude, clever, harmless quip. I thought it made me cool and relatable if I poked fun at celebrities.”
The model admitted that she now “cringes to [her] core” and gets “sharp, stabbing pains” in her body when confronted with some of the things she has said.
But she insisted: “I wasn’t mean in my everyday life. More than once, someone would come up to me and say, ‘You’re so much nicer in person.’ Why was that not a huge red flag?
“But I took it in and tossed it aside. I did book signings where girls would call me a badass bitch, and I’d stretch my arm toward them as they walked away, looking at my friends and saying, ‘I promise, I’m not!'”
Chrissy continued that she “gets it now” and that she is “not seeking or deserving any sympathy”, adding that there is “no justification for [her] behaviour”.
She said: ” 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. AND GOT MORE THERAPY.”
Chrissy wrote: “My goal is to be so good that my kids will think this was all a fairy tale. Not the fake good. The good that has the best intentions, the good who wakes up wanting to make her friends, family, her team and fans as happy as possible. The good who will still f*** up in front of the world but rarely, and never not growing only more good from it.”
She continued to say that she would keep on working hard to be the best version of herself and that the “world needs more kindness”.
Chrissy finished the post: “I won’t ask for your forgiveness, only your patience and tolerance. I ask that you allow me, as I promise to allow you, to own past mistakes and be given the opportunity to seek self-improvement and change.”
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