Chrissy Teigen has marked 100 days of sobriety and addressed her past behaviour in her first TV interview since her cyberbullying scandal.During an appearance on Today (US) on Tuesday, the Cravings: All Together cookbook author, 35, told host Hoda Kotb…
Chrissy Teigen has marked 100 days of sobriety and addressed her past behaviour in her first TV interview since her cyberbullying scandal.
During an appearance on Today (US) on Tuesday, the Cravings: All Together cookbook author, 35, told host Hoda Kotb that the controversy surrounding her past comments online and addressing it publicly has made her a stronger and better person.
"Having this period of time to digest it all and to look back and to realise that honestly there is always so much time to grow and to learn and to become more empathetic," she said on the breakfast show.
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"I look at my kids and I look at what I want their value to be and how I want them to treat people, and to see that in myself, that I wasn't doing that was — the hardest part for me was realising, 'My goodness, this really had an effect on people.'"
"I think about how much I've changed just in the past year, how much I've grown and learned, and then to think of that in the term of a lifetime, how much room there is to always know more and be better," she added.
The Sports Illustrated model went on to discuss being dropped from partnerships and TV gigs when the bullying allegations first came to light.
"You learn so much in the moments where you do lose so much. Your world is kinda turned upside down," Teigen said.
"For me, it was a big moment of like, 'Wow, I need to find out how I can be better, how I can grow from this, learn from this. There's that old cliché of 'I'm glad it happened,' but truly it made me a stronger person. A better person.
"That's when I went sober, I went clean — I'm actually 100 days sober today and I'm, like, so excited, yeah. I feel so good. I feel clearheaded."
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"I feel like I've done the work, and I hope these people can forgive and be able to welcome the fact that hopefully, they've seen me be better," Teigen continued.https://twitter.com/chrissyteigen/status/1404483941663313922
Earlier this year, Teigen was called out for her past social media posts, which she admitted were "horrible" in an essay for Medium, where she apologised amid the controversy.
"Not a day, 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," she wrote at the time. "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."
Teigen shares son Miles, three, and daughter Luna, five, with husband John Legend. In her June essay, she shared what she wants her kids to learn from her public apology.https://www.instagram.com/p/CVeFMtmMJ36/
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"My goal is to be so good that my kids will think this was all a fairy tale," wrote Teigen at the time. "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--k up in front of the world but rarely, and never not growing only more good from it."
Teigen added, "I'm going to keep working to be the best version of myself for EVERYONE. Everyone deserves better — even my detractors. And better is what you can expect from me. The world needs more kindness and love and I want to contribute to it. I've been on a path of self-improvement for the past decade and that path is going to continue."
Teigen, who has 13.3 million Twitter followers, became embroiled in the bullying scandal in May. In an interview with Daily Beast, Courtney Stodden claimed that Teigen sent them cruel direct messages, such as "I can't wait for you to die."
"I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behaviour but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel," Teigen tweeted in part of her first apology to Stodden. "I have worked so hard to give you guys joy and be beloved and the feeling of letting you down is nearly unbearable, truly. These were not my only mistakes and surely won't be my last as hard as I try but god I will try!!"
The former Lip Sync Battle host later shared a second written apology to anyone else she might have hurt online after receiving continued backlash for the Stodden controversy.
"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," Teigen wrote in her second apology. "I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry."
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