Michael Costello ‘fabricated’ Chrissy Teigen DMs

John Legend claimed designer Michael Costello “fabricated a DM exchange” together with his embattled spouse, Chrissy Teigen, in the wake of bullying accusations against the model.

“Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them. This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened,” Legend, 42, tweeted on Friday.

The singer, who has been married to Teigen, 35, since 2013, added, “Honestly I don’t know why anyone would fake DMs to insert themselves in this narrative, but that’s what happened.”

“I encourage everyone who breathlessly spread this lie to keep that same energy when they correct the record,” Legend continued.

Teigen’s rep additionally alleged that the DMs had been faux in a Business Insider report revealed Thursday. The story pointed to “technical inconsistencies” in Costello’s 2014 screenshots, with reporter Kat Tenbarge noting that the DMs might have been “manipulated.” Tenbarge additionally wrote within the report {that a} verified blue checkmark was not beside Teigen’s title within the screengrab that Costello, 38, shared.

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Designer Michael Costello, right here in 2015, has accused Teigen of bullying him.
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Instagram launched verification in late 2014, which might doubtlessly recommend the screenshots had been taken that yr. Additionally, the blue and purple messages featured within the photographs grew to become a part of the platform in 2020.

A video chat icon can also be current within the messages, Business Insider reported, though its utilization wasn’t accessible till 2018. The outlet additionally famous a profile photograph that Teigen had modified “no later than December 2016.”

This week, Costello — who competed on Season 8 of “Project Runway” in 2010 — claimed he had been blacklisted by Teigen and stylist Monica Rose following an allegedly Photoshopped Instagram remark the place he appeared to make use of a racial slur. He stated he was left feeling suicidal.

Costello’s allegations in opposition to Teigen got here the identical day the cookbook creator returned to Instagram and issued a lengthy apology on Medium for her previous actions.

“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 humor,” she wrote.

“I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry,” she continued.

Courtney Stodden claimed in May that Teigen used to cyberbully them and inform them to kill themself. Teigen, who’s married to John Legend, publicly apologized to Stodden, 26, that month, however the actuality star stated they had never heard from Teigen privately.

On Monday, Costello shared a sequence of alleged Instagram messages from Teigen, telling his followers, “For the past 7 years, I’ve lived with a deep, unhealed trauma.”

In his post, Costello defined that in 2014 he allegedly obtained a public remark from Teigen on his Instagram web page, “accusing [him] of being a racist.”

The designer claimed of Teigen, “She 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.”

Business Insider additionally reported Thursday that Instagram doesn’t take away false info and that the misinformation coverage started in 2019.

Costello’s workforce launched an announcement Friday in response to the claims from Teigen’s camp.

“The fact that Chrissy Teigen’s team is desperately trying to prove the DM’s are fake and attempts to discredit Michael Costello, a victim of trauma and bullying by Chrissy Teigen both online and offline, confirms that she remains the same bully, despite her public apology,” the assertion learn.

Costello’s rep additionally responded to Legend’s tweets, saying partially, “John has been complicit by observing Chrissy bullying many other people on and offline for years. We are not at all surprised by his biased support of his wife.”

Earlier this week, Costello was additionally on the middle of a separate cyberbullying accusation by Leona Lewis. Costello responded to the allegations quickly after, and the “Bleeding Love” singer, 36, accepted his apology.

“Michael, Thankyou [sic] for your apology, I wish you healing and that you feel better. For now today is a new day, spread love,” Lewis posted Wednesday on her Instagram Story.

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