The rise and fall of undercover bully Chrissy Teigen

Viewers of “The Voice” will see a shocking new industrial this Tuesday.

John Legend — one of the judges on the NBC competitors present — will seem in a spot for vacation-rental website Vrbo, alongside together with his spouse, Chrissy Teigen, their two younger youngsters, and Teigen’s mom Vilailuck “Pepper” Teigen.

It ought to have been a intelligent piece of cross-promotion. Instead, Teigen is embroiled in a scandal that’s casting a darkish shadow over her profession — to not point out the enterprise offers she shares with Legend and even her mom, who has benefited from Teigen’s fame with a newly launched cookbook of her personal.

Teigen has been uncovered for sending shockingly merciless messages to different girls on social media, telling TV persona Courtney Stodden in 2011 to “Go. To sleep. Forever.” and mocking Lindsay Lohan, who has admitted to reducing herself up to now, by tweeting that very same 12 months: “Lindsay adds a few more slits to her wrists when she sees Emma Stone.” In 2013, Teigen publicly referred to as “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham “a whore.”

The girls Teigen focused on social media

The revelation of these long-forgotten messages led to her Cravings cookware line — which Teigen tirelessly promoted to her 13.6 million followers on Twitter and 34.8 million followers on Instagram — being pulled from Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Although it was beforehand reported that Target had also dropped Teigen, a rep for the shop mentioned: “We made the mutual decision in December to no longer carry the cookware line.” Macy’s has not confirmed if the road is shelved for good.

Teigen is now holed up together with her household at their Los Angeles residence and a supply who is aware of her advised The Post: “She’s so raw and vulnerable … I don’t know if she can come back to social media.”

The Teigen supply admitted that the shop manufacturers had their palms compelled to sever their relationships with the mannequin after being bombarded by buyer complaints on social media. “As you can imagine, last week was wild,” the supply mentioned. “When people start going after brands, whether warranted or not, it creates a mess for the brands to deal with.”

Page Six reported that Bloomingdale’s was hours away from signing a contract with Teigen to host a promotional occasion for the shop, however pulled the plug on Monday.
Although a supply with information of the Vrbo partnership advised The Post there have been “no issues” and the deal is “moving forward as planned,” branding skilled Mark Borkowski isn’t so certain Teigen might be forgiven by her followers or the individuals who employed her. (Vrbo didn’t reply to requests for remark.)

“No one tolerates the idea of a bully. Within the business values of many of these brands it causes problems,” Borkowski mentioned. “It’s all about authenticity. If you’re came upon to not be what you [claim] to be, that all the time results in an Icarus second and every thing comes crashing down. One day you’re sizzling and the subsequent day you’re canceled because of stupidity, vanity or ego.

“America is the worst place to be shamed — and the first people to jump ship are agents [who arrange deals], if they don’t see money in you.”

Stodden, who first got here into the general public eye in 2011 as a 16-year-old wed to 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchinson, brought the scandal to light on May 10 in an interview with the Daily Beast.

Bloomingdale's and Target removed Chrissy Teigen's cookware from shelves after it emerged that she had bullied women on social media.
Bloomingdale’s and Target eliminated Chrissy Teigen’s cookware from cabinets after it emerged that she had bullied girls on social media.
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“She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself,” mentioned Stodden. “Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.’”

In March Stodden, now 26, additionally posted a video to Instagram wherein 2011 tweets from Teigen have been revealed that ranged from “I hate you” to “my Friday fantasy: you. Dirt nap.”

And whereas Teigen is understood for her sparky humor, it didn’t jibe with the picture on which she has constructed her model — as a loving mother and spouse, and a champion of girls. The 35-year-old mannequin has made it her deal to be open and sincere about every thing, from getting sober to the tragic stillbirth of her child son Jack at 20 weeks into her being pregnant, even publishing a collection of uncooked pictures from her hospital room in September 2020.

It’s all helped her construct an enormous social media following and, it seems, some of these followers are simply as vicious as she has been.

Insiders fear about how the scandal will have an effect on offers for her household, together with husband John Legend and mother Pepper (above).

As The Post beforehand reported, retired navy nurse and self-confessed social-media troll Kari Rhyan found herself in a Twitter war with Teigen in 2019 after commenting “You are waaaaaay overrated” to the star — and whereas that wasn’t so good in itself, Rhyan was nonetheless shocked to be bombarded with messages from Teigen’s followers saying they wished she have been useless.

When she examine what Teigen had mentioned to Stodden, Rhyan mentioned, “What has to happen to someone to get them to a place where they’d tell a 16-year-old to kill themselves? I don’t know if mean is just her baseline, or if she went through some tough stuff that got her to that point.”

Meanwhile, former Us Weekly reporter Jon Warech, who was let go from the publication after an online spat with Teigen, mentioned: “Celebrities like Teigen don’t understand the ability of their phrases on social media.

“She and plenty of others don’t think about the person on the other end. They think about the likes or comments and don’t realize there are real people that their words affect. They get mass approval and have zero regard for the damage being done,” Warech mentioned.

Teigen attacked him after a pink carpet interview ended up with the headline “Chrissy Teigen: We’re hiring a night nurse for baby.”

When she accused him of attempting to make her “look like a poor, uncaring mother and getpeople talking,” Warech advised her that he didn’t write the headlines and forwarded her a screenshot of the quotes he had despatched to an Us Weekly editor. He was quickly given his marching orders.

“I was on a freelance salary, getting paid per event, trying to make rent,” Warech mentioned: “She carried on the next day and probably didn’t remember any of it.”

After Stodden’s revelation, Teigen tweeted: “Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls–t in front of the entire world. I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention seeking troll … I’m so sorry, Courtney … ”

Stodden accepted the apology and forgave Teigen on Instagram, however added: “I have never heard from her or her camp in private. In fact, she blocked me on Twitter.”

“All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology,” Stodden posted, “but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realizing her ‘wokeness’ is a broken record.”

Teigen's work with husband John Legend may be in jeopardy.
Teigen’s work with husband John Legend could also be in jeopardy.
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Teigen’s mother and father, American electrician, Ron, and Pepper, met in Pepper’s residence nation of Thailand. They moved to Utah, the place Teigen was born, then later to Snohomish, Wash., the place they operated a tavern referred to as Porky’s.

As a teen, Teigen started modeling, ultimately posing for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and working as a “briefcase girl” — similar to Meghan Markle — on the sport present “Deal or No Deal.”

She met Legend on the set of his “Stereo” music video in 2007, and they married six years later, then had daughter Luna, now 5, and son Miles, who simply turned three this week.

Ron and Pepper at the moment are divorced and Pepper lives in model together with her daughter and son-in-law. She’s mentioned to usually prepare dinner dinner for the household, and Pepper’s frequent appearances on Teigen’s Instagram — to not point out on the mannequin’s present, “Chrissy’s Court,” on the short-lived Quibi platform — led to her getting her personal cookbook deal and appearances on community morning exhibits. She even appeared with Teigen on a canopy of People’s “Beautiful Issue.”

Teigen and Legend have additionally constructed a model as a beloved household unit, together with her making cameos on “The Voice” and the 2 of them sharing a Christmas particular on NBC in 2018. She has co-starred in his music movies and, final 12 months, appeared clad in a towel atop his piano as Legend performed a stay stream live performance to boost funds for charity.

A senior producer inside NBC Universal leisure advised The Post that Teigen’s points wouldn’t have an effect on Legend, including: “NBC loves and supports John. It is a separate relationship. I feel bad for Chrissy — what a mess.”

But Borkowski famous {that a} scandal like Teigen’s “can create huge issues, even beyond shared deals, as it sucks in the family.”

However, he added, “Anyone has the ability to have a second chance … if they handle it right.”

Careers, enterprise offers and, of course, Chrissy’s popularity all grasp within the steadiness.

As the supply who is aware of Teigen mentioned: “Look, it’s not Chrissy’s finest moment. All she can do is try and make amends now.”

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