(Trigger warning for depression and suicidal thoughts.)
If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.
Fashion designer Michael Costello accused Chrissy Teigen of bullying him in 2014, which he says caused him to have thoughts of suicide.
“For the past 7 years, I’ve lived with a deep, unhealed trauma,” he wrote on Instagram. “I wanted to kill myself and I still am traumatized, depressed and have thoughts of suicide.”
Costello’s revelation about the pain and depression he endured came on the same day as Teigen’s open letter apology where she addresses a separate bullying claim. Teigen said,
“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.”
Costello explained in his post that back in 2014, he received a public comment from Teigen on Instagram where she accused him of “being a racist.”
“She apparently formed her own opinion of me based on a photoshopped comment floating around the internet,” he alleged. “When I reached out to Chrissy Teigen to communicate that I was the victim of a vindictive cyber slander, and that everything she thought I was is not who I am, she told me that my career was over and that all my doors will be shut from there on.”
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He also included two screenshots of DMs allegedly between himself and Teigen, where he asked if he could call her. Teigen apparently responded with,
“No! I do not have anything to say to you. You will get what’s coming to you.”
Costello also recalled his feelings of hopelessness that resulted from Teigen’s accusations towards him,
“So many nights I stayed awake, wanting to kill myself. I didn’t see the point of living,” Costello recalled to his 1.3 million followers. “There was no way I can ever escape from being the target of the powerful elites in Hollywood, who actually do have powers to close doors with a single text.”
Fans seem to be divided between the two, with some commenting in defence of Costello and some others in defence of Teigen.
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“So you used the n word, you’re racist and you’re seeking sympathy.. why did this come out after she apologized… you’re EVIL.”
“How rude Chrissy is, She didn’t know the truth but her words in the text is PURE EVIL!!!! I hate her now… Never really liked her, but now…”
“We’re happy you’re still with us. Sending you love and wishing you peace and healing. ❤️”
“God Bless You! Your life is worth so much. #survivingchrissyteigen”
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*Cover image via Instagram @michaelcostello/ @chrissyteigen