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Leona Lewis Speaks Up About Humiliation She Suffered At The Hands Of Michael Costello

today16 June 2021


(Trigger warning for bullying and brief mentions of suicidal thoughts.)


Leona Lewis has a story to tell, too, and she’s finally letting it loose. 


The “Bleeding Love” singer recalled a time when she was “embarrassed” and felt “deeply hurt” when they worked together (or rather, were originally assigned to work together) in 2014. Lewis opened up about her personal experience on her Instagram story, while also expressing her compassion for the mental health struggles that Costello went through after Chrissy Teigen allegedly bullied him.



“I usually don’t speak on subjects like this. But honestly I feel that I have to say something as I’ve dealt with years of insecurity from it,” Lewis wrote. “I don’t condone any kind of bully behaviour and I’m sorry for what Michael Costello went through. I wanted to share my experience in 2014.”


She proceeded to explain she met Costello after being asked to participate in an unspecified charity fashion show where she was “assigned” to work with him. 


“As an excited young woman, I flew all the way to New York and was so honoured to work with him because I adored his dresses,” she said.



“When I got to my fitting I was made to feel very awkward and uncomfortable as the dress was a sample size and he/his team clearly did not want to alter it to fit me,” Lewis claimed. “This came as a total surprise because weeks prior I was told that they would make the dress work for me.”


She alleged that at the next fitting, which was the night before the show,


“Michael [Costello] refused to turn up.” As she described, “He no longer wanted to dress me and he abandoned his commitments to me and the show which made me well aware that I wasn’t the body type required.”



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And because of the sizing issues, she claimed,


“I was not permitted to walk in his dress. I had to sit in the audience and was asked by [the] press why I didn’t walk in the show. I remember having to come up with excuses as I was so humiliated by it all.”


Instagram story @leonalewis


Just yesterday, the Project Runway alumnus revealed a personal trauma that he underwent due to “bullying” from Chrissy Teigen, causing him to question ending his life.


His 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.


Let’s hope that we can all learn a lesson or two from all this and remember to be kind to one another, always.

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*Cover image via Instagram
@leonalewis and @michaelcostello

Written by: Farah Qistina

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