“I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry,” that’s the admission coming from Chrissy Teigen who has been having what she described as a very “VERY humbling few weeks.”
Teigen, who has been on a social media hiatus for the past month, broke her silence in a lengthy blog post on Medium in which she apologized for online trolling.
This follows her series of tweets in May apologizing to TV personality Courtney Stodden who accused her of online bullying.
“I know I’ve been quiet, and lord knows you don’t want to hear about me, but I want you to know I’ve been sitting in a hole of deserved global punishment, the ultimate ‘sit here and think about what you’ve done,'” Teigen wrote. “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 continued; “I’ve apologized publicly to one person, but there are others — and more than just a few — who I need to say I’m sorry to. I’m in the process of privately reaching out to the people I insulted.”
“I was insecure, immature, and in a world where I thought I needed to impress strangers to be accepted.”— Teigen
Admitting that she has been a bully, Teigen said there is no excuse for her behaviour. “There is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets.”
“I took to Twitter to try to gain attention and show off what I at the time believed was a crude, clever, harmless quip. I thought it made me cool and relatable if I poked fun at celebrities,” she continued.
“In reality, I was insecure, immature, and in a world where I thought I needed to impress strangers to be accepted,” Teigen said.
“I’m more understanding of what motivates trolling — the instant gratification that you get from lashing out and clapping back, throwing rocks at someone you think is invincible because they’re famous,” she wrote. “Also, I know now how it feels to be on the receiving end of incredible vitriol. Believe me, the irony of this is not lost on me.”