Designer Michael Costello: Chrissy Teigen bullied me, told me to ‘suffer & die’

Michael Costello arrives at the 2nd Annual American Influencer Awards 2019 held at the Dolby Theatre on November 18, 2019 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

I know there are people out there with some sympathy for Chrissy Teigen. “She’s changed,” they say. “She’s not the same person she was a decade ago,” they claim. “Everyone makes mistakes.” Sure. I believe that people make mistakes and life is messy and that we’re all capable of growth and change and awakening. But Chrissy’s actions are so far beyond “life is messy, I made a mistake.” There is now a steady stream of people coming out to talk about how f–king vicious, nasty and completely reprehensible Teigen has been for years. The frequency with which Teigen went straight to “you need to die” or “kill yourself” is especially disgusting. Also repulsive? When her cyberbullying spilled into real-life campaigns to destroy someone’s career, life and livelihood. So it is with Michael Costello, a Project Runway contestant and fashion designer. Costello was targeted by an internet hoax (falsified tweets) which Teigen picked up on and used to destroy his career:

Just hours after Lip Sync Battle co-host Chrissy Teigen broke her monthlong silence after bullying allegations from former reality star Courtney Stodden, another higher profile reality TV personality has accused her of a concerted campaign to ruin his career. Michael Costello, who came in 4th place on season 8 of Project Runway and was the second runner up on Project Runway All Stars in 2012, posted a lengthy testimonial to Instagram on Monday in which he accused Teigen of a years-long effort to destroy his career.

The designer said it began when he was the victim of an online hoax, which erroneously attributed racist comments to him. Teigen, he claims, lashed out publicly via Twitter in 2014. When he reached out privately to try and explain, Costello says “she told me my career was over and all my doors will be shut from there on. And boy, did she live up to her words.”

Costello alleges that he began having jobs he had already booked get canceled. He says he heard afterwards that threats from Teigen and a celebrity stylist named Monica Rose were behind the cancelations. Costello has dressed the likes of Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cardi B as well as helped costume designer Lou Eyrich to create gowns for Lady Gaga’s American Horror Story character. Despite that success, he wrote on Instagram that he considered suicide as recently as last week over the alleged whisper campaign to ruin his career.

“So many nights I stayed awake,” he wrote, “wanting to kill myself. I didn’t see the point of living.”

But Costello says there was a more direct assault by Teigen on his mental well-being. When he reached out to her privately to try and explain he had been mistakenly associated with a racist social media tweet that had been photoshopped, telling her that her public comment was adding more fuel to the fire, Costello claims Teigen texted him directly: “Good! racist people like you deserve to suffer and die.”

[From Deadline]

I’m including Costello’s Instagram below. It’s really brutal and upsetting. To feel like everything you’ve worked for is slipping away because of a couple of fake tweets – like, that’s horrible enough. But then in barges Chrissy Teigen acting like a complete f–king a–hole and refusing to even listen to the guy? And then maintaining this unhinged power trip over a designer for nothing. What the actual f–k is wrong with Chrissy Teigen. What a nasty piece of work she is.

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  1. Deanne says:

    She’s a garbage human, a vile bully and has gotten away with it for years. I have zero sympathy for her. Her “apologies” are insincere, narcissistic, attempts at salvaging what’s left of her brand.

    • Izzy says:

      And can I just say that her husband has issues too? There’s no way he didn’t see the public stuff on her social media, and we’re seeing now that was just the tip of the iceberg. How is he OK being with someone this cruel?

      • Haylie says:

        He’s attracted to her nasty behavior. He told us so in “All Of Me.”

      • AD says:

        Hurting people hurt people.

      • Green Desert says:

        @Izzy – I think it’s unfair that people are repeatedly bringing John Legend into this on these posts. He has done nothing to show that he is like this. Chrissy obviously has major issues and needs help. Implying John is “into” this behavior just doesn’t seem right. Because he hasn’t shown us anything like this, it seems strange to me to assume he co-signs it. The focus should be on Chrissy and what SHE has done and the major issues SHE needs to address.

        Poor Michael. I hope that he has the support he needs.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        AD
        SOME People that are hurting lash out at others, yes. But Chrissy built a brand, a pastime, a personality trait out of attacking people’s emotional health, dreams and careers. I have no pity for her as she has no remorse for the anguish she’s caused others out of boredom.

      • smcollins says:

        Of course JL is not responsible for her actions (that’s ALL on her), but she did try to use her “clout” as his wife (because lets be honest, she wouldn’t be as famous as she is, or at all, if not for him) to ruin a man’s career, not to mention his mental wellbeing. Are we supposed to believe he was completely blind to that? C’mon.

      • Deanne says:

        He’s said that he likes that she’s “feisty”. She’s not feisty. she’s sociopathic. She’s used her status as his wife to abuse others. It says a lot about him too.

      • Green Desert says:

        Yep so if you read my post you’ll see that I did not say he was “completely blind” to anything. There have been a lot of implications on these CT posts that JL is into this particular behavior. That is what I’m addressing. And I’m sure that when he used the word “feisty” he didn’t mean her telling people to commit suicide. He has done the work of excellent activism over the years in a variety of areas (her, not so much). Maybe consider that we don’t know exactly what his conversations with her are like about this sh*t.

        I don’t think I’m off in questioning exactly why so many posters on these threads jump right to mentioning John Legend. Something for people to maybe think about.

        My main point is that Chrissy Teigen has displayed horrific and concerning behavior over the years. I’ll add that she usually looks drunk or on something in photos. I think there’s a lot going on there with her and I hope she gets some significant help.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Green Desert
        I also don’t think John is supportive of this behavior and that Chrissy kept it hidden.
        I do think he is the reason she is in therapy. That he pushed for it after her misdeeds were brought to his attention.

        Also, Chrissy has said in a GMA and other interviews she had an issue with alcoholism and gave up drinking. However, she spoke of it with the wrong tone. Like she did a few days of day drinking and had one too many while with friends. Said something or did something she was embarrassed about the next day, didn’t like being bloated. And that was that. I’m not minimizing either. Those were her words to frame it.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        He’s defended her in interviews. Said she has had so many toxic things said to her and she’s oh so misunderstood. Well, John, she has said some pretty toxic things to others as well. Do you have the same sympathy for Courtney Stodden and Michael Costello that you have for your wife?

    • GrnieWnie says:

      honestly to me, she’s a classic high school mean girl. I feel like American society tolerates this. You go to other countries, and the kids just are not as mean in high school. I see schools and teachers and parents all tolerate bullying. This is bullying between adults.

    • Bren says:

      I never liked Chrissy and I was over her completely when she called Quvenzhane Wallis the c-word during the Oscars broadcast one year. I never understood how she was able to get a pass for that behavior and such vileness towards a child. If she was canceled and held accountable for her actions back then maybe she would not have terrorized these other people for many years. I notice a pattern with Chrissy, she always targeted and bullied reality TV folks that would never get support if they spoke out against her. Chrissy can save her public apologies.

      • Kebbie says:

        The Onion called her the c-word. And then apologized and deleted the tweet. Chrissy called her cocky, unless that was the c-word you were referring to?

      • Genessee says:

        No, she didn’t call a 9-year-old the “c-word.”

      • Kanye’s Blonde Hair says:

        She never called her the C word, the onion did.

        Also, Michael Costello is lying and just jumping into the pile-on. He absolutely attacked a black woman verbally and physically after she outed him for stealing her work. His comments were NOT photoshopped. Chrissy is trash, but so is he. Here’s the link to the woman recounting what happened 7 years ago in their run in https://www.instagram.com/tv/CQK1wbKlWnH/?utm_medium=copy_link

    • j bragg says:

      can we please just cancel her now, she needs to go away

      • Justpassingby says:

        Yes. Please. She’s a vile, nasty, sociopathic POS who draws pleasure from destroying others. She needs to go away for good. Sending healing prayers for Michael Costello. It’s horrible what he went through. I hope he recovers spiritually, psychologically and economically.

      • missskitttin says:

        “Kanye’s Blonde Hair says:
        June 16, 2021 at 8:54 am
        She never called her the C word, the onion did.

        Also, Michael Costello is lying and just jumping into the pile-on. He absolutely attacked a black woman verbally and physically after she outed him for stealing her work. His comments were NOT photoshopped. Chrissy is trash, but so is he. Here’s the link to the woman recounting what happened 7 years ago in their run in https://www.instagram.com/tv/CQK1wbKlWnH/?utm_medium=copy_link

    • Nina says:

      She’s a horrible and vile person. Why is she even famous.

    • missskitttin says:

      He was portrayed as a disgustingly vile racist because of the hoax. She just responded to that. Albeit immaturely.

  2. Annie says:

    Why is she so fixated on telling people to die?

    • Justjj says:

      Yeah, this is actually next level fuqd up that this is a pattern… it’s definitely not the same as a “snarky tweet” or whatever

    • Susan says:

      One word…sociopath.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, that jumps out at me, too. Even the nastiest trolls on Twitter in this era of Trump-inspired nastiness generally don’t go that far.

      • Betsy says:

        That’s the thing. I’m pretty sure they do. She’s not even that far of an outlier for how people online treat other people, which is just terrible.

      • Justjj says:

        I mean. Sure, if you’re a MAGA basement dwelling neckbeard whose only sense of belonging comes from 4chan… maybe you act like this online? Anyone with a social media presence will eventually get *some* of this treatment but the fact it’s a fellow celebrity harassing others who are in the industry or are trying to make it, and she has considerable amounts of privilege and influence herself is… bizarre to say the least.

      • Cait says:

        Other than political affiliation she is exactly like the “F*uck you’re feelings” crowd. John Legend’s off key singing behind knows exactly who he married. They most likely laugh about the stuff she says about people in private. I never bought his good guy act

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Yes?!? The constantly telling people to die is so so disturbing!!! I am so scared for her children! When they piss her off is she going to tell them to die too?

    • Mette says:

      She is sick in the head and we need to stop giving her a platform.

  3. myjobistoprincess says:

    OMG Teigen is a horrible person. I have no words. I amsurprised how blunt, mean and how she has no empathy for sufering people she knows and yet she asks everybody for tolerance, etc. From these texts, I see that Chrissy is not a troll, she is just not a good person at all.

  4. EnormousCoat says:

    This is horrible for Michael Costello. CT does seem inclined to act swiftly as judge, jury, and executioner. We all sometimes rush to judgement, but to persist in acting maliciously because of your singular belief that someone should be punished, is scary.

    • Izzy says:

      Many of us have rushed to judgment on occasion, but most of us don’t go around telling people they deserve to die or that they should kill themselves. By now we’ve seen enough from her to understand that this is who she is.

      • Lizzie says:

        Well said.

      • Nina says:

        Don’t leave out that she and her fellow troll then went about and deliberately used their power to inflict more harm and destroy his career. She is disgusting. She needs to go crawl under a rock and disappear. And take her crappy husband with his off-key singing and cheesy music with her.
        He cannot say he did not know what she was doing. He is exactly the same. When Kanye was spewing that crap about slavery was a choice, he stood by him, even when Jay Z and others distanced themselves from Kanye for that crap

    • AD says:

      Well she is getting a taste of her own medicine.

    • Amy T says:

      Also, she has a platform and a profile and people listen to her. With great rewards come great responsibility. She’s used her power to wound. Bad call.

    • Julie says:

      I remember MC from Project Runway seasons 8 & All Stars; he’s a self-taught designer who was literally bullied by his other contestants for like the first half of his primary season. After the show I remember seeing his clothes on big celebrities (even Beyonce!) and then….he just sort of disappeared. It’s chilling to know that this was the reason. Anyone working in fashion will tell you that it is not for the weak-willed, you have to have a strong design aesthetic and also be mentally able to take on such a competitive market. The last thing designers need is some “famous” person giving their terrible opinions.

      So thankful that MC is still with us, but Chrissy makes my skin crawl. Knowing that I almost pushed someone to kill themself would haunt me for the rest of my life. The fact that we now know it’s 2+ people she’s treated this way (at different times in her life I might add) means that Chrissy does not carry that guilt.

      Is she irredeemable? Don’t know, don’t care. But the damage she’s done to MC’s career and mental health is permanent. No matter what happens to him or his line moving forward, Chrissy’s choices changed the life/career MC could have had. We blab on about cancel culture, but THIS is a realistic example of how that really works. The powerful/wealthy/famous don’t get cancelled, but the little guy absolutely will. Best of luck to MC

      • Size Does Matter says:

        I remember him, too. I’ve watched every season of Project Runway and All Stars and only remember a handful of the designers. I thought he was very talented. I hope him coming out about this revives his career.

        Chrissy seems like a very very very angry unhappy person.

      • Courtney B says:

        If you good Michael Costello and Beyoncé you can see the hive really came for him over those false tweets. So you’re battling that and then in swoops Chrissy. Total nightmare.

    • missskitttin says:

      I hear he’s horrible as well.

  5. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    How much pent up anger, self-hate, and low self esteem do you have to have to be so cruelly vicious to someone else to this extent?

    There is something seriously wrong with this woman to repetitively target others, strangers, who’ve not harmed her or her loved ones (and even then, there are *other* steps to take/things to do).

    I guess that PSA from tv was right: “The more you know….” I don’t know if therapy will even help Chrissy. Maybe CPS needs to check on those kids regularly!

  6. The Hench says:

    Can someone explain to me just how it is that some people get cancelled instantaneously and some like Chrissy Teigen repeatedly reveal themselves to be seven kinds of c*** and yet still have a platform/career/some kind of position that allows them to carry on harassing, bullying and tormenting others? Anyone? Like WTF?

    • Forget about it says:

      The Hench, as far as I can figure, if you are conservative you get cancelled immediately for being an a$$, but outspoken liberals get break after break.

      • Haylie says:

        Doesn’t seem accurate to me at all. Sounds more like conservative fantasy. Matt Gaetz is a sex-trafficking child predator and he’s still in Congress, while Katie Hill resigned after her ex gave revenge porn pics to conservative bloggers.

        Conservatives whine about supposed canceling while building media and financial opportunities around their “cancellation.”

      • pjm says:

        Haylie, exactly. Thank you.

      • OriginalLeigh says:

        75 million people went out of their way to vote for Trump last year. I don’t think it’s as simple conservative vs liberal…

      • Krista says:

        I think the issue is that just like there are hardcore conservatives who are awful there are hardcore liberals who are awful. They have one thing in common in that they believe they are above all others (egotistical?can’t think of a better word) in their own beliefs. The difference I find is liberals often apologize and try to seem really above their toxic behaviour when called out. But I HATE labelling liberal/conservative as it causes far too many assumptions place upon a person and too much divide. Instead this issue just boils down to people being awful and disgusting people no matter their beliefs.

        The fact is too many people are getting away with terrible and reprehensible behaviours, especially when it comes to online.

        There needs to be more consequences for online behaviours. People go unchecked on social media/internet for bullying/violence- especially so for those who use different names/identifies/profiles. This is straight up bullying and harassment what Chrissy has done.

      • swirlmamad says:

        Yeah, no….. @Haylie is 100% correct.

      • Korra says:

        Agreed, Haylie. The “cancellation” of public figures depends on if individuals with power who are proximal to these public figures are willing to take action. Conservatives call any little criticism “cancel culture” but protect their own at all costs. Conservative actors are the easiest to dispose of because many are washed up and it is just easier not to cast them for parts in mainstream film or TV, but conservative media figures and politicians are very protective of each other.

      • Sara says:

        @Forget About It – so, theres this guy named Donald Trump that I’d like you to read up on…

      • Dashen'ka says:

        Found the Trumper.

    • AD says:

      She got cancelled. Her products are off the shelves what are you talking about?

      Why does this have to be a we vs. them issue. Wrong is wrong. True dat. Why is Matt Reprehensible Gaetz prancing around acting like he was wronged. Didn’t the conservatives cancel Liz Cheney for doing what? Standing for what is right. Let us stop with this divisive talk and focus on being better people.

    • Mich says:

      I’m pretty sure she has been cancelled. She has lost her contracts and her reputation. The fact that she posts apology after apology on social media means nothing. Anyone can do that. She is getting attention but none of it is good.

      • The Hench says:

        Ok, good, glad to hear there have been real life consequences for her horrendous behaviour. I would also add that celebrities/influencers who have been proven to use their SM platforms to bully and harass others should, imo, be kicked off those platforms. Sure they can rejoin as someone else but they’re not going to have the same power or no of followers.

        We mere mortals all manage to abide by the CB rules and rightly so – “If you make racist or bigoted remarks, comment under multiple names, or wish death on anyone you will be banned. There are no second chances if you violate one of these basic rules.”

        Chrissy would have been hoofed off here a thousand times over.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Mich, so that explains this half ass apology from her. She isn’t remorseful, she is just getting the same backlash that she fished out. It’s all fun and games until you are called to the same result. Chrissy hasn’t changed though and she never will until she takes true responsibility for her actions, and not this empty apology.

      • Dlc says:

        I think she has been one of the only celebs I can think of who has been truly canceled. Louis CK is tiptoeing back, Paula Deen is still a thing…maybe Christy will come back. She might not tho, cause those people are white and she is not. There is for sure a double standard, but I don’t think it is political.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Hench
      This isn’t political unless you get your news from “pundits.” It’s all about the bottom line.
      The money has to follow the will of the people. Meaning if the sponsors stay with her. If her celebrity friends stay with her, nothing will happen. The person goes dark, waits for everyone to forget about what they did, and restarts months later with a clean slate.

      • The Hench says:

        Hey @Wiglet Watcher – sadly I think you’re right – it is all about the bottom line. It seems that if you make people money then you’re allowed to do whatever you like and someone will protect you from the consequences.

        Although I’m heartened to see that Mich and AD commented that Chrissy has had products pulled and sponsors do a runner.

      • Truthiness says:

        Hench – She has been dropped by every sponsor and job, nothing to do with politics. In the last week or two she lost a voice-over role with Mindy Kaling’s company and Mindy was far too kind in letting it look as if Chrissy was stepping down of her own free will. Stores won’t carry her cookware anymore. No apology is big enough for this.

      • booboocita says:

        And now I’m wondering if LL Cool J and Lip Sync Battle’s producers (among others, John Krasinski and Jimmy Fallon) will stand by her, or if we’ll see a new co-host soon. The show went on hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, but Paramount has renewed for a Season 6, to be broadcast in late 2021 or early 2022. It’s one of Spike TV’s highest rated shows, so I doubt it’ll be cancelled over Chrissy. I haven’t watched it in a while, but it’ll be interesting to see if there’s a new model/host in the next season.

      • The Hench says:

        @Truthiness you speak the truth – no apology is big enough for this!

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Truthiness
        As we found out her cookware was problematic and for some stores they were planning to drop her line. For others, it was already dropped last year and they announced it around this time. Her cookbooks are still around for some. And she does have a skincare line with kris Jenner. Which says it all.

        But yes, she’s getting dropped left and right now. And Mindy was being supportive of Chrissy. Following the playbook of letting them bow out and they can have an easier time rebranding themselves later to come back. Doesn’t matter if they learned not to encourage people into suicide.

      • Eleonora says:

        I kind of know American celebrities, but never heard of this person before Celebitchy.

        So, she’s famous because of her husband?

        Anyway, she shouldn’t have any gigs. My next door neighbour would be a better rolemodel or almost anyone really.

    • Bren says:

      Chrissy always targeted reality TV folks that no one ever paid much attention to unless you watched their shows. Her attacks on people she thought less of were never real industry folks that would have the power to expose her.

  7. milliemollie says:

    “You career is over, just watch.” What goes around, comes around, Chrissy!

    She had the chance to make it up to him, but she didn’t care about ruining someone’s existence. She really showed her true self. She’s a truly vile, ugly and disgusting person.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      It’s really something how bold she felt in going after someone else for problematic behavior- in this case, racist comments the guy didn’t even make- while still in the middle of being such a sadistic, violent, abusive, misogynistic bully herself. To a teen victim of human trafficking who was already being slut-shamed and victim-blamed by the public, no less. Sadistic misogynists always think they’re way better than The Others and shouldn’t receive a tenth of the scrutiny that other types of insensitive, problematic people are getting.

    • Plaidsheets says:

      She probably doesn’t even remember. This seems like something she ‘just does’ because of who she is. I doubt she’s Keeping track of who she hurts. This is who she is. There is no way she’s keeping track because she doesn’t see herself as wrong. She just moves on to the best

      • Chaine says:

        I think she does remember, though, if you read his statement it sounds like she has kept trashing him to others for years and threatening that she wouldn’t work with people that used him, causing his business deals to repeatedly get cancelled.

    • cassandra says:

      Taking away someone’s livelihood is an action that should never be taken lightly.

      It sounds like she got off on her own moral self-righteousness. I imagine she bragged to her friends about how she ‘did good’ by using her power to deny him work.

    • Haylie says:

      Probably not. She’ll rebound because in spite of whiny male comedians, wishy-washy liberals and conservative pundits claims, “cancel culture” isn’t really a thing. Sone people (not most) suffer very temporary setbacks but ultimately rebound after the story leaves the media cycle.

      She’ll be back at it again sooner than we want to see.

  8. Sofia says:

    How fucking despicable and vile. And how sad to hear that Michael still hasn’t recovered mentally from Chrissy’s bullying. If Chrissy actually cared about racism, she should have listened to him. But she didn’t because she’s a bully who cares about herself

    • myjobistoprincess says:

      chrissy is something like 36 or 36 years old – I mean 2014 is not that far away. She was a grown women. I think she should get back down from her power trip. Something’s definitely wrong with her. Wishing death to so many people is just not normal. This is not being a troll. She trolled yes, but even in personal messages she told him to suffer and die – that is not trolling to me. WHO does that?

  9. Frida_K says:

    I saw his posts on this subject yesterday and was so shaken. I don’t know him, I didn’t watch his media appearances, and I’m not invested in reality tv drama, but I honestly felt like I could cry on his behalf by the time I finished reading the tweets in question. And she sounds so unbelievably MEAN in their exchange.

    This is not a bug with her, clearly. It’s a feature.

    I hope his life gets better–his eyes look haunted in his pictures…he is traumatized, poor guy!–and I hope she just goes away. There’s snarky and bitchy and then there’s just bone-deep mean and even cruel. She is the latter.

    It isn’t even a matter of “canceling” her. It’s more an issue of, say: people like her do not belong in decent society. She needs therapy, a major dose of humility, and a quiet life out of the public eye, one that focuses on becoming a better person.

    • Esmom says:

      I remember him from Project Runway. He’s a talented, sweet guy and I am floored at the evil Tiegen unleashed on him. I hope he finds a way to heal and move forward from the trauma she caused for NO REASON other than to feel superior, I guess? I feel sick.

      • Courtney B says:

        I really liked him on PR. He’s very sensitive and high strung but basically good natured and kind. They were AWFUL to him on that season but he ended up the most successful. He’s still doing high profile work but nothing like he should’ve coming off those collaborations with Beyoncé.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Frida
      Yes, his words are so painful to read. He hustled and worked and created a dream for himself. Only to have a fake tweet go unchecked and CT had a field day.

  10. Steph says:

    I think she has some serious issues. That doesn’t mean I think she gets a “pass” on being terrible, I just think there has to be some kind of reason to act the way she does (the oversharing, constant need for attention, etc). She needs time away from public life for a while to work on herself.

    • AD says:

      As I said before hurting people hurt people. The reason why you get so invested in destroying others is because something is lacking in your own life.

      • Mich says:

        Or maybe, and hear me out, some people just get off on destroying others. The sense of power must be tremendous. And the complete lack of conscience makes it easy. Some people are just mean.

      • Chaine says:

        Yeah I’m not buying “hurting people hurt people.” That reads like we need to have sympathy for CT and diminishes her complete and total responsibility for telling people she doesn’t even know that they should commit suicide.

      • booboocita says:

        It would be more accurate to say, “hurt people sometimes hurt people.” Some rise above, and learn to treat others with the compassion and courtesy that was denied them. Some go under, and are crushed by the weight of their hurt — through no fault of their own, I want to emphasize. Humans all have differing levels of resilience, and I would never fault someone for their failure to thrive under abuse. Some turn the abuse they suffered onto others, and become abusers themselves. And some are just inclined to abusiveness, with no mitigating factor or excuse.

        I don’t know what CT’s situation is. I don’t know if she was abused, or is just inclined to abuse. But she’s an ADULT, a reasonably intelligent human, and she has had opportunities to learn from her mistakes. Her failure to reach out to her victims and make a personal apology (as opposed to all these public mea culpas) tells me she’s learned nothing at all. She’s just frantically covering up.

    • Jaded says:

      Two words – malignant narcissism.

    • Bunny says:

      She’s made comments sexualizing small children, saying that they turned her on.

      She needs to go away for good. We, as a society, don’t need her brand of commentary.

      It isn’t funny if it is a joke.

      It is vile if it is how she really feels.

  11. Cookie says:

    Can she just be done now? What more needs to come to light? I don’t wish her ill, but she has no reason to be in the public eye and clearly needs to do some serious work on herself.

  12. STRIPE says:

    Reading this story was the red line for me. This isn’t “bad attempts at humor” in public on Twitter. This is trying (and succeeding to a degree) to destroy someone’s career and taking pleasure from doing so, taunting them in private messages.

  13. MaryContrary says:

    I am in the process of trying to get help for a family member with severe anxiety and suicidal thoughts-so this is especially raw for me right now-but I am horrified and seriously shaken for this poor guy. There are no words for how despicable her actions were to drive him to this point. I don’t even understand how she could be so mean to another person.

  14. Stacy Dresden says:

    So this guy was both the victims of an intensely damaging smear campaign and then blacklisted professionally and told to kill himself by a celebrity. He has been through a lot.

  15. AD says:

    What she did was all types of wrong. She was also very vicious. I think marrying helped calmed her down somewhat but I always believe hurting people hurt people. There are always consequences to actions and that is what she is getting right now. Her fans can forgive her but there are consequences.

    She might bounce back maybe.

  16. ThatgirlThere says:

    In 2014 Michael Costello attacked a black female designer Maxine James after she confronted him about stealing her designs.

    Chrissy is awful but he is suspect as hell.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Yeah I was just reading up on the backstory a little. And I’m not quite sure what to believe, the “my messages were photoshopped” thing rarely seems true, but whatever the truth is, there is still no excuse for Chrissy telling him to suffer and die.
      Someone who has that big of a platform and that much influence needs to be careful before using it, especially when inserting herself into a situation she was not involved with and had no first-hand knowledge of, refusing to talk to any people actually involved, and just steam rolling them.

      • ThatgirlThere says:

        Agreed. She is over the top and a vicious person who I have NEVER liked especially after picking on Quvenzhane’ Wallis. I don’t care about her life at all but Michael Costello is suspect as hell and I don’t trust him.

      • EnormousCoat says:

        Agreed. I went and read about what happened because I do not follow Project Runway. What’s there from 2014 is pretty thin, but maybe there was a not-so-aboveboard attempt to take credit for Maxine James’ design? Idk. Whatever the case, CTs behavior isn’t about justice. It is about her need to be judge, jury, and executioner. She really likes the power of her platform and she has wielded that power in a malicious way.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Those can be plot lines to stir up interests in the show, contestants and future seasons like “ All Stars” so I’ll take it with a grain of salt.

        Even so, that was never what motivated Chrissy. She seems to do this for sport.

      • Kristinr says:

        I’ve also read up on this and from what I understand the messages were thoroughly investigated and confirmed to have been faked. I’m a lawyer and I guess I’m just tired of people on social media playing Judge Judy on their own, without any thought or regard to the real world consequences that happen from jumping to conclusions and making judgments and assumptions when we don’t always have all the facts at our disposal.

      • Emmitt says:

        I doubt any black person would consent to be called a racial slur for a reality show storyline.

        I speculate MC did call that lady a racial slur, nothing was done about it, the faked tweets were an attempt to get “justice,” CT jumped on the bandwagon to get “justice” but took it too far with the suicide urgings and with MC and CS claiming CT urged them to kill themselves, people are shocked, appalled, disgusted and want CT handled.

        We can’t control CT but we can control ourselves and the first thing that needs to be done is Twitter needs to ban her off their platform. It’s not censorship. It’s not against her First Amendment rights. You don’t have the right to abuse someone. Social media platforms need to start by banning her or at least giving her a lengthy suspension and if she pops up with a new Twitter name (which she will), ban that account too.

      • Nina says:

        With enough tech know-how, you can totally create a false narrative. That is why deep fakes are so dangerous Since it was subsequently proven that he never wrote those messages, it’s fair to say he was unfairly targeted.
        She is vile, she gets off on destroying people for no other reason but that she can. And even after he contacted her, she doubled down. She deserves every bit of karma coming her way.

    • Darla says:

      Oh interesting, because I always side eye these kind of claims. It reminds me of Anthony Weiner’s “Hacked!” tweet.

      This doesn’t excuse Teigen, who is not judge, jury, and executioner. I really don’t want to hear from her again.

    • Cookie says:

      I thought this was the incident that the aforementioned fake comment stemmed from?

  17. Willow says:

    Oh my gosh. This is terrifying. And seems to have reached a criminal level. This woman is dangerous.
    My prayers go out to Michael. If he sets up a go fund me, for whatever he needs to recover, I would definitely contribute.

  18. AMJ says:

    “Edgy humor”. Since when is telling someone to die a funny thing? Don’t sh** yourself laughing, Chrissy.

  19. Mtec says:

    Side note: what happened to that ex employee who falsified those racist tweets? I hope they’re in jail. That’s a horrible thing to do to someone.

  20. Lauren says:

    Chrissy is trash. She needs to go away from the internet and volunteer with bullying victims just to see what it does to people. That aside Michael Costello is messy AF and there is a police report made by a black woman who said that he attacked her in a store and broke her phone and used racial slurs, this over a design that he allegedly stole from her.

    • swirlmamad says:

      If this is true, then I don’t feel badly for him, but Chrissy still needs to be held accountable for the other people she has bullied and harmed.

  21. Mich says:

    The self-righteousness of her cruelty is something. And she seems to really enjoy punching down.

    I suspect she is getting a taste of her own medicine and finding it particularly unpleasant.

  22. swirlmamad says:

    This has gone long past a “troll” period in her life. This is clearly a mean, nasty streak that she’s got running through her through and through, and unfortunately, people like that don’t just change. I’ll admit that I used to think she was amusing and followed her on SM, but the things she’s done to people who never did anything to her is just sick and cruel. Who can support someone like that? TBH I mostly feel bad for her children — they’re being taught that being a Mean Girl is aspirational and I also want to know what the hell is wrong with John Legend that he abides by this behavior.

    • Nyro says:

      She’s a horrible person. And she had better hope Quevenzhane Wallis doesn’t put out a statement next. Most people still don’t know that she got on Twitter and called a nine year old black girl the c-word on the biggest night of that child’s life.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        Yeah she is …so gross. She likes to go after children particularly it seems.

      • J.Mo says:

        C word? She said cocky didn’t she?

      • Haylie says:

        She didn’t call Quevenzhane a c*nt. She called her cocky and a brat. The Onion called her a c*nt and lots of people made excuses for why it was ok. That’s where Chrissy’s messy ass comes in to the story.

    • Rnot says:

      Her reputation might just have been salvageable if Courtney Stodden was the only victim and she’d apologized like a decent person. Now there’s a pattern. How many others are there? Who else did she tell to kill themselves? Did any of them actually do so? I’d give 2 to 1 odds she and John separate within the year. She’s too much of a liability.

      • Emmitt says:

        If John Legend leaves her for this, he’s every bit the asshole she is because that’s why he’s attracted to her…the asshole behavior.

  23. TitusPullo says:

    It’s like she came up in the 4chan culture
    & never moved past it.

  24. Ariel says:

    I am horrified anew. I mean, we all say stuff that is stupid and regrettable, maybe even cruel at one time or another.
    But when you consider yourself righteous- and seeing racists suffer consequences is something i consider a good time, you lose any moral high ground you had when you wish suffering and death- on anyone.

    It is kind of that simple.

    Suffer and die?

    I enjoy Ms. Tiegen, but, yikes.

    • swirlmamad says:

      If this were the only incident and she truly thought that Costello was a racist….I would be able to understand her anger, but telling someone to “suffer and die” over the internet? That takes away any iota of credibility you had as far as being a moral person. The fact remains that this behavior clearly is a pattern for her — and she has done it to people who literally did nothing except exist, like Courtney Stodden — and that just makes her a hateful and cruel person. Period.

  25. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my god — this is so sad. Even worse, there are a lot of vicious trolls online. Chrissy is just the most prominent one now. And, she’s SO wrong and should face consequences and hopefully get serious therapy. But there’s an even larger problem here in the legal and moral responsibility shirked by social media companies. Aren’t death threats prosecutable?

  26. Lala11_7 says:

    If I align myself with someone who consistently displays inhumane behavior….I would expect to be judged by the company I keep…because it’s NOT like Chrissy stopped her behavior AFTER she hooked up with John…so yeah…he can get it too…John…her Mama…ALL of those grown folks who watched her run amok on social media.

  27. SurvivalIsTheGame says:

    CT is awful, no one deserves to be bullied, told to die, etc on social media.
    MC I’m really not sympathetic towards, having spent 10 winter seasons in his hometown I heard a lot of chatter about him from direct sources and I really lost any respect or admiration I had for him. I also wonder just how much of a whisper campaign she successfully waged against him and how much the bloom was just off his career as a designer? CT is definitely the worse of the two in this situation, but MC has in my opinion a checkered past and possibly a lot to hide.

    • Golly Gee says:

      Details please! What she did is reprehensible and she needs to go away. But if he is a racist piece of crap, I would hate to see him revive a career by using what she did to gain sympathy. I’m guessing details will be sought out by the media, so this could end up being a case of milkshake duck.

    • Haylie says:

      I’m open to details here because “I was hacked,” or whatever is a common refrain from racists who get caught.

    • L4frimaire says:

      I saw some chatter on Twitter that this guy did some unethical things and actually said some racist stuff, but I don’t know who he is and what’s true or not. As for Teigen, chickens coming home to roost. She has a lot of obvious insecurities and issues, lacks empathy and coasted too long on her looks and who her husband is. Being the “ cool girl” with the mean tweets does not age well. This is why famous people should employ handlers for their SM. You can talk smack about people like Trump while still emulating his playbook. I don’t think she’s irredeemable, but we are less forgiving of women, esp. WOC, when they are assholes, and Chrissy falls into that category.

  28. ShazBot says:

    She’s an immature, insecure narcissist. It’s always been fascinating to watch her SM because she’s SO into herself, but also desperately needs approval. Like she can’t quite believe this is her face and her life, and she needs to be constantly validated. It must be exhausting to spend time with her.
    She reminds me of a teenage bully – I think that’s where her mindset is – except she’s not a low-stakes teenager saying dumb, cruel shit, she’s a celebrity with a large platform and the power to ruin people. She needs lots of therapy, but she also has to be open to doing the work in therapy, and I doubt she is. It would do her well to go away and live a quiet life for awhile, with no attention or validation.
    I have to believe that everyone can grow and change, because otherwise what’s the point, but man…some people just seem like total and utter assholes.

  29. HeyThere! says:

    I can’t believe a grown adult tells so many people to kill themselves and to die all the time?! Wtf??? That’s not okay or normal. That is so bizarre I can’t even comprehend it! I read this story on Instagram yesterday and was so upset for him. I’m glad he’s speaking his truth.

  30. BrainFog says:

    I never liked her, but I think now I actually hate her. Wtaf.

  31. Joy says:

    Like, would it have killed her to do 5 seconds of research and see those tweets were fake? If he was a real racist with a history of deplorable behavior and she wanted to tell her friends hey don’t use that guy he’s racist that might be one thing. But this is something else.

  32. FlachamBoden says:

    What CT did is sooooo wrong and disgusting. However, I also just read somewhere that he is awful too.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      You’re taking a blip of information as gospel. Which is what Chrissy did and ran with it. My take on that design stealing fight is it was for tv rating and show bolstering. And also artists can be very possessive over their ideas. Worse, they hate when someone else executes a creative thought better than they did. And tempers fly. Does that make someone awful? Or was the article biased and written that way?

  33. Kristen says:

    I think Chrissy has mental health and substance abuse challenges that contribute to her behavior. I’m not excusing what she’s done…but, it concerns me that in addition to the other ppl she’s hurt, she’s also at risk for hurting herself. I think she’s paid a steep price for her behavior and it’s not helpful to pile on at this point. I hope she gets the support she needs to stay in a loving energy.

    • Tianafora says:

      You’re making excuses. She’s an adult woman who knew what she was doing and enjoyed the power of destroying people who couldn’t fight back. She’s a pschyopathic, malignant narcissist. They don’t harm themselves. They harm others.

      She will never change as she has no conscience or empathy, we need to ensure she never gets the opportunity to bully anyone again.

      Reserve your sympathy for her victims. They’re the only ones who deserve it.

    • Kebbie says:

      And her need to be liked or “beloved” (in her words) is only going to contribute to her pain. These premature and terrible apologies are only creating more backlash. I hope she can step away from the internet and stay out of the public eye for a long time to work out her issues and make genuine amends to the people she has hurt. Because right now she seems a lot more concerned with what her fans think than the people on the receiving end of her vitriol.

    • BnlurNforever says:

      @Kristen I agree with you. Piling on could lead to something seriously awful happening and most of those piling on wouldn’t deal well with that. I only know her from this site, never been to her sm and more than cringe thinking of what she’s put out there. That said, for the sake of her children, husband and herself, I hope she can unplug and I hope people will be satisfied with her losing all her contracts as punishment and let this go.

      I wish the victims peace and healing and hopefully they will feel like justice has been served and receive the support they didn’t previous get.

    • Kkat says:

      Narcissists, especially malignant narcissists very rarely kill themselves.
      And she is absolutely a malignant narcissist and perhaps also a sociopath.
      She’ll be fine

      • Jules says:

        This^ She absolutely has mental health and personality issues. But she is also not the type to harm herself. Only others.

  34. Tianafora says:

    She’s a malicious, vile bully. Not only should she be cancelled, her victims should sue her. I hope this guy sees plenty of work opportunities with this monster gone. Cancel all those who bullied people and destroyed careers alongside her.

    These bullies need to be shut down with cancelling from the rest of us.

    Her hypocritical husband should never dare try to lecture anybody again. He needs to clean up the mess in his own home. He has enabled this vicious, nasty person every step of the way.

    Times up for all abusers.

  35. MadamNoir24 says:

    Not condoning what she did but let’s not be so quick to label him a victim. After he posted his story on Instagram many black designers came forward with stories about him bullying and calling them racist names.

  36. MangoAngelesque says:

    She really and truly gets off on committing psychological murder, doesn’t she?

    I really do wonder…these are the people we’ve found out about her taunting with death commands. I honestly wonder if, at s as ny point in her viciously mean girl life, she’s bullied someone fragile enough with those “kill yourself” taunts—and they did. Because she really, really, REALLY seems to LOVE telling people to die. It’s like the ultimate power trip for her. Most people would feel inconsolable if they actually pushed someone too far. I really don’t think she would.

  37. Lizzie says:

    I missed the memo on Crissy and generally don’t buy anything with a celebrity endorsement but I will boycott anything this witch is associated with.

  38. Mel says:

    Considering what he went through on his season of Project Runway( anyone remember what a nightmare person Ivy was?), this is hard to read. Who told Chrissy that she was the internet police?

  39. Em says:

    Funny how some people are so eager to excuse her behavior- being pretty and connected really pays I guess.

  40. Rose says:

    Seems like wishing death on people is something to put on one’s “don’t” list, generally. Kinda can’t believe I just typed that – it’s an extreme thing to say to someone. Teigen seems like someone who really needs a digital detox at the very least. This whole thing is sad, uncomfortable, potentially harmful and very dark.

  41. Faye G says:

    This is horrifying and she needs to go away for good. Who could possible be a fan of hers after everything that has surfaced?

    On a superficial note, she’s had way too much work done on her face; the arched eyebrows and overly-inflated features look comically villainous. Her beauty has long since faded