Chrissy Teigen threatens to sue Michael Costello over ‘faked’ DM messages

Chrissy Teigen leaves GMA studios with her daughter Luna

Lord, I’m sorry I even heard the name “Michael Costello.” This is the timeline for the past week: Chrissy Teigen, seemingly out of nowhere, issued a lengthy and self-absorbed second apology on Medium. She apologized (again) for her history of trollish behavior. Hours later, fashion designer Michael Costello issued a statement on his Instagram claiming that Chrissy had bullied him for years and tried to destroy his career. He provided “screencaps” of their alleged DMs, where it looked like Teigen told Costello that he should die. Leona Lewis then came in and was like “not so fast,” and she told her story of how Costello treated her poorly at a charity fashion show. Then Chrissy’s manager went to Business Insider and poked holes in Costello’s story and claimed that the DMs Costello posted were faked.

On Friday, Chrissy got on Twitter to say that she had no idea what Costello was doing but he wasn’t telling the truth. She posted a statement from her rep too:

“Chrissy Teigen very clearly and contritely apologized for tweets she made around a decade ago. She did not acknowledge nor apologize for sending private messages directing or encouraging self harm.” Is… she saying she never DM’d Courtney Stodden and sent Stodden messages like “kill yourself”? Or is Teigen’s message just about Costello? She also posted real messages Costello has sent her over the years:

After all that, she instructed her followers to NOT bully Costello, but that she would sue Costello if he continued with this mess. She accused Costello of “causing actual pain to people who are trying to better themselves.”

As a sidenote, after all of that, it was announced that Teigen will no longer work with Safely, the cleaning-product line she was doing with Kris Jenner, which they announced several months ago. Safely made a statement that “Chrissy will be stepping away from Safely to take much needed time to focus on herself and be with her family.”

Model Chrissy Teigen wearing a Georges Hobeika dress arrives at the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala held at 3Labs on November 9, 2019 in Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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.

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  1. Woke says:

    What’s the goal here ? She needs to make peace with the fact that she won’t regain the popularity she had without laying low for a while and genuinely apologize to the people she hurt.

    • BABSORIG says:

      And I’m thinking, we’ll.. maybe someone should sue CHRISSY TIEGEN for pain and suffering.
      They both crappy ass people, Michael and Chrissy.

      • AD says:

        @Woke I agree with you. Again she is trying to bully her way out of this. She needs to lay low and show she is contrite. Threatening people with lawsuits ain’t it. It feels like she did not learn anything.

        This is bigger than Castello. It is about her own journey. Owning her sh%t and working on redemption. The lawsuit fuels the fire and ensures that this is not going away and will keep reminding people of what she did to others.

        What she said about Lindsay Lohan adding more slits to her wrist is just all kinds of wrong. Pray we all be kind to one another.

    • Purplehazeforever says:

      I doubt she’s capable of either because it requires real work. She needs to stay silent for at least 6 months, a year & focus on really being a better person. She can’t shut up for longer a few seconds. She lives online. She always appeared so fake to me, I didn’t realize how mean she was until recently. Costello obviously hasn’t. Everything that was alleged about him was true. I did a deep dive on Twitter about what had happened in 2014. Instead of apologizing for his past mistakes & trying to be better, he continues to lie. He continued to shift the focus back on Chrissy. Everyone knows she’s a bully but it doesn’t excuse his awful behavior, either. Both need to shut up. It looks like he’s decided to stay quiet, finally.

      • Kebbie says:

        Definitely not capable of staying silent or laying low. She posted a photo of herself all dolled up to celebrate “lurrrve” and her sister’s engagement yesterday. Literally a photo of just her in a pink dress, to “celebrate” her sister. So I guess she decided she’s done enough and stayed quiet long enough, back to usual for her!

    • MissMarirose says:

      The goal, I think, is to limit the damage so that she can eventually return. It’s truly heinous what she did to Stodden and Wallis, but if others start sending out fake stuff to pile on, that’s going to be a problem.

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      I get only apologising for what I did and not being the brunt of Costello
      He seems a Joy
      Way to throw another POC under the bus

  2. NTheMiddle says:

    He’s an ass. She’s an ass. Glad they found each other.

    • mylittlepony says:

      This! I am just curious why Teigen’s team has come out swinging over this accusation and has remained silent about all the other accusations. Makes you wonder…. she should really pick and choose her battles at this point.

    • DragonWise says:

      Yes. They both need to be *silently* problematic for a while. He can go back to making mediocre clothing, and she can enjoy the second-hand fame of being a musician’s wife and enjoy her family. Nothing they say is going to help anything right now, and suing would only Streisand Effect the situation into the stratosphere.

  3. OriginalLala says:

    He sucks, truly. She sucks, truly. Just because she is threatening to sue doesn’t mean shit, Trump sues people left and right because he knows he has deeper pockets the most. She is clearly using this to attempt to rehab her image – ie: taking no real responsibility, learning nothing.

  4. Amy Bee says:

    As I said to someone caping for Costello last week, they both terrible people.

  5. girl_ninja says:

    The language she uses shows she’s still an arrogant bully. Michael Costello thought he could use Chrissy situation to reform his image and bring him out of exile. He needs to go away and CT definitely needs to go away.

  6. Darla says:

    I mean, if I were her I’d keep my mouth shut and have my people handle this guy. But about him, like how messed up do you have to be to think you’re gonna get away with what he tried to pull? Fake DM’s?? That’s amazing, and it’s actually really creepy because in order to think he was gonna get away with that he must be delusional among other problems. Yeah, she’s using this to erase what she actually did to other people. He gave her this though. It was a gift, wasn’t it? So that’s on him. We know she’s narcissistic, of course she was going to eagerly use this. I really would like to never see either of their faces again to be honest. I cringe at both of them.

    • Purplehazeforever says:

      Exactly, both terrible people. He should have just stayed quiet. No one wants to keep hearing from Chrissy, yet here we are.

    • MissMarirose says:

      He seems to be narcissistic too. On their podcast, Tom & Lorenzo talked about meeting him at a Project Runway show. He was a huge whiny nightmare, apparently, desperately seeking any attention.

      • Darla says:

        Well he got some attention now. I guess there are a lot of narcissists around. It’s pretty alarming actually.

  7. Miss Margo says:

    MESS. This is a damn dumb mess.

  8. cassandra says:

    Well this is an excellent way to change the narrative-hopefully no one buys it.

    In the language of reddit, Everybody Sucks Here 🤷‍♀️

  9. SheaButterBaby says:

    They’re both extremely awful and neither is truly ready to take responsibility for what they’ve said and done in the past. So much denying and deflecting. It’s sickening.


    Okay so, do I have this straight…… Michael Costello comes out and says that Chrissy bullied him and damaged his career because she saw a fake photoshopped tweet of him saying racist things. He shows DMs from her to prove this. Then, Chrissy hits back and says that the DMs Michael Costello showed of her harassing him about a photoshopped image were in fact photoshopped images?

    Somebody call those guys from Inception. We have to go deeper.

  11. Merricat says:

    This is like the Joker being mad because the Penguin said he was evil.

  12. Piratewench says:

    I’m getting abuse flashbacks when I see her tweeting a few normal/pleasant exchanges between herself and this Michael person as if that’s a kind of “proof” that she was never abusive.
    As if someone can’t be normal and kind when they want to, and then turn around and be abusive and horrible when it suits them. In fact that’s exactly how narcissistic abuse works. Act normal, even act overly-kind, then covertly get someone alone to diminish and belittle and abuse someone, then say “oh but haven’t you all seen how NICE I was to this person one time, I can’t possibly be abusive!”.

    She’s an abuser.

    • purple prankster says:

      But they weren’t even exchanges, it doesn’t look like Chrissy replied to any of them?

    • Chaine says:

      I also think the nice comments he made to her are classic bullying victim behavior. Having been in a situation where I was bullied by a colleague for literally years, one of the strategies I tried to get it to stop was to say nice flattering things to this person hoping that would make them stop. (It didn’t work).

    • MissMarirose says:

      Isn’t that kinda what Costello did the Leona Lewis, though? Posting positive DMs to “prove” he never refused to fix her dress? So they’re both abusers.

  13. Izzy says:

    These people both suck. Here’s the thing: Chrissy Teigen has such a long history of lousy behavior towards others that Michael Costello’s claim was believable. No one said “I can’t imagine Chrissy doing something like this.” So at the end of the day, her behavior is still that problematic.

    • MissMarirose says:

      That’s why she won’t actually sue. You can’t really damage the reputation of someone who’s reputation is already crap.

  14. My3cents says:

    At this point is this a competition of who’s worst?
    Go away both of you, work on yourselves.

  15. MsIam says:

    Wow when even a KarJenner doesn’t want to work with you, then you know you must be toxic, lol.

  16. Mina_Nur says:

    I’m glad these two a-holes are getting their comeuppance. And of course she would threaten what sounds like a SLAPP suit, of course she would.

    • Leigh_S says:

      If he faked the DMs, it isn’t a SLAPP suit. If he didn’t, it is.

      • Mina_Nur says:

        I have no doubt that the messages are real, given her history. They were written in her style.

    • Purplehazeforever says:

      I don’t believe Costello. I can believe the DM’s to Costello are fakes but also believe that Chrissy privately & we know she publicly bullied Stodden, Lohan, Wallis, Farrah. If it was me & she threatened me with a lawsuit, I wouldn’t be posting to IG stories like Costello. I’d drop my receipts, instead of talking about them. Then I’d hire an attorney. He’s lying. He was his own undoing. He shouldn’t try to drag WOC down. Leona Lewis, Maxine James. He created his own issues & is jumping on this bandwagon. He should be ashamed. Chrissy attacked children, telling them to kill themselves. She bullied Lindsay & Farrah, already vulnerable women, Courtney, who’s now non binary…not sure if I’m referring to they properly. I’m flabbergasted how anyone equates this horrible guy with these women. I don’t believe him.. maybe I’m an asshole.

  17. Maria says:

    MC sucks.
    But if there’s any more proof needed that Chrissy is not interested in mending her ways at all, this is it.
    If she was interested in growth she’d be silent and let the lawyers handle it if they are faked. But she wants the narrative to be about how she was wronged.
    And she’s posting on IG like nothing ever happened. Unfortunately, I think people really bought her fake apology. That or John Legend’s been working overtime to get their celeb friends to acknowledge her again.

  18. BK says:

    My God I hate all of these people, but Chrissy especially. She is ADDICTED to social media. She was back on IG this weekend acting like nothing ever happened posting her outfits. Go away you filler pie faced a-hole

  19. purple prankster says:

    Yes she seems to be gently denying she sent Courtney any dms, probably waiting to see if there are any screenshots before she gives a full throated denial. Give this six more weeks and she will be 100% the victim of liars, professional takedowners, cancel culture, people who pile on without thinking, kangaroo courts and mob justice. Sob!!!

    • SurvivalIsTheGame says:

      Anything to bamboozle the sponsors and keep the money a’flowing right?!

  20. Cocoa says:

    I needs these a***holes to go away and don’t comeback. This is the beginning of the decade and Karma is coming to collect.

  21. Ella says:

    I have Chrissy’s cookbooks and absolutely love them, but she has GOT to go away for an extended amount of time…get off social media and lie low, girl!

  22. ME says:

    Is there really a winner here? Neither looks good…both should just get off social media for a very long time.

  23. Eleonor says:

    Pottle and Kettle.
    Someone should take her phone and lock it away, because she is making everything worse.
    She is in desperate need of a crisis pr team.

  24. HeyJude says:

    Sorry, Chrissy, this wouldn’t have happened if you weren’t caught being a bullying a-hole and telling people to die via DM originally.

    If you act like shit of course you attract annoying flies.

  25. RoSco says:

    Less is more Chrissy. Do less. Much less.

  26. Otaku fairy says:

    Team Courtney Stodden and Quvenzhane Wallis.

  27. Case says:

    It doesn’t even matter if these particular messages were faked because we know she’s bullied many other people. She’s not proving anything here by going after him.

  28. Sam the Pink says:

    She will not sue, for one simple reason – because if she did, she’d open herself up to the discovery process. The other side could depose her, could get court orders for twitter to hand over her entire account history, etc. It would be a license to dig through her entire online life and find every crumb of dirt she’d ever left behind. Any half-intelligent lawyer would discourage her from suing solely for these reasons.

  29. Mel says:

    I don’t think she wants to do that, it could backfire in spectacular fashion. I’m tired of both of them, they both need to stop seeking so much attention.

  30. Midge says:

    Chrissy and John are overextended financially. She’s in a rush to clear her name because she is losing money that they need. I’m glad she’s only making it worse. She doesn’t deserve nice things.

    • Haylie says:

      I’m sorry, but this is fanfiction. Chrissy is a terrible person, but you don’t know anything about their finances.

  31. SurvivalIsTheGame says:

    Chrissy is very lucky that MC popped his little gopher head up and entered this fracas. Based on many unprompted comments with direct sources, my opinion is that even in his little hometown, his reputation seems to me to be extremely negative. I doubt CT is smart enough to pay MC to deflect from her 100% deserved and overdue fall from grace, but it would be some of the smartest crisis PR I’ve seen lately.

    About MC and his crowing and fighting about copying, he should be glad that Edith Head has passed away, and that Thierry Mugler DGAF who his little trifling behind is. I’ve never seen anything from MC that in my opinion even resembled an original design.

    Just to be clear CT should just go and live under a rock for the rest of her life, be banned from all SM platforms, and never be given a sponsorship or media job again. She really deserves it after just the insanely cruel and evil vitriol she has put out there to only the most vulnerable people. A stopped clock is right twice a day, so maybe MC did deserve a little of what he got from her.

  32. Valerie says:

    This is a mess. She should shut her mouth.

  33. Ivy says:

    God I hate chrissy teigen so much.

  34. Liz version 700 says:

    Chrissy you are a mess. You don’t look cleaner by arguing with other messes. Clean your own house and leave this messy other diva alone. Maybe also apologize for tormenting children.