Chrissy Teigen went silent on Twitter after receiving backlash from fans when New York Times food columnist Alison Roman bashed her and her cooking empire during an interview with The New Consumer.
“What Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me,” she told the publication. “She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her. That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that.”
Alison also received backlash from Chrissy fans, causing her to apologize to the former model.
“Hi @chrissyteigen! I sent an email but also wanted to say here that I’m genuinely sorry I caused you pain with what I said,” she wrote. “I shouldn’t have used you /your business (or Marie’s!) as an example to show what I wanted for my own career- it was flippant, careless and I’m so sorry.”
She went onto Tweet, “Being a woman who takes down other women is absolutely not my thing and don’t think it’s yours, either (I obviously failed to effectively communicate that). I hope we can meet one day, I think we’d probably get along.”
In the meantime, Chrissy had made her Twitter account private and announced that she needed to take a little break for a while. However, after receiving an apology from Roman, Chrissy was back on line with a response.
“thank u for this, @alisoneroman,” she wrote. “To be clear, it never once crossed my mind for u to apologize for what you genuinely thought! The comments stung, but they moreso stung because they came from u! It wasn’t my usual news break of some random person hating everything about me!”
She continued in consecutive tweets, “I don’t agree with the pile-on, ppl waiting with bated breath for apologies, deciding if that apology is good, the ppl who say u were right & never needed to in the first place – there are so many different types in this kind of situation & tbh, I just want it to be over.
“I think we are alike in so many ways,” she continued. “I remember the exact time I realized I wasn’t allowed to say whatever popped in my head-that I couldn’t just say things in the way that so many of my friends were saying. Before, I never really knew where I stood in the industry, in the world.
“Eventually, I realized that once the relatable “snarky girl who didn’t care” became a pretty successful cookbook author and had more power in the industry, I couldn’t just say whatever the fuck I wanted. The more we grow, the more we get those wakeup calls.
“Oh! but how I still think some of those things. I just maybe don’t unleash on my peers on super public platforms lol.
“I often comment about how I wish I could get away with what I used to, now, but the truth is, I don’t. I’ve learned a f**kton from my years being watched (& read) and I can really say it makes you a better person! It makes u think about the impact of what u say/who it might hurt I still think you are incredibly talented. And in an industry that doesn’t really lend itself to supporting more than a handful of people at a time, I feel like all we have are each other!
“And honestly, for the past few days, every time I saw a shallot I wanted to cry, but I do appreciate this and hopefully we can all be better and learn from the dumb s**t we have all said and done.”
And that’s that. Now we can all let bygones be bygones.
thank u for this, @alisoneroman. To be clear, it never once crossed my mind for u to apologize for what you genuinely thought! The comments stung, but they moreso stung because they came from u! It wasn’t my usual news break of some random person hating everything about me!
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 12, 2020