Michael Costello recently circulated screenshots from his alleged Instagram DMs with Chrissy Teigen. The now-deleted clips caused quite an uproar on social media and the model has finally replied to the designer’s claims.
Chrissy has found herself amidst a lot of drama recently. She became the latest celebrity to receive a slurry of backlash for her old tweets.
The celebrities’ tweets from the early 2010s show her targeting personalities like Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Stodden and others. Following the uproar, the 35-year-old mom of two issued an apology.
However, the drama didn’t end there. Michael recently came forward with allegations suggesting that Chrissy tried to ruin his career. The model who had lately stated, “We are all more than our worst moments” quickly shot back at the Runway Project contestant’s claims.
Chrissy Teigen and Michael Costello’s screenshots explored
Earlier this week Michael claimed that a misunderstanding had led to him getting blacklisted by Chrissy.
He further alleged that being pushed to the margins of the fashion industry left him suicidal.
Michael wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post, “For the past 7 years, I’ve lived with a deep, unhealed trauma.”
The designer claimed how he had attempted to explain the mixup to Chrissy, which apparently made it appear as if he’d used a racial slur for her. He claims he was told by the model, that his “career was over and that all my doors will be shut from there on.”
Michael also floated the now-deleted screenshots of Instagram DMs with Chrissy. They have been obtained by TMZ and the thread shows Chrissy allegedly saying, “Racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch.”
However, Chrissy recently came forward to defend herself and claimed that the screenshots of DMs posted by Michael were “fictional.”
‘Fake’ DM allegations ignite online drama
As Chrissy was navigating her way out of the storm’s eye, she took a couple of days to process Michael’s claims.
The model returned to Instagram with a reply to the designer. She shot back with a post entitled, “Statement on behalf of Chrissy Teigen.”
The Friday, June 18 statement on her social media handles stated that the screenshots produced by Michael contain inconsistencies. She pointed out that it showed her account’s old profile photo, which Chrissy had changed in 2016.
The statement also pointed that these screenshots featured an icon for Instagram’s video chat function, which was actually launched in 2018. It also stated a point about Instagram’s colour scheme, about it being shown on these alleged DMs from 2015 but was actually introduced by Instagram in 2020.
Lastly, the statement read, “Chrissy has acknowledged her past behaviour and the pain she has caused, but she will not stand for anyone spreading false accusations to further demean her name and reputation. Chrissy will continue to do the work she needs to do to be the best person she can be. She hopes Michael Costello can do the same.”
The model’s Instagram post with the statement also featured screenshots from Chrissy’s Instagram DMs showing how Michael had been sending her friendly messages between 2017 to 2020.
Meanwhile, the Project Runway contestant’s team was ready with a reply. Only an hour after the model posted on her Instagram, Michael put out another statement saying, “The fact that Chrissy Teigen’s team is desperately trying to prove the DM’s are fake and [attempting] to discredit Michael Costello, a victim of trauma and bullying by Chrissy Teigen both online and offline, confirms that she remains the same bully, despite her public apology.”