Michael Costello has “nothing left to say” on his ongoing dispute with Chrissy Teigen.
The fashion designer took to Instagram on Friday to speak out about the situation for the final time.
“The fact that Chrissy Teigen and her crisis team are working so hard, so strategically to come out against the DM’s she sent me, and to downplay the comments she publicly posted on my Instagram, only proves that she is the same bully she always has been, despite her fake apology to the public,” he wrote.
Reiterating his previous claims about the Cravings author, he continued, “I’ll say this again. Chrissy Teigen has gone out of her way to close doors to my career by making calls, sending texts, telling colleagues and companies that if I were attached to a project that she would not work with them. I have receipts of emails and confirmations from these individuals and companies.”
Costello added, “This will be the last statement I am going to make. This has been like a nightmare, not just for me, but for my family. I apologize to everyone else involved in this messy situation, and I apologize for all the stress and trauma it has caused.”
The 38-year-old star also told fans that he would be taking a break from social media for the sake of his mental health.
The statement comes after Teigen’s team spoke out against the alleged bullying.
After Costello published screenshots of an alleged Instagram DM from Teigen accusing her of cyberbullying, the 35-year-old’s rep is now claiming the messages he shared are actually fake.
In an article published by Business Insider, the rep says there are inconsistencies that suggest the screenshots had been altered.
As People magazine notes, there is a missing verified checkmark next to Teigen’s name, which could mean the screenshots were taken in 2014, before Instagram added the verification program. But those same screenshots also featured purple and blue messages, which is a recent design change that launched in 2020. The photos also show an old profile photo of Teigen and a video chat icon that was only added to the app in 2018.
The model shared her own additional statement on Instagram, writing in the caption “No idea what the f**k michael costello is doing. He just released a statement where he didn’t at ALL acknowledge how fake the dm’s were, & now claims to have emails that don’t exist.”
Teigen did ask her fans to “NOT bully this man under the masquerade of defending me.”
In her lengthy notes, the statement on her behalf read she has “cleary and contritely apologized for insensitive public tweets she made around a decade ago” and she “did not acknowledge nor apologize for sending private messages directing or encouraging self harm.”
The statement added she is “completely surprised and disappointed” by Costello’s claims and alleged faked DMs.
Teigen believed the two of them “had a cordial relationship, as they had friendly online interactions for several years.” To back this up, Teigen shared a number of DMs and Instagram comments he sent her including “looks amazing” about some food and in 2019, asking “are you going to the Grammys?”.
The rest of the post points out many of the inaccuracies with Costello’s screenshots such as a “video chat function that Instagram did not launch until 2018” and a “colour format which Instagram launched in 2020.”
It concluded, “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. Chrissy has every right to correct the record and defend her name, She is not interested in making Mr. Costello the target of harassment or abuse from anyone claiming to support her. She hopes this can be a time of honest reflection and healing.”
Teigen’s husband John Legend also insisted the screenshots are fake.
“This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened,” he tweeted.
Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them. This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened. Receipts below: https://t.co/Toh2rjTXNS
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 18, 2021
I encourage everyone who breathlessly spread this lie to keep that same energy when they correct the record
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 18, 2021
Costello’s rep has denied the allegations of the fake screenshots, sharing a statement to E! News.
“The fact that Chrissy Teigen’s team is desperately trying to prove the DM’s are fake and attempts 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,” the statement declared.
The new report come just days after Costello, a former contestant on “Project Runway”, came forward with claims against Teigen, accusing her of online bullying.
“For the past 7 years, I’ve lived with a deep, unhealed trauma,” he wrote on Instagram this week. “I wanted to kill myself and I still am traumatized, depressed and have thoughts of suicide.”
Courtney Stodden has also come forward with similar accusations against Teigen.