This Is the Real Reason Target Pulled Chrissy Teigen's Line From Its Website
It doesn't have to do with the Courtney Stodden scandal.
Chrissy Teigen is in hot water right now due to some past comments made via social media, but that isn't the cause of a recent change in one of her business ventures. As noted by multiple publications, Teigen's cookware line is no longer being sold by Target. Because of the timing, some may assume that this is because of the current conversation involving her tweets to Courtney Stodden, but there's another explanation.
Recently, Stodden called out Teigen for sending them tweets and DMs in 2011 and 2012 in which the model and cookbook author told them to end their life amongst other bullying comments. (The DMs haven't be made public, but the since-deleted tweets have been verified.) Stodden is a model, singer, and reality TV personality who made headlines in 2011 when, at 16 years old, they married 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison. The couple have since divorced, and Stodden has accused Hutchison of verbally abusing and grooming them.
Read on to learn more about what happened between Teigen and Stodden, and to find out the real reason Target no longer sells Teigen's line.
Stodden called out Teigen for bullying.
When Teigen briefly left Twitter in March due to its negativity, Stodden said Teigen was part of the problem. They called her a "bully" in a social media post and shared some of the old tweets Teigen had written about them. TMZ published screenshots of the tweets, which included Teigen writing "I hate you" to Stodden and writing that her "fantasy" was for Stodden to take a "dirt nap."
In a May interview with The Daily Beast, Stodden said that Teigen wouldn't just publicly tweet them these things but also send abuse via DMs. They also spoke about other celebrities who said mean things to or about them during the time of their marriage. Stodden's divorce from Hutchison was finalized in 2020. In The Daily Beast interview, Stodden, now 26, speaks about growing to see the relationship in a completely different light.
Teigen apologized for her comments to Stodden in multiple tweets.
"Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bull**** in front of the entire world," she wrote. "I'm mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that… is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel. I have worked so hard to give you guys joy and be beloved and the feeling of letting you down is nearly unbearable, truly. These were not my only mistakes and surely won't be my last as hard as I try but god I will try!!"
She added, "I have tried to connect with Courtney privately but since I publicly fueled all this, I want to also publicly apologize. I'm so sorry, Courtney. I hope you can heal now knowing how deeply sorry I am … And I am so sorry I let you guys down. I will forever work on being better than I was 10 years ago, 1 year ago, 6 months ago."
Stodden said they accept the apology but still have other issues.
In a post on Instagram on May 12, Stodden wrote, "I accept her apology and forgive her. But the truth remains the same, I have never heard from her or her camp in private. In fact, she blocked me on Twitter. All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology, but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realizing her 'wokeness' is a broken record."
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Teigen's line is no longer being sold at Target, but not because of Stodden.
While Teigen's line being pulled may have raised eyebrows, Target told Page Six that the decision to no longer carry the brand was made in December. The publication also notes that the items were removed last month, before The Daily Beast piece was published.
Since Teigen's brand was no longer going to be exclusive to Target, the store decided not to continue stocking it. "We made the mutual decision in December to no longer carry the cookware line, given our continued focus on brands we develop and that can only be found at Target," the company said in a statement to Page Six. The line is still sold by Macy's and on Teigen's website.