When Courtney Stodden was 16, they claim Chrissy Teigen “would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself.” Courtney almost did.
Teigen is no stranger to controversy, especially on Twitter.
However, when you see a real person, and Chrissy already in her mid 20, famous and influential, telling someone to kill themselves over unfounded hatred, it is time to revisit history.
Courtney Stodden in the spotlight
Back in 2011, Courtney was only 16, and they married a 50-year-old acting coach, Doug Hutchison.
They now spoke about the experience and the horrible treatment from influential people, celebrities, and the media, of course.
Stodden identifies as non-binary now. We will try to respect their decision in describing what one could call crucifying Courtney Stodden.
They were slut-shamed, called a gold digger, and worse. They tried to make it work in the industry, but it was almost too much to bear.
Inspired by Framing Britney Spears, Courtney talked to the Daily Beast about their experience.
Stodden, 26, filed for divorce from Hutchison in 2018, and it was finalized in 2020. Now, they understand they were the victim of a predator.
“It was hard getting away—but I got away.”
Courtney alone with her thoughts
Stodden used the lockdowns to write their autobiography. They said:
“It’s been really healing.”
“I still have a lot to write, but it’s been surprising how many experiences I’ve had in Hollywood. It’s just a cesspool of hounds. And if I can help one person, then I’ve done my job.”
They recently released a single, and now it is time to promote the album and the cosmetic line, and their OnlyFans account.
It is also time to face those same people who treated them so unkindly, even telling them to kill themselves.
The grooming of Courtney Stodden
Courtney said in the same interview that they didn’t know how to leave the actor/acting coach. They claim:
“It took me a really long time to understand what “grooming” even meant.”
They claim that the ex-husband continued grooming Courtney for many years until they felt like they were going crazy.
Even the leaving part was tricky. Courtney didn’t know how to live on their own:
“I didn’t know how to be on my own. I still don’t have a license. I depended so much on him, and he knew that, so when he left, it was almost a manipulative way of going, ‘OK, let’s see if you can survive without me here.'”
But it seems that they were tricked into not knowing anything:
“Thankfully, I have—and I am still surviving without him, even though the pandemic. It took me a really, really long time to understand what happened to me, and I’m still going through the repercussions of being groomed.”
Courtney declared a horrible truth:
“It’s amazing how many predators are out there. I know a few as I sit here, and I don’t really know what to do about it.”
Courtney Stodden Vs. Chrissy Teigen
They brought the receipts, so John Legend’s wife should try to keep away from rushed and faked apologies.
As Courtney said:
“She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take “a dirt nap” but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.'”
But, Teigen was one of many:
“And not only her, but Joy Behar had a field day with calling me a ‘slut.’ Courtney Love told me I was a ‘whore.'”
There is a now-deleted series of tweets that proves they are telling the truth. Chrissy was 25 at the time and should be held accountable for her disgraceful actions. Telling anyone, especially a groomed teenager, to kill themselves is not easy to forget.
The silver lining came from unexpected sources:
“The majority of love and apologies have come from reporters and also people online who tell me that they appreciate me and love me and that I’m a source of strength for them.”
Courtney was suicidal
Talking to Daily Beast, they revealed:
“There have probably been five times that I’ve felt like I wanted to kill myself—and made the actions to go ahead and do it.”
The tweets came to light two months ago, when Country posted a video, which led to Teigen being off Twitter for a while. Since Teigan spoke against bullying, Courtney had to react:
“I think, for me, because I experienced so much harassment and bullying from her when I was just 16 years old, just 17 years old, just 18 years old, at a time when I needed help. Like, I was being abused.”
Many news outlets chose to ignore the now-deleted video Courtney shared. But, after sharing their side of the story in such detail, it was hard to ignore.
Chrissy has yet to respond to Courtney’s statements.
Cyberbullying is real.
Additional pressure comes when you are already in the spotlight, and someone as powerful as Anderson Cooper or as famous as Chrissy Teigen is after you. Add to that that Courtney was only a teenager in a toxic, even, twisted relationship.
We must do better. Everyone should be allowed to express themselves freely, but you have to be held accountable if you are harming another person.