Chrissy Teigen Says That Apologizing For Cyberbullying ‘Made Me A Stronger Person’

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You may remember not too long ago that Chrissy Teigen made headlines for having bullied reality star Courtney Stodden on Twitter when she was 16 years old in 2011. It wasn’t just teasing her about something silly, like wearing glasses or having freckles—it was encouraging Stodden to kill herself.

Teigen apparently told the teen that she hated her, could not wait for her to die and wanted her to “go to sleep forever.” Stodden also said that Teigen messaged her privately messaged to tell her to kill herself.

After the tweets resurfaced and the stories began to swarm about the awful things she said, Teigen sent a public apology to Stodden over Twitter.

Even though she publicly apologized for her actions—two times, both in May and June—a bunch of retailers, like Target, Macy’s and Bloomingdales, wound up pulling her cookware line “Cravings by Chrissy Teigen” from their shelves. And Stodden didn’t really accept her apology.

Obviously, it wasn’t the best of times for Teigen. However, she says that the whole experience really changed who she was and made her stronger as a person.

“You learn so much in the moments where you do lose so much — you lose it all, your world is kind of turned upside down,” she said. “For me, it was a big moment of: Wow, I need to find out how I can be better. How I can grow from this. Learn from this.'”

In this stronger mindset, Teigen has also quit drinking and has been sober for 100 days. “I’m actually 100 days sober today and I’m so excited,” Teigen told Hoda Kotb on TODAY. “I feel so good. I feel very clear-headed. I feel like I’ve done the work and I just hope these people can forgive and be able to welcome the fact that hopefully they’ve seen me be better.”

She went on to talk about how much she’s grown, even in just a year, and how much she’ll continue to do so as the years go by. She also said that she reached out to other people she bullied to apologize.

“If they accepted [my apology], then that’s great,” she said of those exchanges. “But they didn’t have to either.”

Either way, she says that she’s glad her faults happened to her. After all, how would she have learned ot be a stronger person otherwise?

“There’s that old cliché, ‘I’m glad it happened,’” she said. “But truly, it made me a stronger person, a better person.”

To hear the interview in whole, check out the segment below!

Go Chrissy! What do you think of her new mindset?