The luxury department store Bloomingdales has ended its partnership with model and actress Chrissy Teigen, following claims that she harassed reality star Courtney Stodden and others on Twitter.
Bloomingdales had reportedly been close to inking a contract with Teigen for a promotional event for the chain’s Manhattan store, but withdrew on Monday due to the star’s “toxic press.”
The gossip segment of the New York Post published on Tuesday, “Page Six has learned that Bloomingdale’s walked away from a deal with Chrissy Teigen at the 11th hour because of her explosive cyberbullying scandal,” “Bloomingdale’s was hours away from signing a contract with the Twitter personality and cookbook author, which would see her host a promotional event for the store, but pulled the plug on Monday because of the toxic press swirling around Teigen.”
“They pretty much had it together … but had to cancel it,” The outlet was informed by a source at the department store.
Teigen had agreements with Target and Macy’s to market her branded line of cookware and kitchen products, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen. Teigen rose to fame as a model before becoming a social media influencer and cookbook author.
Teigen, who recently branded herself as an anti-cyber-bullying supporter, was accused of bullying Stodden and other reality stars on Twitter last week. Stodden claims Teigen sent her threatening and harassing messages via Twitter and the platform’s direct message feature, according to The Daily Wire.
“Stodden revealed Teigen’s messages in a recent interview, saying that Teigen had told her directly to kill herself,” the Daily Wire reported earlier this week. “'[Teigen] wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself,’” Stodden said. “Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.’”
Teigen offered a tepid apology for her behavior, admitting that she had sent Stodden and others offensive messages.
“Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bullshit in front of the entire world. I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention-seeking troll,” Teigen said in a statement posted to Twitter. “I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel.”
Stodden said the apology was insufficient, and Macy’s evidently didn’t think so, as Teigen’s Cravings line was officially removed from its website earlier this week. Teigen’s cookware is no longer available at Target, but the store claims it ended its partnership with the model in 2020 because it wanted an exclusive relationship, even before reports of her online conduct emerged.
In a statement released earlier this week, the company said, “‘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.”