AceShowbiz - Another person claimed the he's one of the victims of Chrissy Teigen's cyberbullying. Just hours after the TV personality issued a lengthy apology over her bullying scandal, fashion designer Michael Costello claimed in an Instagram post that Chrissy drove him to "darkest hour of my life," to the point he wanted to commit suicide.
Taking to the photo-sharing platform on Monday, June 14, Michael wrote, "I didn't want to do this but I can not be happy until I speak my mind I need to heal and in order for me to do that I must reveal what I've been going through." He continued, "I wanted to kill myself and I still am traumatized , depressed and have thoughts of suicide."
"For the past 7 years, I've lived with a deep, unhealed trauma," he opened his note. "I didn't share this with anyone because I was living in fear. In fear of losing some of my most profitable brand relationships; in fear of losing friends and allies; and in fear of being blocklisted even more by the power elites who run the industry."
Michael then shared it started in 2014 when he "received a public comment from Chrissy Teigen on my Instagram page, accusing me of being a racist. She apparently formed her own opinion on me based on a photoshopped comment floating around the internet which has now been proven to be false by Instagram and since taken down." He revealed that he reached out to Chrissy to tell her that he "was the victim of a vindictive cyber slander," but Chrissy allegedly told him that his career was over and that "all my doors will be shut from there on."
And since then, Michael claimed that throughout the next few years, he would be pulled off last minute with no explanation from his jobs. "I would regularly get texts and calls from our mutual friends and colleagues that her and Monica Rose, a powerful stylist in fashion, have gone out of their way to threaten people and brands that if they were in any shape or form associated with me, they would not work with any of them," he explained.
Michael said that he pleaded with both Chrissy and Monica to see the whole story but they refused to believe him. "So many nights I stayed awake, wanting to kill myself. I didn't see the point of living. There was no way I can ever escape from being the target of the powerful elites iin Hollywood, who actually do have powers to close doors with a single text. Not only was I the target of cyber defamation, I was also getting blocklisted in real life," he recalled.
Michael divulged that last week, he "wrote personal letters to my family and closest friends because I thought that taking my own life would be the best way out. ... Since then, everyone in my family has had me on a close watch against my will." In his note, Michael said that he decided to speak the truth now because he realized that he could only heal until he revealed.
The fashion designer also attached some screenshots of his text messages with Chrissy. One of them featured the wife of John Legend writing to him, "racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch."
Michael's post arrives shortly after Chrissy apologized for her horrible tweets in the past. Calling herself a "troll" and "mean," the "Lip Sync Battle" host promised to continue doing self-improvement.