Why Did Chrissy Teigen Leave Twitter? She Says It Wasn’t ‘Bullying’ or ‘Trolls’

Chrissy Teigen is known as a model, a TV host, an entrepreneur, and much more. But for her followers on Twitter, she’s more than that — she provides hours of entertainment from snappy comebacks to lengthy threads. After leaving the platform in 2021, Teigen explains what led to her decision.

Chrissy Teigen has long been the queen of Twitter

Chrissy Teigen in front of the Twitter logo
Chrissy Teigen announces the 2015 Billboard Music Awards Finalists at Twitter on April 7, 2015, in Santa Monica, California. | Amanda Edwards/WireImage

Teigen’s been on Twitter since early in the social media platform’s inception. She is typically unfiltered with her comments and doesn’t use it so much for promotion (though she does some of that), but the way most people do — to speak on whatever’s going on in the news.

Teigen has trended several times in the past, though one of her most stand-out Twitter moments came when she fired back at then-president Donald Trump after he tweeted about her and husband John Legend. “You realize why you love Twitter, and you love your friends,” she told Ellen Degeneres in 2019 of the viral moment.

She’s left the platform briefly after being bullied in the past

Of course, not all of Teigen’s experiences on Twitter have been positive ones. As she told DeGeneres, “you know you’re about to get the wildest group of people ever” tweeting at and about you after you go viral. In late 2020, this happened for a very different reason.

Teigen miscarried her third child, whom she and Legend named Jack, in September 2020. She shared this news along with photos on her social media profiles. After some users spoke negatively of her following this, Teigen took some time off the platform while dealing with the loss.

Teigen announced she was quitting for good in March 2021

Months later, Teigen returned to her regular posting on Twitter. However, in March 2021, she shared that she was leaving — for good. “For over 10 years, you guys have been my world,” she wrote. “I honestly owe so much to this world we have created here. I truly consider so many of you my actual friends.”

“But it’s time for me to say goodbye, Teigen continued. “This no longer serves me as positively as it serves me negatively, and I think that’s the right time to call something.” She then deleted her account. Some felt that this was a “really, really bad reflection on the company’s ability to fight abuse.”

Why Chrissy Teigen left Twitter (in her own words)

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The next day, Teigen elaborated on her Twitter exit and clarified a few things. However, she doesn’t blame the company. “I want to say that this is absolutely NOT twitter’s fault – I believe they do all they can to combat relentless bullying.” She noted, “They’ve reached out and worked with my team and me personally.”

Teigen continued, “It’s not the ‘bullying.’ And it’s not the trolls. The trolls I can deal with, although it weighs on you. It’s just me. I have to come to terms with the fact some people aren’t gonna like me. I hate letting people down or upsetting people and I feel like I just did it over and over and over.”

The Cravings founder finished. “Someone can’t read that they disappointed you in some way every single day, all day without physically absorbing that energy. I can feel it in my bones.” She signed off with a special note to her frequent attackers, QAnon believers: “I no longer care. Don’t flatter yourselves.”