However, Chrissy’s team told Business Insider just days later that the screenshots Michael were fake, pointing to inconsistencies in Instagram formatting and an old profile photo of her. Michael’s rep then told E! News that Chrissy “remains the same bully, despite her public apology.”
Chrissy later addressed Michael directly, tweeting on June 18, “you are now causing actual pain to people who are trying to better themselves. Enough. Or this WILL go further. Not here, but an actual court of law. And every dime we win will go to an anti bullying charity focused on turning this s–t show into a positive.” She tried to disprove his alleged DMs by posting her own alleged screenshots, which showed their innocuous DM history.
Husband John Legend also came to her defense at the time. “Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr. Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them,” the Grammy winner tweeted. “This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened.”
John reflected, “I encourage everyone who breathlessly spread this lie to keep the same energy when they correct the record.”
Chrissy posted a statement that was written on her behalf, reiterating that she apologized for public tweets she has made and stating she has never “conspired” with anyone to harm Michael’s career. Read the full statement here.