Food-writer Alison Roman issued a detailed second apology (her first was a really half-assed apology) on Monday, May 11, 2020, to Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo after dissing their empires a few days prior.
“I used their names disparagingly to try and distinguish myself, which I absolutely do not have an excuse for,” Roman wrote in a statement shared to Twitter on Monday. “It was stupid, careless and insensitive.”
“I need to learn, and respect, the difference between being unfiltered and honest vs. being uneducated and flippant,” she continued. “The burden is not on them (or anyone else) to teach me, and I’m deeply sorry that my learning came at Chrissy and Marie’s expense.”
Roman also noted that she was embarrassed that she couldn’t express herself without tearing others down. “My comments were rooted in my own insecurity,” she added. “My inability to appreciate my own success without comparing myself to and knocking down others—in this case two accomplished women—is something I recognize I most definitely struggle with, and am working to fix.”
In an interview with New Consumer, republished Thursday, Roman criticized Kondo’s homeware range and called the lifestyle guru a sell-out. “I’m like, damn, bitch, you fucking just sold out immediately!” she said, before then announcing that she was “horrified” by Teigen’s cookware range and Instagram account.
“Like, what Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook,” Roman said. “And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her.”
Teigen responded to Roman on Twitter, saying the criticism hit her hard and she hasn’t ever “been so bummed out by the words of a fellow food-lover.” “I have made her recipes for years now, bought the cookbooks, supported her on social [media] and praised her in interviews,” Teigen added. “I even signed on to executive produce the very show she talks about doing in this article.”
Teigen, on Monday night, tweeted an acceptance of the apology.
“The comments stung, but they moreso stung because they came from u!” Teigen wrote. “It wasn’t my usual news break of some random person hating everything about me!”
Teigen then discussed her own journey of coming to terms with not always being able to say what she wants now that she’s in the public eye. “I still think some of those things. I just maybe don’t unleash on my peers on super public platforms lol,” she wrote.