Chrissy Teigen Recalls Experiencing Racism With Husband John Legend: I Was Sobbing Afterward For Hours
Chrissy Teigen has usually been known for her light-hearted banter in the media, but now she’s speaking out about a more serious time when she and her superstar husband, John Legend, experienced racism in 2010.
In a recent interview, where Chrissy Teigen also graces the cover, she opens up about her experience.
“We were in a nicer neighborhood at night, driving slowly, looking for John’s godmother’s home.”
The model and soon-to-be mom of 3 continued:
“These two guys were in a pickup truck slowly tailing us, flashing their lights and trying to speak to us. When we pulled over, they were like ‘What are you guys looking for?’ and we gave them the address.”
Describing it as a “terrible, scary experience,” Chrissy Teigen recalled,
“They literally said, ‘Get your a**es out of here!’ and proceeded to follow us all the way into her driveway. They got out of the car and stared at us as we knocked on the door and went inside.”
Though Chrissy says John “wasn’t emotional” at all, she, on the other hand, was shaken up about it.
“That was my first taste of seeing what happens to Black men everyday. It was horrifying and could have gone wrong so quickly. I was sobbing afterward for hours.”
“Seeing that he wasn’t very thrown by it was really upsetting because he obviously had experienced it before.”
As a mom of Black children, Chrissy Teigen, who is Asian and white, is weighing out how to explain racism to her young kids.
“When it comes to them being treated differently because of the color of their skin, I’m going to look to John for a lot of help with that because while they are Asian and white too, their skin color is Black.”
The author and businesswoman also revealed that she’s slowly taking a break from social media. She said,
“I’m barely online anymore, and that was at the request of my therapist. I didn’t start therapy until quarantine. I used to avoid it and make fun of the idea of it, and then I found the right person and it changed my world.”
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