Chrissy Teigen says she’s ‘barely online anymore’ after her therapist suggested a social media break
Chrissy Teigen is a cookbook author, former model, and media personality. Jean Baptiste Lacroix/AFP via
Chrissy Teigen has taken a step back from social media after her therapist recommended taking a break, she told Marie Claire on Tuesday.
“I’m barely online anymore, and that was at the request of my therapist,” she said.
The “Cravings” author continued to explain that she started therapy for the first time during the pandemic.
“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,” she said.
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Chrissy Teigen is focusing on her mental health during the pandemic, and for her, that means stepping away from social media.
“I’m barely online anymore, and that was at the request of my therapist,” the 34-year-old “Cravings” author said during her interview with Marie Claire on Tuesday.
Teigen, who has accrued over 31 million Instagram followers and 13 million Twitter followers, said she hasn’t looked back since she gave therapy a chance for the first time during the pandemic.
“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,” she said.
Known by many for her witty, honest social media presence, Teigen said people often mistakenly consider her to be “tough” rather than an “empath.”
“I take on other people’s pain and sadness as my own. And when I let people down, I’m hyperaware of it,” she said, adding, “Sometimes I feel like people aren’t going to be as hard on me as I am on myself. So it’s good for me to take a break.”
In the past several months, Teigen has blocked over a million followers and alternated between public and private profiles after a QAnon theorist linked her to late accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
She’s denied the conspiracy theory multiple times on Twitter.
And even though it may benefit her mental health to retreat from social media, Teigen said she feels a responsibility to use her platform to speak up about current events, like police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Part of me right now knows this is not the right time to go silent. It does feel very selfish and weird to say that my mental health is important when there are people being murdered by police and murdered in their own homes,” she said.
Teigen continued, “Who gives a f— about someone making fun of me when people’s livelihoods are being threatened just for telling their stories? I have Black children, so is it really the right time to not want to step on anyone’s toes?”
Though she’s currently limiting her presence online, Teigen still finds time to crowdsource the best sandwich in Los Angeles, share moments from her third pregnancy, and criticize Donald Trump.
It’s also not the first time she’s retreated from social media.
Days after fellow cook Alison Roman made controversial comments about Teigen during her The New Consumer interview in May, the former supermodel announced that she was taking a “little break,” presumably from social media.
“I really hate what this drama has caused this week. Calling my kids Petri dish babies or making up flight manifests with my name on them to ‘Epstein island’, to justify someone else’s disdain with me seems gross to me so I’m gonna take a little break,” she wrote.
Teigen added, “This is what always happens. The first day, a ton of support, then the next, 1 million reasons as to why you deserved this. It never fails.”
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