Chrissy Teigen thanks cookbook author Alison Roman for apology after fallout over 'insensitive' remarks
Chrissy Teigen and Alison Roman have called a truce to their short-lived feud.
Roman, a New York Times food columnist and cookbook author, shared a statement to Twitter Monday, issuing an apology to Teigen and Marie Kondo, both of whom she criticized during an interview with News Consumer published last week.
"I need to formally apologize to Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo. I used their names disparagingly to try and distinguish myself, which I absolutely do not have an excuse for... I need to learn, and respect, the difference between being unfiltered and honest vs. being uneducated and flippant." Roman wrote.
Teigen publicly accepted Roman's apology in a Twitter thread Tuesday, where she called the cookbook author "incredibly talented," adding she hoped everyone could grow and learn from this experience.
"Thank u for this, @alisoneroman," Teigen tweeted. "The comments stung, but they moreso stung because they came from u! It wasn’t my usual news break of some random person hating everything about me!"
In the News Consumer interview, Roman called out Kondo and Teigen when she was asked about the fine line between consumption and pollution.
"Like the idea that when Marie Kondo decided to capitalize on her fame and make stuff that you can buy, that is completely antithetical to everything she’s ever taught you… I’m like, damn, (expletive), you (expletive) just sold out immediately! Someone’s like “you should make stuff,” and she’s like, “okay, slap my name on it, I don’t give a (expletive)!”
She continued: "What Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook. 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. That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that. But like, who’s laughing now? Because she’s making a ton of (expletive) money."
Roman's comments hit Teigen hard who announced she was going to take a "break" from tweeting.
"This is a huge bummer and hit me hard. I have made her recipes for years now, bought the cookbooks, supported her on social and praised her in interviews," Teigen tweeted about Roman's comments. "I even signed on to executive produce the very show she talks about doing in this article."
Roman noted in her apology that she spent a lot of time over the weekend thinking about why she made comments "tearing down" Teigen and Kondo.
"Among the many uncomfortable things I've begun processing is the knowledge that my comments were rooted in my own insecurity," Roman wrote. "My inability to appreciate my own success without comparing myself and knocking others down—in this case two accomplished women—is something I recognize I most definitely struggle with, and am working to fix. I don't want to be a person like that."
The food columnist also acknowledged her blindness to racial insensitivities and her white privilege in calling out two Asian women.
"I'm a white woman who has and will continue to benefit from white privilege and I recognize that makes what I said even more inexcusable and hurtful," Roman wrote. "The fact that it didn't occur to me that I had singled out two Asian women is one hundred percent a function of my privilege (being blind to racial insensitivities is a discriminatory luxury)."
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Kondo has not publicly spoken about Roman's comments. USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Teigen, Roman and Kondo.