Leona Lewis Recalls Being ‘Deeply Hurt’ by Michael Costello After His Chrissy Teigen Bullying Claims

Now, singer Leona Lewis is recalling her own painful experience with Costello in the hopes to inspire a little more compassion for everyone involved.

Leona Lewis Recalls Being ‘Deeply Hurt’ by Michael Costello After His Chrissy Teigen Bullying Claims

After Chrissy Teigen shared an apology note on Monday for her past hurtful social media posts, designer Michael Costello cried foul and said the model and host had driven him to suicidal thoughts due to her “bullying” of him online. Now, singer Leona Lewis is recalling her own painful experience with Costello in the hopes to inspire a little more compassion for everyone involved.

In a seven-part post on Lewis’ Instagram Stories, the U.K. X Factor winner recalled an incident in 2014 when the Project Runway designer was set to dress her for a charity fashion show. According to her version of events, when she showed up to the fitting, the sample size didn’t work on her and Costello’s team was unwilling to alter it to fit her. “At the next fitting, the night before the show, with no explanation at all, Michael refused to turn up,” Lewis writes. “He no longer wanted to dress me and he abandoned his commitments to me and the show which made me well aware that I wasn’t the body type required.”

Lewis says she still attended the event but sat in the crowd and had to make up excuses for why she wasn’t walking in the show as planned. “I was so embarrassed and deeply hurt,” she wrote. “Because I didn’t look like a model size, I was not permitted to walk in the show.”

After Costello claimed that Teigen bullied him and tried to blacklist him from working with certain clients due to what he claims were fabricated racist messages attributed to him, Lewis felt compelled to share her story. “We all make mistakes, I know I have, but at this time I feel that when people apologize (Chrissy) and show sincere remorse and rehabilitation for their actions, we should embrace them and not try and kick them when they’re down.”

Costello’s accusation came Monday after Teigen shared a post she penned to say she was reaching out to all the people she’d hurt on social media to try to make amends.

Read all of Lewis’ posts below:

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Phoebe Bridgers Set to Perform at 2021 A2IM Libera Awards: How to Watch

Indie breakout star Phoebe Bridgers has been added to the lineup of performers at the 2021 A2IM Libera Awards. The awards will air on Thursday June 17 at 6 p.m. ET on A2IM's official YouTube channel.

Phoebe Bridgers Set to Perform at 2021 A2IM Libera Awards: How to Watch

Indie breakout star Phoebe Bridgers has been added to the lineup of performers at the 2021 A2IM Libera Awards. The awards will air Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on A2IM’s YouTube channel. Fans will have to catch Bridgers’ performance when it airs live; the show won’t be available to replay.

Other performers on this year’s show are Grammy-nominated rock and soul duo Black Pumas, Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae, 2021 Brit Award winner Arlo Parks, three-time Grammy-winner Fantastic Negrito, Grammy-nominated singer Lido Pimienta, Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, and the Memphis-based Stax Music Academy Rhythm Section.

Bridgers is nominated in five categories at the A2IM Libera Awards, which honor independent artists. She’s up for record of the year and best alternative rock record for Punisher, video of the year for “Savior Complex,” best live/livestream act and marketing genius.

Other top nominees include Run the Jewels, Perfume Genius, Yves Tumor, Thundercat and Waxahatchee.

Bridgers also scored big in in the nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. She was up for best new artist, best alternative music album for Punisher, and best rock song and best rock performance for “Kyoto.”

Soul and gospel great Mavis Staples is slated to receive the independent icon award at the A2IM Libera Awards. The awards are presented by the American Association of Independent Music, the New York-based trade organization that works to strengthen the independent recorded music sector.

This marks the second year that the Libera Awards will be held as a livestream ceremony, open to the public. This is also the second year that Sweet Relief  will serve as A2IM’s official charity partner for the Libera Awards. All proceeds raised during the show will be donated to career musicians and music industry professionals in need.

The 2021 Libera Awards are presented by Merlin, the independent digital music licensing partner.

The Libera Awards are the culmination of Indie Week, the world’s largest independent music conference, which runs from June 14 to 17. Indie Week, which is being held virtually for the second year in a row, is sponsored by SoundExchange.

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