As if we needed another way to relate to Chrissy Teigen, she just opened up about how alcohol used to be a problem for her. The model and cookbook author recently spoke to Cosmopolitan about her drinking habits, saying, “I was, point blank, just drinking too much.”
Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend, recently went on a wellness retreat in Bali, she told the magazine, where she cut out alcohol completely and said she didn’t even miss it.
Award shows were particularly hard for Teigen, she admitted, because she’d have a glass of wine while getting her hair and makeup done, and then one before the show and several during the event itself.
“And then I felt bad for making kind of an ass of myself to people that I really respected,” she told the magazine. “And that feeling, there’s just nothing like that. You feel horrible. It’s not a good look for me, for John, for anybody.”
She also made the very valid point that it’s hard not to drink when the alcohol is so available to you — especially if you’ve been a spokesperson for Smirnoff and Captain Morgan, like Teigen was. “Everything is there, always. I don’t know how to go to an award show and not drink,” she said.
Teigen is also aware of a history of alcoholism in her family, and since she’s currently taking various medications for postpartum depression and anxiety, she knows “alcohol is like the least thing that helps.”
As to how she plans to cut down on her drinking, Teigen isn’t opposed to going totally dry. “I used to think it was kind of nutty to have to go totally sober, but now I get it. I don’t want to be that person… I have to fix myself.”
She also gave an update on expanding her family, telling Cosmo: “We’re going to try to have a child. This is for us to try to get in the zone of ‘let’s travel, let’s be away together, let’s see our closest friends,’ and then we’re going to have to do something super hard, which is the IVF process, all over again.”
We wish Teigen all the best — and if anyone’s taking a cue from her and looking for a nonalcoholic cocktail option, we have a few suggestions.