In a new cover story with Marie Claire, Chrissy Teigen recalled being followed and harassed by white men while she and her husband John Legend were in Fredericksburg, Virginia. During a 2010 trip to visit Legend’s godmother, the couple was stopped by two “neighborhood-watch-type” men.
“We were in a nicer neighborhood at night — driving slowly — looking for John’s godmother’s home,” Teigen began. “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. They literally said, ‘Get your asses 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. It was a terrible, scary experience,” she added.
Teigen noted that the incident could have “gone wrong so quickly” and was moved to tears when saying that her husband, Legend, had clearly experienced similar racism before.
“That was my first taste of seeing what happens to Black men everyday,” she said. “It was horrifying and could have gone wrong so quickly. I was sobbing afterward for hours, and I noticed John wasn’t emotional about it. Seeing that he wasn’t very thrown by it was really upsetting because he obviously had experienced it before.”
Teigen, who’s expecting baby No. 3, also spoke to the outlet about parenting and communicating with her children amidst worldwide protests and calls for social justice.
“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,” she said. “We just try to talk to them like little adults — saying it in words they’ll understand, making it known that it’s very serious and letting them ask as many questions as they need.”
Read the full interview here.