“The Voice” coach John Legend lived up to his name in many ways. Now his wife Chrissy Teigen has also reached a legendary milestone. On Monday July 18, the 36-year-old “finally” reached a year sober, according to The Daily Mail.
Sobriety hasn’t been an easy road for the model and cookbook author. In a proud Instagram post on Monday, she wrote: “Not a drop of alcohol in 365 days! I miss feeling wacky and carefree at times, but to be honest there wasn’t a funny feeling towards the end anyway.” The video shows her spending quality time with her husband, John Legend, 43, and their two children, Miles and Luna spends.
According to the Daily Mail, “Chrissy’s alcohol-free journey originally began in December 2020 while reading Holly Whitaker’s 2019 book, Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol.” In an Instagram Story at the time, Teigen said, “I’m done making my ass in front of people. (I still feel embarrassed) Getting sick of drinking during the day and feeling crappy by six not being able to sleep.
Teigen was fully committed to her sobriety, but like many people, she relapsed and had to get back on the proverbial wagon. This is probably why she included the word “finally” in her July 18 Instagram post. Teigen also admitted in the post, “I drank to end insane anxiety, which later mostly went away when I — get it — stopped drinking! sigh. anyway I feel very good. Sometimes I get really frustrated when I think back to days I should remember a lot better than because of alcohol.”
Husband John Legend, who Teigen met on the set of his 2007 music video “Stereo,” responded to the post with, “Sooooo proud of you my strong beautiful wife!” Actress Selma Blair wrote, “🙌🙌 yeah yeah!! Happy birthday darling.”
Girlfriend and TV personality Lauren Makk commented: “This gave me goosebumps. As your ex-drinking buddies and now sober mom who level headedly clings everyday too – I couldn’t be prouder. i love you christine They really do and serve as a beacon for all of us. BRAV THE F*** O!”
Teigen may appear to be living a charmed life from the outside, but the influencer has endured severe trauma. She and Legend lost a baby, their third child, in late 2020 due to excessive bleeding. The couple had named the child Jack.
Teigen wrote on Instagram: “To our Jack – I am so sorry that the first few moments of your life were fraught with so many complications that we could not give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you.”
A 2021 Buzzfeed article said, “Chrissy Teigen has been candid about her relationship with alcohol, revealing that she’s struggling with unresolved trauma from losing her baby last year.” It’s been a month after losing the baby, when Teigen announced she had been sober for four weeks. However, she later revealed that she was “struggling to process the trauma of losing Jack without alcohol to ‘numb’ the pain,” Buzzfeed claimed.
“I don’t really feel like I’ve fully processed Jack, and now that I don’t have the alcohol to numb him, things are just… there, waiting to be acknowledged,” Teigen revealed in August 2021 on Instagram.
Teigen managed to get through the pain without alcohol and is now positive about the future. She concluded her July 18, 2022 post with, “While I honestly don’t YET know if I’ll ever drink again, I do know that I never want to be like that again. And right now, none is best. I let the bad dreams come up and try to clear them up in therapy without alcohol.”
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