Chrissy Teigen apologizes for ‘super tone deaf and icky’ comments about her mom treating $159 AirPods as ‘disposable’

Chrissy Teigen with her son, Miles, and mother, Pepper.

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Chrissy Teigen has apologized for a “super tone deaf and icky” joke about her mom treating $159 AirPods as “disposable.”

The 33-year-old author tweeted on Wednesday that her mom, Pepper Thai, “buys a few [Airpods] a month” and “says they would be easier to not lose if they had….a cord.”

The joke sparked a discussion about wealth inequality and Teigen was roundly criticized for being out of touch.

“Oh man I haven’t checked my mentions for a bit and I didn’t realize how many people were super pissed off about this,” she wrote on Thursday. “It was meant as a joke (and exaggeration) about how my mom doesn’t realize air pods are with a cord are headphones but it came across as super tone deaf and icky.”

“I promise I will not always say the right thing in the right way but I also promise I hate disappointing or pissing you guys off,” she continued. “I’m sorry and I will do better to not be such an a——.”

While some praised the mom of two for recognizing her misstep and offering an apology, others continued to criticize her treatment of the situation.

“It’s not about how you said it. It’s the fact that some people are starving while others can treat $150 airpods as disposable,” one follower wrote. “I love you Chrissy but seriously, stop pretending this is about tone and start campaigning for wealth redistribution.”

“You keep saying this as if my husband and I don’t do anything for society and it’s really disheartening,” Teigen replied.

“It was a comment, a joke, a dumb one at that, that I’m sorry for. I hope we have done and continue to do things that contribute more than a dumb tweet. Again, I apologize.”

Another follower wrote that, while Teigen and her husband seem like “decent people,” their wealthy lives are “so removed from those of most people that sometimes you will say things that strike most of us as insensitive.”

“Completely understand and I don’t ever forget people are struggling,” Teigen replied. “All I can do is tangible things to help make a difference outside the twitter world. It definitely showed that I’m a bit removed and I will do better as best I can.”

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Teigen and John Legend have a combined net worth of $71 million.

Legend is a Grammy-winning, Oscar-winning, Tony-winning, and Emmy-winning musician with five studio albums – two of which have been certified platinum by the RIAA, meaning they each sold more than one million copies.

Teigen has written two popular cookbooks, 2016’s “Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat” and 2018’s “Cravings: Hungry for More.” She recently launched a website as an extension of her bestsellers and co-hosts Paramount Network’s “Lip Sync Battle.”

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Twenty-year-old Teigen and 28-year-old Legend met while she was working as a model in 2006. She recently told Vanity Fair that she didn’t have any savings – or even a bedroom in the apartment she shared with six other girls – when they began dating.

“I had no credit cards, I didn’t have a bank account, and it just didn’t occur to me to ask my dad for money,” she said. “I knew exactly how much it was with tax to get a McDouble and fries.”

The couple, their two children, and Teigen’s mother now live together in Beverly Hills. According to Forbes, they bought the five-bedroom house for $14.1 million in 2016.