Who is Chrissy Teigen's mom? Vilailuck 'Pepper' Teigen says she also gets trolled like daughter who quit Twitter

Vilailuck 'Pepper' Teigen, the 59-year-old mother of the model, is also a cook. She earned her nickname many years ago after restaurant patrons tried some of her chili flake-heavy dishes


                            Who is Chrissy Teigen's mom? Vilailuck 'Pepper' Teigen says she also gets trolled like daughter who quit Twitter
Vilailuck 'Pepper' Teigen lives with her daughter Chrissy Teigen in Los Angeles (Getty Images)
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Chrissy Teigen has recently been at the receiving end of online outrage. She has been accused of bullying minors and saying reprehensible things online. Courtney Stodden accused the American model, television personality, author, and entrepreneur of telling them to die by suicide in 2011. But Teigen is not the only one who frequently gets attacked online. Her mother reportedly faces the same. 

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Stodden said that Teigen “wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.'” Teigen has since apologized for her behavior, saying that she is “mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention-seeking troll,” and that she had “tried to connect with Courtney privately but since I publicly fueled all this, I want to also publicly apologize.”

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Courtney Stodden and Chrissy Teigen. (Getty Images)

Stodden accepted her apology, even though they claimed that they “never heard from her or her camp in private”. They also said that Teigen had blocked them on Twitter. Stodden's mother Krista Keller said, "I am happy she apologized, but I hope it is sincere.” Keller said she believed “jealousy was the cause of this. When Courtney first came on the scene [Teigen] was trying to pull her down.”

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Who is Chrissy Teigen’s mother?

Vilailuck ‘Pepper’ Teigen, the 59-year-old mother of the model, is also a cook and the original one in the family. As per a profile of Vilailuck in Bustle, when she arrived in America around the age of 20, “freshly married to Chrissy’s dad, Ron Teigen, she realized that many staples in Thai cuisine simply weren’t available stateside, so she improvised.”

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When the Teigen family lived in Washington, she and Ron ran a small-town tavern, Porky’s. There, Vilailuck learned to cook American food for her customers. “It’s where she earned her nickname -- Pepper -- after restaurant patrons tried some chili flake-heavy dishes, which she’d made for herself, and found themselves ‘screaming,’” the profile noted. 


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Vilailuck and Ron’s marriage was officially over on May 14, 2020. The two got married on May 10, 1983, and got separated on January 1, 2017, due to “irreconcilable differences.”

In April, speaking with Page Six, Vilailuck said that she too was often the target of online harassment -- the kind that caused her daughter to quit Twitter for nearly a month. “I got some part of that too,” said Vilailuck, who lives with her daughter in Los Angeles. “But we can’t do anything about that at all. She [Chrissy] asks me to not respond. That’s all that I can do, but I get it every day. But it’s OK because I’m older so I can take it.”

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Vilailuck recently released her own cookbook, ‘The Pepper Thai Cookbook,’ which features 80 Thai recipes. But she won’t talk about who the better cook is in the family. She said that her daughter “started so young, she is great in her own way … and John is good too. We’re all good and we all cook together.”

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