Leona Lewis is moving forward.
A day after the singer accused designer Michael Costello of leaving her “embarrassed and deeply hurt” by backing out of an agreement to dress her at a 2014 event due to what she believed was her figure not being “sample size” – and following Costello’s response challenging her account but offering an apology if he “unintentionally hurt” her – Lewis is turning the page.
“I love you guys so much for the support you’ve shown, there are always 2 sides to every story and that’s clear here but i choose forgiveness,” Lewis wrote in an Instagram story post Wednesday afternoon, before addressing the designer directly.
“Michael, [Thank you] for your apology, I wish you healing and that you feel better,” she wrote. “For now today is a new day, spread love.”
Leona Lewis/Instagram Leona Lewis’ Instagram story
Costello did not respond to EW’s request for comment, but he also appeared ready to move past the drama in a statement posted to his Instagram page Wednesday evening.
Thanking his friends and followers for their recent support, Costello wrote in part, “I have spoken my truth and I’m going to leave it as is. The public can interpret however they like, but you know who I am.”
Costello’s statement did not mention Lewis, Teigen, or anyone else by name.
To briefly summarize what happened a day earlier: Lewis called out Costello on Tuesday, after he had called out Chrissy Teigen following her public apology for being a “troll” in her early Twitter days, and said he was still “traumatized” by his 2014 interactions with Teigen. On Lewis’ Instagram, she recounted an alleged incident with Costello and his team where they didn’t dress her for an event, which she believed was due to her not being a certain size.
“I was so embarrassed and deeply hurt,” Lewis wrote Tuesday. “Because I didn’t look like a model size, I was not permitted to walk in his dress. I had to sit in the audience and was asked by press why I didn’t walk in the show. I remember having to come up with excuses as I was so humiliated by it all.”
Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images; Greg Doherty/Getty Images Singer Leona Lewis and designer Michael Costello
A couple of hours after Lewis’ initial post went up, Costello responded on his Instagram story, saying he’d reached out to her personally about her remarks but also that he had several emails from her team since 2014 inquiring about his designs. “No dis no shade no hate I love you and your music I still follow you but not sure what happen,” he wrote.
One of Costello’s story posts appeared to show an email from a stylist’s assistant seeking a look for Lewis for last month’s American Idol finale.