“She is meant to go live her best life," said the co-host of 'Chrissy & Dave Dine Out'
Chrissy Teigen's mother has moved out.
Teigen, 38, and her Chrissy & Dave Dine Out co-host David Chang stopped by SiriusXM’s TODAY radio show The Happy Hour to chat with co-hosts Talia Parkinson-Jones, Donna Farizan and Gavin Shulman. During the interview, the model shared how her mother, Vilailuck "Pepper" Teigen, recently moved back to Thailand to live in her childhood hometown, Korat.
“We haven't really told the world or the internet, and everyone's gonna be probably so confused,” revealed Teigen. “She is meant to go live her best life.”
After Teigen shared how much her mother “loves taking care of her grandchildren,” she explained that Pepper is “young enough that she needs to go off and be happy.”
She added how “special” and “amazing” it was to see her mother “at home” with her, husband John Legend and their four children: Luna Simone, 7, Miles Theodore, 5, Esti Maxine, 1, and Wren Alexander Stephens, 7 months.
The Cravings author shared that the family of six plans to visit Pepper “every spring break.” She added that she explained to her children that their time with their grandmother in the future will "be really special."
“But yeah, we miss her. So much. She's only been gone for a couple of weeks, but you feel the void," Teigen added.
Teigen admitted that it was her mother’s decision to depart and noted her mother's strong bond with her group of friends. “She just changes; she lights up when she sees them, and I wasn't seeing her light up as much without them.”
She also expressed how she’s encouraged Pepper “to go find love and find whatever it is she wants.” While Pepper has told her daughter she only cares about “her grandbabies and her friends,” Teigen shared that she wants her mother to pursue other things.
“Also I truly haven't really been on my own,” she confessed. “It's weird waking up and going, ‘Oh my God, I got four kids, and mom's not here.’ And, of course, we have help, but there's nobody like your mother.”
She also shared that her mother’s move didn’t “hit” her until 30 minutes before her car arrived. “I had not shed a tear. I was really excited for her,” recalled Teigen. “And then I heard '30 minutes ‘til your car gets here' and then I just lost it.”
Teigen admitted that she began to think about all of her mother’s Thai specialties and all the “little things.”
“I believe that there's a spiritual and physical connection [with mothers]. And I felt it in my bones when she left, I really did,” concluded Teigen.
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Since arriving in Thailand, Pepper has shared a glimpse at her new life on Instagram. On Jan. 10, she shared a photo montage documenting her travels to Thailand and the sweet welcome she received at the airport.
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