The rosé was everywhere at Rose Café in Venice but Chrissy Teigen was sipping from a can of Red Bull. It was a little before noon. Attendees, most of whom wore sundresses and beachy waves, stood idly at the inaugural Chase Sapphire Sundays: Brunch with Chrissy Teigen event, drinking their frosé cocktails garnished with rose petals. They were trying to get a glimpse of their host, who, for the time being, was sitting behind a mesh screen, cross-legged on her chair.
She was feeling tired, she said, maybe a little jet-lagged. Teigen, John Legend, and their 16-month-old daughter Luna have been holidaying a bit more than usual this summer. They had recently come back from Italy and would soon be leaving for another trip. They are focusing on travel because “a lot of stuff’s about to come,” Teigen said. “We’re going to try to have a child. This is for us to try to get in the zone of ‘let’s travel, let’s be away together, let’s see our closest friends,’ and then we’re going to have to do something super hard, which is the IVF process, all over again.”
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Before Italy, it was Bali, where they attended a wellness retreat. Teigen wanted to do a reset on her health. “I was, point blank, just drinking too much,” she said, looking down at the table between us. She picked up my phone and turned it around in her hands. “I got used to being in hair and make-up and having a glass of wine. Then that glass of wine would carry over into me having one before the awards show. And then a bunch at the awards show. And then I felt bad for making kind of an ass of myself to people that I really respected. And that feeling, there’s just nothing like that. You feel horrible. It’s not a good look for me, for John, for anybody.”
Included in the $100 price of entry for the brunch were unlimited specialty cocktails and wine, a legion of servers always replenishing the supply. A special day in the life of a Sapphire card-carrying commoner. Not so much for a celebrity — especially not one who’s been a spokesperson for Captain Morgan and Smirnoff. “Imagine everything we have,” Teigen said. “Everything is there, always. I don’t know how to go to an awards show and not drink.”