For the first time in four years, Christie Brinkley is ready to talk about her messy divorce from husband Peter Cook.
Appearing on TODAY Tuesday, the 58-year-old supermodel and actress said she's "turned the other cheek" while her husband of 12 years vilified her in the press. "There's not one quote from me anywhere. This is the first time I've ever been on a show [to talk about the breakup]."
"Since the day that he realized that I wasn't coming back, there has been a real character assassination going on. I asked for and got a confidentiality agreement with the original divorce. I alone have maintained the confidentiality agreement. I had offers for a sympathetic show from Oprah, Jeff Zucker offered me an hour on primetime. Everybody asked me to come on. I did not want to do it."
Brinkley added: "I have never gone on a TV show. Peter went on Barbara Walters, he went on Geraldo Rivera, he went back on Geraldo Rivera, he went on Good Morning America. So let's ask him, why is he doing that?"
The Chicago star admitted that she's become embarrassed by the public spectacle her 53-year-old ex has created.
"I have never taken part in name calling. The only thing that have ever said, after my second trial. . .I simply said as a public service: 'Google divorcing a narcissist.' Because I'm not alone. I've gotten hundreds of letters from women that are going through this," Brinkley said. "It's not easy."
Their son Jack, 16, "has been with me full-time for the past seven months," Brinkley added.
The supermodel ended the interview fighting back tears, telling host Matt Lauer, 54: "[Peter] continues to contact me. . . I just want peace. And every time I have any joy or any kind of success in anything, he has to try to destroy it."
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