Christie Brinkley Slams Rumors She Split From John Mellencamp Over His ‘Political Opinions and Redneck Ways’

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Christie Brinkley attends the St. Barth Hamptons Gala on July 24, 2016, in Bridgehampton, NY.  Jerritt Clark/WireImage


Nuh-uh, honey. Christie Brinkley is slamming the New York Post’s report that she broke up with boyfriend John Mellencamp over his “hellbent political opinions and redneck ways.”

The supermodel addressed the Post via Instagram on Thursday, August 11, denying that Mellencamp’s political opinions — and hatred for the Hamptons — drove them apart.

“Somehow [the New York Post] extrapolates from [John’s ‘Peaceful World’ and ‘The West End’] lyrics that John is against progressive Democratic politics and somehow sounds like a Trump fan and that ‘hellbent political opinions and redneck ways’ were the reasons we parted,” Brinkley wrote alongside a photo of the article. 

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John Mellencamp and Christie Brinkley on Oct. 21, 2015, in New York City. Myrna M. Suarez/Getty Images

She continued: “John and I are actually both patriotic Americans who do our fair share of working to bring Americans together. John primarily through his work with Farm Aid and through his music, which by the way, he just gave Hillary Clinton his song for her campaign ‘Our Country.’ I was a delegate from the 1st congressional district of NY for Al Gore and have been on the campaign trails speaking out on behalf of our environmental health and nuclear disarmament. We both believe that we stand a better chance of overcoming the problems America faces when Americans of every race religion ethnicity, gender, black lives, blue lives, come together in mutual respect and love and that’s why we are both voting for Hillary.”

Brinkley went on to reiterate that she and Mellencamp split due to distance.

“As to the problem John and I faced it’s just mileage,” she concluded. “Pure and simple. Not that exciting or salacious, sorry. PS John has more friends and invitations to sit at fancy tables in the Hamptons than I do, and in that setting he’s very funny and charming.”

Us Weekly confirmed on August 9 that Brinkley and the singer went their separate ways after a year of dating because of their conflicting schedules.

“Both the mileage between their homes and their heavy career demands interfered with their ability to maintain the relationship,” a rep for the couple told Us. “They vowed to remain best of friends.”

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