Christie Brinkley breaks down crying about her divorce, calls her ex a narcissist

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Christie Brinkley and her fourth husband, architect Peter Cook, divorced after 12 years in 2008. The divorce was public and we learned some pretty damning details about Cook, including the fact that he’d had an affair with an 18 year-old intern he hired (and later paid a reported $300,000 to keep quiet) and that he had a very expensive online porn habit, costing thousands a month. Christie and Peter have two children, daughter Sailor Lee, 13, and son Jack, 16. (Jack is from Christie’s third marriage, to Richard Taubman, and was adopted by Peter. Christie also has daughter Alexa Ray Joel, 26, from her first marriage, to Billy Joel.)

Some think Christie should have kept all of her husband’s ridiculous indiscretions quiet in order to spare their then-tween children the details. I initially had that opinion, but Christie is claiming that she had nothing to do with the fact that her divorce was public and that Peter spread that story in order to malign her.

After I saw Peter interviewed on 20/20 in late 2008, I had much more sympathy for Christie. Peter basically blamed Christie for the fact that he cheated on her, and used the old “my wife wasn’t paying attention to me” line. He said crap like “I was seeking a connection I could not find in my own marriage” as if all of that was on Christie, not him. Later we found out that he had secretly made sex tapes of himself with his 18 year-old mistress, with the mistress publicly stating that it was without her knowledge or consent.

Well now Christie Brinkley, 58, is returning to Broadway in “Chicago,” and she’s still feuding with her ex over child support and visitation issues. Peter pays $1,200 a month child support, but he’s not up to date on his payments. After Christie filed paperwork with the courts claiming she was owed child support and that Peter was sending her nasty e-mails, Peter went on Nightline earlier this month and spewed a bunch of crap about how Christie was “publicly castrating him.” (His interview starts at 1:55 into this video.) Peter claimed that he didn’t owe support for a period of time in which Christie was away working, because he was watching the kids full time. Well Christie did her first interview on her divorce on The Today Show this morning. She also claimed that Peter has been trying to destroy her image, she called him a narcissist and she broke down crying.

“Since the day that he realized that I was not 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… everyone asked me to come on, I did not want to do it.”

“I have turned the other cheek,” she said, adding that her former spouse of 12 years has repeatedly taken to the airwaves to air their dirty laundry. “There’s not one quote from me, anywhere. This is the first time I’ve ever been on a show (to talk about the split).

“I’m really here because next week I’m going to start promoting Chicago. This became such a big deal. I’ve endured about two weeks of lies and stories, when actually four months prior… I quietly filed to protect my family from that. Part of my suit, I was actually clear to the judge ‘please determine this on paper.’

She revealed that Cook pays $600 per month for each of their children, though he has been quoted as saying he pays “double” what’s required by courts. “It’s a very minimal amount of money,” she said. “And it wasn’t (about) the money. I have hesitated to do anything with the court because he actually likes the publicity and he likes going to court.”

While Cook has called Brinkley a “narcissistic egomaniac,” Brinkley seems to feel much the same way about him: “I have never taken part in name calling. The only thing I’ve ever said … at the end of that (second) trial I said as a public service, ‘Google “divorcing a narcissist.”‘ … I’m not alone. I’ve gotten hundreds of letters from women that are going through this. It’s not easy.”

Lauer was concerned about the impact all of this back-and-forth between the parents was having on their teenaged children; Brinkley returned that there should be “legislation that protects families from a spouse who has been diagnosed by the court-appointed forensic psychiatrist as a bona fide malignant or extreme narcissist…. This is something the courts need to come to grips with.”

But as time wound down, and there was little chat of “Chicago,” Brinkley lost her own grip. While telling Lauer she has not been in touch with Cook for two years, though “he continues to contact me,” she said she asked a judge to “please make this stop, protect my right to peace. I just want peace for my family.”

Tears welling in her eyes, Brinkley said, “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.”


The stuff about the confidentiality agreement didn’t sound entirely right to me. As I mentioned, I thought that Christie fought to have the divorce made public, however she told Matt Lauer that “in New York State divorce court is always open. I had my trial like every other woman going through a divorce.” She might not be able to write a book about it, but all the crap that her ex did is already out there. I did find the rest of her argument somewhat persuasive. Her ex went on TV complaining about her after she filed what she says was standard court paperwork for child support. She’s claiming that she didn’t mean for this to be public at all. So now she’s trying to clear the air and defend herself.

As the article above explains, Matt tried to call out Christie for feuding with her ex and creating a “poisonous atmosphere” which could “severly impact” the children. She then retorted that her ex husband is a narcissist and has a personality disorder. She didn’t take any responsibility for her relationship with him, but I’m not in her position and maybe it’s as bad as she’s saying. It didn’t make sense to me in that she still seems to be blaming him, though. She then broke down crying, saying that she just hopes for peace in her life. At least Lauer made the point that there are two sides to every story. I tend to agree with him.

Christie is show at the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Fashion Show on 2-8-12. Credit: Darla Khazei, Note that I didn’t pick the worst photos of her on purpose. These are the most recent photos of Christie that we have, and they all look like this. Peter Cook is shown at an event in the Hamptons on 5-29-10. Credit:

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  1. Nev says:

    don’t cheat.

    • CALIENTE says:

      Don’t Cheat? Some people throwing stones with glass houses. NO ONE remembers when Christie CHEATED on Billy Joel with that Ski instructor/Developper guy? Joel was in shock and she claimed they were already separated. Christie married Taubman in a heartbeat because he almost died in a helicopter crash they were in (while cheating).

      Her son’s Biological father is Rick Taubman. Yeah, and when things went sour, she made him forfeit visitation rights to their son Jack because he couldn’t pay her back a 1.5 MIllion dollar Loan! Yes, She’s trash who has covered her tracks!

      • Lola says:

        ^This. Every time I see that woman I remember the story of how she went public with her cheating (they had gone skiing together and the world found out only because of the accident!, then they got married at those same mountains days later…).
        Had Billy Joel done the same his career would have been over, and yet this person has carried on with her life as if nothing had happened.

      • pfk says:

        They were already divorced and she is the one who almost died in the helicopter crash. When she left Joel she said publicly she had tried very hard to fix that marriage. Then after the helicopter accident Joel flew to her side in the hospital and she kicked him out. Besides, if Billy only found out about his wife’s “cheating” because of the accident then how could she have married this Taubman guy a few days after it happened? Anyway, Joel has had severe drinking problems for a long, long time, and Lola’s belief that Joel’s career would have been ruined if he had done the same is a joke. He likely cheated all the time. Both of you sound like the people who say Demi is getting her karma with Ashton because she cheated on Bruce when it was Bruce who admitted in so many words that he cheated on Demi!

        As far as the visitation/custody rights business with Taubman concerning Jack, you have your facts wrong with everything else so you’re probably wrong in this, too. Even if you’re not, apparently the man thought it was worth it to give up all rights to his son so he could keep Brinkley’s 1.5 million dollars. Why is that a bad reflection on Brinkley? Did she put a gun to his head? Maybe he just wasn’t interested in his kid or paying child-support. That’s what it looks like to me when someone signs away their ‘rights’ to their children.

    • smith says:

      I’m sorry people, I have two big problems with this story:

      1. Please don’t tell me that nearly 60 year old Christie is playing Roxy Hart in Chicago on Broadway? What, did Madonna and my mother turn them down?

      2. Who pays “thousands a month” for online porn?? All my internet porn is free. He’s an ass.

    • Molly says:

      I don’t really give a crap about the divorce, but I feel so sorry for Christie, especially after watching her cry. That Cook guy has slimy written all over him. He’s obviously looking for fame and attention.

      I want to add, she looks amazing for her age. Wow. I know thirty year olds that look older than her. Sigh. Probably because we can’t all get awesome lasers and creams that cost as much as a house.

  2. whoa says:

    there both narcisstic as hell..

    • Veruca says:


      And I want the number of her plastic surgeon.

      • Coucou says:

        For real! What is UP with that? And to think she’s older than Madonna and looks WAY better…

      • Jess says:

        She looks incredible!

      • Jaxx says:

        She may have a superb surgeon but more important, she has maintained some fat on her body so she does’t look like dried out gristle, something Madonna and her like refuse to consider. They think being skinny equals being young. As you age you need some padding as your skin thins.

        Also, could Matt have been any more combative and unsympathetic toward her?

    • Happymom says:


    • ol cranky says:

      If I recall correctly, the psychiatrist diagnosed both of them with extreme narcisissm

      • bluhare says:

        I think you’ve got it Cranky. She notices how narcisstic he is because he won’t let her be her narcisstic self!

      • Elizabeth says:

        I might have more sympathy for her if this wasn’t husband #4 (by the way, who was husband #2 after Joel?) Maybe she’s the one who keeps picking bad men or men who don’t do any good in relationships? I don’t know but after a 2nd marriage goes down, it starts to look strange to me. There have been 4 husbands and the only constant is her.

      • ol cranky says:

        @Elizabeth: Joel was husband #2, she was married to French artist before that

        Husband #3 was the one where the relationship became sorta public after a skiing accident while she was still married to Joel and their engagement justa couple of months later. The marriage didn’t even last a year and she married Cook about a year after that (Cook adopted the son she had with Taubman, which seems pretty sketchy to me)

      • Snowangel says:

        I thought she was married to a French race car driver that died in a crash, maybe I’m thinking of another blonde model.

    • Rhiley says:

      Exactly. I had to change this crap this morning to Morning Joe: 1) Because I don’t give a damn about Christie Brinkley, 2)I don’t give a damn about Christie Brinkley. It also occured to me that all of this may be kind of fabricated by both of them to draw attention to the fact that Christie Brinkley is now appearing in Chicago on Broadway. How else would she promote that if not for her divorce. Christie Brinkley has terrible taste in men, but has used all of her relationships to promote herself.

      • atorontogal says:

        Laur was nicer to LiLo ffs. Christie may be a narcissist but she is no criminal and perhaps deserved a little nicer treatment.

      • sandra says:

        YEah, what was up with the way Lauer treated her? He lets Parasite Hilton, Blohan and those idiots off with a puff interview and then interrogates Christie like she just sold nuclear arms to Iran …. what’s up with that? They are probably both idiots but any man sleeping with and taping his encounter with an 18 yo ranks as the bigger douche. Just my opinion. This whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth. Sorry I watched.

      • Becky1 says:

        Yeah-Matt Lauer was way over the top. I thought about how easy he was on Lindsay Lohan a few weeks ago…maybe he was overcompensating? It was ridiculous. I’m not a Christie Brinkley fan and I’m sure she has plenty of issues of her own (her ex-husband sounds like a terrible dick but I’m sure she’s not perfect either) but Matt Lauer went overboard. He annoys me.

  3. Bite me says:

    Think of the children

  4. alison8701 says:


    also, awkward public fighting is awkward. No one emerges the victor.

  5. fabgrrl says:

    I never thought I would feel pity for Christie Brinkley, but she’s just had an awful history with men!

    • Happymom says:

      Hmmmm-no one is assigning them to her. She’s choosing them-which says something about her and what kind of person she is.

    • Marjalane says:

      There’s something about someone who’s been married 4 times that makes me wonder if she might be difficult to live with as well…..

  6. kate says:

    what it is up with her face?!

    • cheri says:

      To me it looks like she had her eyes done,cheek implants and a few fillers thrown in for good measure.
      When will people learn that it doesn’t make you look younger, it makes you look like a human cartoon!

  7. k says:

    These two deserve each other.

    • Ice Bunny says:

      they DO! They each deserve the hell that they are putting the other through. They are both off-the-charts narcissistic, and always have been. This is the most “real” I have ever seen her behave.. and that is only because it is a situation that has spun out of her control, and she is forced to do damage control to save face. (too late darlin’.. we were on to you a lonnnnng time ago). She is normally so full of herself that she is literally blind to who or what is going on around her. She may have received the gift of being born pretty, but the character she developed on the inside is NOT – so to me she is ugly, personified.

  8. cheri says:

    Are you fricking KIDDING ME?! He ONLY PAYS $1200 a month for TWO kids?! My husband paid that for ONE child and he doesnt even make 6 figures!!!! WTH!!
    They are BOTH narcissists and should both go away!

    • Jayna says:

      They share custody. She is worth a thousand times more than him. So why is he paying her at all if he has half custody?

      • Kristen says:

        Are you serious??? She has primary custody of the kids, NOT joint custody with her ex. Are you actually suggesting that he doesn’t have any financial obligations to his children simply because she’s worth more money than him? That’s beyond ridiculous. And $1200 per month is NOTHING. Maybe you don’t realize this, but Peter Cook is a millionaire in his own right. He is a hugely successfuly architect and has had a highly lucrative career. That $300,000 worth of hush money he paid to his mistress was his own money, and believe me, he has plenty more where that came from. I don’t think either of these two are saints, but I do think it speaks to her forgiving nature that she only requests $1200 per month of support, and for two childen. With everything she had on him, she could have taken every penny he had, but she didn’t.

  9. KWM says:

    She looks a little like Nicolette Sheridan now…

    As far as plastic surgery goes, hers is not the worst though..

  10. Rux says:

    Something stinks here….they should have both kept their mouths shut. Even this interview, she should not have said anything about him. I feel so sorry for their kids. Take the high road you self absorbed twit. I do feel sorry for her, I really do. Her husband was an ultra douche with extra vinegar, but the kids are more important then her heartbreak and image.

  11. Agnes says:

    how did he spend thousands a month on internet pr0n? isn’t most of it free? hahaha

  12. HotPockets says:

    A friend of mine and her husband lived up in Aspen for awhile, but she told me that Christie Brinkley would frequent the restaurant her husband was a chef at and what a pain she was. She claimed that Brinkley was mean and one of the most vacant, absorbed people she had ever met, aside from Mariah Carey, who also had a bad reputation. So who really knows, but I had completely forgot about this mess, why is it reemerging?

  13. Soporificat says:

    If indeed her ex has NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) then we should all have great pity for Christie (and her kids). People with NPD are walking nightmares. You might not get how bad it can be unless you have had to tangle with one of those f*ckers, but trust me they are poison.

    • Happymom says:

      I think they BOTH have it and I absolutely feel for their kids.

    • Greenraygirl says:

      While a woman may be vain, NPD is usually a male affliction and does indeed make life a living hell for the family.

    • Seymour Butts says:

      Just because one is narcissistic does not mean that they have full-blown narcissistic personality disorder. But you are right in that dealing with them is hell. I worked in mental health; they’re imposssible.

    • DreamyK says:

      Agreed. They are horrible. And their condition is not treatable. For psychiatric help to work, a person first needs to acknowledge that there is a problem and a narcissist will always blame someone else.

      I feel badly for the kids. And I also wonder how Alexa is doing these days?

    • midnightmoon says:

      So very. True. Have told my tale before on this list so will spare. y’all the gory deets. My take: she is a bit of an idiot where men are concerned. He dazzled her & maintained his facade long enuf entrap her. Without a clever bone in her body, she was ill equipped. And I’m sure a lifetime of modelling spoiled her regarding any ability to discern what a GOOD man is like. The whole modelling industry is full of fakes & manipulators. How would she know?

  14. Talie says:

    I’ve read that she is as kooky as Halle Berry.

    • TG says:

      And Halle Berry is an extreme narcissist as well. Why Halle not getting this diagnosis from a doctor? Also, it is so tacky to rack up a bunch of kids by different men/women. Of course you can always do like Halle and abandon any adobted kids to make room for a new life.

  15. Dusty says:

    Matt Lauer – what a jerk!

    • MA2010 says:

      I agree! Why are people calling out her when he directed the whole interview to talk about her entire life and said the kids were in a poisonous environment???!! how many divorces/family situations are out there that we don’t see with kids in poisonous environments. He is the jerk in this situation and he has done it before…he is a terrible interviewer, he tries to be cutting edge but he just ends up making people feel bad.

      • Original Lucy says:

        and how many times has Matt Lauers wife filed for divorce/left him…at least three…so I’m pretty sure his turn is coming and of course, he is going to have NO sympathy for a woman in this situation…

  16. sundaygal says:

    $600 per child? That’s IT??? What!

  17. Jessica says:

    I wish she and Billy Joel had of stayed together…. : (

  18. mel2 says:

    so sad.

  19. Nan209 says:

    He behaves like a narcissist and a sex addict. Divorcing a narcissist is incredibly hard especially if you have children. They make you pay for ever having the temerity to leave them (they also hate you for being with them – there is no winning). They are almost always prolific cheaters. They are expert at making you doubt your own reality and have NO compunction about using the kids against you. She is right – divorcing a NPD is a battle that lasts long after the actual divorce. There is no doubt that Christie attracts certain personalities most likely because she’s a got some serious co-dependency issues (which I hope she addresses).

    I’ve know a few people who have divorced NPD and one who is divorcing a psychopath (a real bastard).

  20. Chatcat says:

    I think they both have NPD. If you think one is bad, then two together and in a relationship, is like the biggest horror nightmare movie going. Having one in your life (spouse, parent, sibling, child) is exhausting even for those best equipped to recognize and deal with their disorder. I feel bad for the kids.

  21. Calli P says:

    She has some *major* drama/emotional/maturity issues.

    If he is as bad as she says, as a mother she should/would just let it all go. This would allow him to clearly demonstrate what he truly is in the court of public opinion.

    Lauer is right, she is perpetuating an enormous emotional quagmire for her children to live through, but he was definitely an aggressive dick about it. Made me wonder how it is that the subject seemed to strike such a nerve with him.

    Perhaps a little venom from his own hearth about his alleged (repeated)cheating ways…’things that make you go hmmmm…’

  22. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I watched the interview this AM before work and I thought Brinkley came across as very whiny and unsympathetic. Both she and her ex act like spoiled, bratty children. Divorces can be awful, especially when played out in the public but these two really make things worse with their behavior.

    • lw says:

      Agreed. And though she was “crying”, I never saw tears.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        YES! I was totally going to add that but I didn’t want to be too harsh. It felt like bad acting-crocodile tears. Maybe I’m being unfair but that was just the impression I got (glad to see it wasn’t just me that felt like that!).

    • bns says:

      I don’t know how Matt watched her cry with a straight face

  23. Violet says:

    I’m sympathetic to Christie; she’s entitled to be extremely angry and upset with Peter. That said, this is the father of her children so every time she trashes him, their kids wind up getting hurt.

    Both Christie and Peter need to STFU for the sake of the kids.

  24. Lexi says:

    Pot,calling Kettle!

  25. blonde on the dock says:

    I too have been married to a man with NPD. I can relate to everything Christie is going through. I think Matt Lauer was being too harsh and obviously has no understanding of what it’s like to have to deal with someone who has this affliction. They leave a path of destruction.

    • strah says:

      Any conflict with someone who has NPD is a nightmare. I don’t know anything about her, but what she said about his behavior sounded much like my own experiences with my ex who has NPD.

      Having NPD isn’t just being self-absorbed or vain, it’s a serious mental illness. Link goes to a description of NPD.

    • Vesper says:

      Perhaps Matt has more information or has been witness to the REAL Christie, versus what she portrays to the general public. It seems that she has consistently played the victim card with all of her failed marriages.

      Bottom line, she hates her ex-husband, more than she loves her children, otherwise she would keep this kind of thing private for their sakes.

      As for her imagae, what image? She hasn’t been relevant for years, and her latest gig won’t change that.

  26. Suz says:

    These people are both in their fifties (Christie is almost sixty, for heavens sake!) and they are acting like feuding teenager lovers. Quit it already and move on.

  27. Jayna says:

    Spare me. I am glad Matt called her out. After she was divorcing Billy Joel, she gave an interview and practically patted herself on the back about what a wonderful wife she had been and she was not to blame and then brought up her new guy, eventually husband number two, and how tuned he was to Alexis. Blah blah. passive agressively dissing Billy as a father. I remember being turned off by her in that interview. Then she divorces loser hubby number two and she gives a tell all interview calling him Satan right and left and bow perfect she was. Husband number three. Fine, he is a loser. But she has played the victim for far too long and she has put way too much out there. She is a princess and wants the world to know what a douchebag he is at any cost to their children. Matt called her out because he isn’t fooled by the poor me act.

    Christy is so wealthy that it is mindblowing. Move on and shut up, Christy.

    • Kimbob says:

      @Jayna….my sentiments exactly. Well said.

    • TG says:

      Like I said in an earlier comment everything I read about Christie and all the comments on her remind me exactly of Halle Berry. Are we sure these two women aren’t sisters raised by the same narcissistic parent? And I know a narcissist and he is currently serving a life sentence for murdering his wife who dared try to leave him. Of course not all narcissist turn to murder but it is a very serious issue to have to deal with someone like that.

      • Vesper says:

        Your comment is beyond irresponsible. Do u know how many people there are walking around who could be diagnosed with a personality disorder (including narcissistic personality disorder or antisocial personality disorder)?

        Personality disorders are not “disorders” in the sense of axis one disorders (scz, bipolar, PTSD..). Simply put, a personality disorder is, more or less, the way in which a person relates to the world. Some therapists consider the core of personality disorders to be problems with attachment. Equating murder to narcissism is not scientifically valid.

      • pfk says:

        Yes, like you said in an earlier comment, everything you read about Christie reminds you of how jealous you are of Halle Berry blah, blah, blah. Do you really equate Christie’s ‘narcissism’ (or Halle’s) with that of a person who would covertly tape having sex with a teenager, or one who would murder a spouse? Lol.

  28. Skylar says:

    What a jerk Matt was, give the lady a break. I think she is a kind and beautiful person. Always has been, always will be.

  29. Jackie says:

    this woman needs to STFU. does she really think going on the Today show is going to calm the situation down. it will just aggravate everything.

    so glad matt called her out. grow up!

  30. lucy2 says:

    No doubt he’s a pretty awful guy, but I think she must not be a peach either. This is her fourth divorce – at some point, shouldn’t she think maybe she has something to do with that too?
    Whatever the case, don’t air it in public. And really, her interview is the first story I’ve seen of their situation in a very long time.

  31. taxi says:

    I worked on some international shoots with Christie back in the ’80s, before she married. The woman is vain, vapid, and rude. She had a huge sense of entitlement and was anything but a congenial colleague. “Obnoxious” & “arrogant” are words often used by those who had to be around her. I was disappointed that Billy, who is at least talented, chose to marry her.

  32. Jen34 says:

    Like most stupid people, Christy has made some incredibly bad choices.

  33. Leticia says:

    I do not blame Brinkley for the behavior of her 4th husband. But I do wonder why she was on her 4th marriage.

  34. mymy says:

    oh Christie I feel for you. I have an ex narcissists. Let me tell you she is showing signs of being abused by one. Now f–ktard Matt has just given her another injury. Blame the victim is so common with this scenario. She should never have done this interview. She wants closer so bad.The courts will never do a thing about this. In fact many narcissists win in court. Because the victim looks crazy. They destroy children. She needed to go on Dr Drew he may be a douche but he would have understood the right questions to ask. And that might have comforted her. Never speak with anyone who has no clue about narcissism. He will make you crazy.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      And I find the “blaming the victim” card a pretty pathetic cop-out, especially in this scenario. A *victim* of her own poor choices, yes. We all agree that the guy is an a-shole, I’m simply calling her out for stooping to the same level as him post-divorce. She could have kept it classy and would have emerged the victor but she’s more interested in playing the same games as him. So no, sorry, *victim* of shitty marriage or not, she has to be accountable for her actions, just like he does. Whining about being trashed by your ex while turning around and doing the SAME thing is not only immature and hypocritical, it is certainly NOT in the best interest of your children. For that, Brinkley has to be accountable-she should save the over-played “Victim Card” for her fifth marriage because it’s just not holding any weight in this scenario.

  35. Li says:

    What I find interesting is how Matt calls CB out but sat there during his interview with Lindsay and let her get away with lie after obvious lie.

    • vic says:

      Probably because this is a 58 year old Mother, involving the public in her fourth divorce and crying like she’s a teenage victim.

      • Happymom says:

        Yes-I’m thinking Matt is calling her out because of her kids. Lohan is just ruining her own life.

    • Calli P says:

      I wish she had summoned the strength to redirect Lauer repeatedly to support her claim that she was there to promote Chicago.

      She could have easily done that by repeating ad infinitum, ” I don’t want to talk about this due to respect for and sensitivity to my children. Let’s talk about Chicago”

      I don’t know if she is used to being manipulated, or if she herself manipulated.

      It is all very uncomfortable.

  36. Julie says:

    i would feel with every woman who experiences something like that. but seriously if you are married four times there is something wrong with you. the guys might be aholes but she obviously wants them that way.

    that plus her avoidig to stay quiet and classy is not making me feel for her.

  37. Happy21 says:

    She still looks amazing even if she has had a doctor’s help.

    I just saw National Lampoon’s Vacation again this weekend for the first time in about 20 years and MY GOD she was beautiful. Stunning!

  38. Misspdx says:

    Wow. I know exactly what shes going through . It’s difficult to divorce man who effing makes your life and every move miserable. It’s abuse and I was married to someone vert similar .. When he cheated on me it was my fault because I was ” mean ” to him on his birthday . When I finally left him after years of verbal downgrading comments it was I not him who ” destroyed the family ” and for years after our split I would get nasty texts and emails and phone calls . Her tears are really a call for help to me in my opinion. You really can’t judge til you’ve been there. My stomach feels sick reading this article because I know how it feels .. Boo

  39. dorothy says:

    If she wants peace, why in the world does she continue to talk about all of this so publicly???

    • Kimbob says:

      @dorothy,I just watched the video provided w/this article & am totally disgusted. In answer to your question, I think Christie “enjoys” this as much as she claims her ex Peter “enjoys” this.

      My Gawd, she hardly drew one breath she was constantly talking so much. Matt would try to jump in to ask questions, & SHE WOULDN’T LET HIM because BY GOD she had a damn story to tell! She is SO WRAPPED UP in this drama. It really does not have to be this way. It takes two to make it a slugfest.

      Matt kept asking about THE CHILDREN, & he kept inserting how detrimental this is to the children…my opinion is Christie could give a shit less. IMO, she kept trying to ignore his PLEAS about their children.

      She’s not a victim by any stretch of the imagination! Husband #4 & this all-out war?! Oh HELL NO. I know their children are at least adolescents now. It’s just habit & I don’t know how else to refer to them…other than children, which being adolescent, they basically still are children. My heart BLEEDS for them (their children) truly.

  40. boredsuburbanhousewife says:

    To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to lose one husband can be chalked up to bad luck, to lose four begins to look like carelessness.

  41. Sophi says:

    With all the work she has done on herself, I bet she wishes there was a surgery for her hands. Yikes, those for sure show her age! 😉

  42. DavidBowie says:

    Pot meet Kettle. Oy.

  43. Maria says:

    oh wow, quit your whining…own that you too played a part in this by falling prey to a narcissist..blame no one…take pride in yourself…keep your mouth shut and keep this sort of thing private. When Matt asked you, you didn’t have to say anything beyond some simple info. ugh……..

  44. Shaz says:

    Matt pushed too far, and he seemed sorry. Christie is no actress, those had to be real tears.

  45. Chrissy says:

    I think he is much worse, but she has made terrible choices and talking about this again is one of them. She should have been firm with Lauer that she wasn’t going to discuss it. Plenty of celebrities do that and it would make her look better. She has poor judgment and definitely has some celebrity attitude, but he is a real creep. Shame of Barbra Walters for letting him blame Christie for his cheating! One example of how lousy Walters has gotten. I think he is probably the main one keeping this going (I get a really bad vibe from him), but she needs to keep her responses for court.

  46. CALIENTE says:

    Has anyone forgotten that this Whore CHEATED on Billy Joel with that Taubman Dude. Poor Billy thought she was in an accident when the Media exposed the Affair. Christie then left Joel for this Bum who got her pregnant andthen took a 2 million payout to give up rights to his son.

    Peter Cook was her 4th marriage and he adopted the boy. While Christie lived the perfect life with Peter, Billy Joel’s life was thorn to shreds. Christie didn’t give the man a break and any problems he had, she would show up in court demanding that they limit Joel’s rights to their daughter.

    Feel sorry for Brinkley all you want, but she is no angel. She’s a B*tch on wheels. I wouldn’t be fooled by those tears no matter how narcissistic Peter Cook is..

    • DuckyGirl says:

      Actually, she most likely has Borderline personality disorder

      • R says:

        “Cha-Ching”–We have a winner!! Ducky Girl!

        She clearly is suffering from an Axis II, Cluster B personality disorder, most likely BPD.

        She clearly suffered a huge “Rejection/abandonment” from Cook.

        Update: 6/23/12–Brinkley is now going after Cook and his new wife, making groundless allegations. She clearly is in pain, has fewer and fewer people who will suffer her rages, and is in the throes of another melt-down, and is lashing out–again.

        I feel horrible for the kids–they are being treated like Potted plants by their unstable mother.(Brinkley).
        She only wanted the kids as “Prizes” and a tool with which to hurt Cook. Note how much time they spend with him, post-divorce. If he is such a complete arse, with no redeeming qualities–then how does she justify leaving them with Cook ..on an increasing basis ? It’s more “convenient” for her…and second,
        I suspect the kids are of an age now, where they have figured out their “Momster” and can now clearly tell the Court what they want/ need —and which parent is more stable and able to provide that stability. (Cook, likely)

        Another blow to Christie’s absent self-image.

        Can you spell “Disingenuous”, Christie ?

        Call Marsha Linehan, now…get in therapy, and try to resurrect a relationship with your children, before it’s too late.

        If Cook is such a unredeeming Bastard….Brinkley must be a complete monster in comparison.

        Poor kids–orphans often get treated better. Lots of Trauma…due to Christie’s BPD.

  47. Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

    If I were afraid, or just sick to death of my ex—if I knew he was nuts and I didn’t need the money, I wouldn’t care that he didn’t pay child support. I wouldn’t care if he called me names in the tabloids. I would just be happy to be rid of him. I certainly wouldn’t take jobs that left a crazy person alone with my kids for weeks at time.

    I think christy and peter are both assholes, and like someone said above, they deserve each other.

  48. ldel says:

    they’re both narcissistic douche bags and she couldnt be a worse actress….didnt buy her boo hoo-ing for a second.

  49. Gigohead says:

    Don’t see why the producers felt this story merited to be on the first hour of Today Show with other topics worth discussing. Who cares!!

  50. sup says:

    I feel so sorry for her. Her ex seemed like such a decent guy years ago. Whatever happens I’m team Christie. She just wants to be left alone.

  51. Kosmos says:

    I cannot imagine her being much of an actress. Don’t know if she’s a narcissist or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised. I hated that he cheated on her, however. He deserved all the bad karma that came his way after his bad judgment. I think couples should have the guts to call it quits rather than cheat. She’s probably a handful, too, and she has definitely gone through a lot of relationships. Beauty on the outside does not equate to being emotionally healthy.

  52. Anon73 says:

    @Celebitchy : sorry correction on the marriages. Billy Joel is Brinkeley’s 2nd marriage. Before,she was married to a Frenchman.

  53. Lauren says:

    Christie is not an angel herself, but what Peter Cook did was disgusting. The children must be so mixed up after all this mess..Alexa seems to be the most affected. Christie, stop marrying–and pay attention to your children!

  54. Minty says:

    If what Lainey wrote is true, Matt Lauer has some nerve attacking Christie in that interview:

    Lainey later revealed that Matt was the chronic cheater in the blind item. He cheated on his wife with Natalie Morales, his Today Show co-anchor. So, he self-righteously expressed concern for Christie’s children. Well, what about his own? Hypocrite. He was aggressive with her but he kissed Lohan’s ass. Really? He’s lost credibility as an impartial reporter.

    I’m not surprised Christie has 4 failed marriages. She is the child of wealthy parents and was a top model. She has never struggled financially, so I can believe the stories that she acts entitled. Considering she came from a spoiled and sheltered background and was catered to because of her looks, she never became a shrewd judge of character. Maybe she never developed any depth. And beautiful women always attract jerks and sociopaths.

    Of course she’s made stupid mistakes and cheating on Billy Joel was wrong, but I have more sympathy for her than for her toxic 4th husband.

    • Stellax2 says:

      I actually happened to see this interview in real time.
      There have been many comments about Lauer’s behavior. I wonder if he doesn’t run with the Hampton crowd and has some type of personal grudge.
      Brinkley has not been a role model from a serial marriage viewpoint. I remember when she ran around on Joel with hubby #3.

      • Anon73 says:

        re: Lauer and Hamptons crowd, he does. He is always in the local Hampton papers and mags at various sheeshy events.

  55. Kate says:

    I’m writing this essay because, for the past 30 years, Christie Brinkley has appeared in print, publicizing the problems she’s having with her latest ex-husband. The problems consistently have two of the same issues: money and children.

    Brinkley’s first divorce, no problem. During her second divorce, from Billy Joel, a pattern emerged. During the marriage, CB pushed Joel to publicly sue business partners over money; Joel was quoted (perhaps in RS) saying that Christie had wanted the lawsuit on his behalf to protect him from bad management.

    Later, Brinkley appeared on the cover of People holding her bandaged arm, to show how badly she’d been injured in the helicopter accident that revealed her affair with her soon-to-be third husband, Rick Taubman. Some time later, Joel had a DWI. Brinkley took her camera and, apparently, a photographer from People, to document the evidence of Joel’s wreck. No doubt that was one way to protect her daughter with Joel from possible harm, but also deliberately planned and publicly shaming.

    Christie quickly divorced Taubman, *again* amidst money issues wherein CB claimed he hadn’t repaid a loan she had made to him. More significantly, IMO, Christie fought publicly to have Taubman give up his parental rights to their infant son. Should the son choose, later in life, to try to know his biological father, Brinkley’s public demonizing of Taubman (“I went to hell”) is shortsighted at best.

    Soon after giving interviews featuring beautiful pictures of her new house and child, and saying that she would not be remarrying anytime soon, Brinkley was with her fourth husband, Peter Cook. Out of the many articles that appeared in the NY Daily News about that divorce, the one I remember most details Brinkley’s actions prior to the scandal breaking: She called a reporter friend to join her in searching Cook’s belongings to find dirt on him. Then she publicized the dirt, which created the scandal.

    IMO, not actions in keeping with her children’s long-term best interests.

    • pfk says:

      I’m pretty sure the teenaged mistress’s parents are the ones who found the dirt that ‘created’ the scandal concerning Cook and their daughter. I remember feeling mortified for Christie.

      Oh, and Brinkley had already left Joel before she was in that helicopter accident, so any ‘affair’ revealed because of it is a moot point.

  56. lori says:

    Poor Matty, what happened did Christie turn you down years ago, or is she too much like your wife who one day will finally get the courage to leave your own Narcissistic ass. Matt was the wrong person to give this interview to. Her PR team screwed up. Matt’s egp is too huge for him to imagine anyone wanting to leave one of his friends. And yes, Peter is very wealthy, so rich that he bought a toy store in the Hamptons and installed his teenage lover (she was 17 when it first started) as the cashier, even though she had no previous experience, then he would go to “check on the store” and screw her in the back room. This went on for more than a year until her parents found out. He acted horribly toward the girl and blamed her and her parents for trying to “ruin his life” he is a whiny cowardly pedophile.

  57. Cirque28 says:

    Just because CB has been married 4 times and exhibits poor judgement and immaturity, that doesn’t mean Peter Cook is not targeting and harassing the mother of his children. If anything, it makes it more likely. Even if you judge him solely by the facts that are on the record, Cook is clearly a pig.

  58. Brandon Nicholas says:

    Adding my 2 cents to the general consencus that Christie has her own issues to face. Four sour marriages, Alexa is hardly healthy emotionally, and I am concerned for the younger kids. Bad PR move Christie. Please evaluate why you felt compelled to bring this back into the public eye. We often accuse others of being what we dislike in ourselves….narcissist much?

  59. Janet says:

    Matt Lauer needs to leave the Today show. Wonder why all his woman co- hosts leave? He’s a compassioless arrogant woman hating jerk. I enjoy the Today show but have had to flip channels too often because his interviews are sickening. NBC its time to replace him.

  60. Janet says:

    Matt Lauer should leave the Today show. Wonder why all his woman co- hosts leave? He’s a compassioless arrogant woman hating jerk. I enjoy the Today show but have had to flip channels too often because his interviews are sickening. NBC its time to replace him.

  61. DrM says:

    Matt Lauer is a prick! he had no intention of taking about Chicago…what a dick…

    I have never been a huge Christie Brinkley fan but Peter Cook is a reprehensible human being. Team Christie…she looked really upset and unhappy…this is textbook abusive behavior on the part of her ex husband..