- Christie Brinkley is the iconic California surfer girl supermodel made famous in the 80s
- Her acting credits include the original ‘Vacation’ in 1983 opposite Chevy Chase
- She’s been married four times, including once to Grammy winner Billy Joel
Christie Brinkley celebrated another birthday on February 2, and the supermodel has never looked better! It’s obvious the OG California girl, born in 1954, has been enjoying the good life in her later years — just take a look at her fabulous existence on Instagram! Sun, surf, and her three children — Alexa Ray, Jack and Sailor — are all part of it too. Eagle-eyed fans, however, will notice Christie hasn’t posted with a romantic partner recently, which is A-Okay in the icon’s book, as she revealed dating isn’t always the easiest at a certain age.
“It’s not that easy to meet people,” she told UsWeekly. “When you’re younger, you assume nobody’s married yet. But now you assume that everybody is married, so it’s hard to actually meet people.”
Even if she were to meet someone special, it sounds like she’s not looking to get hitched any time soon. “I don’t really see a reason for marriage,” she said to the outlet. “Maybe there’s tax advantages or inheritance advantages or hospital advantages. But I always thought of doing it to have kids. And since I’m not having any more kids, why complicate things?”
Of course, this view on matrimony comes after Christie said “I do” four times throughout her life! Keep reading to find out what influenced her latest take on marriage, as we meet her husbands, below!
Christie was only 19 years old when she headed off to Paris to study art. While there in1973, she met and married French artist Jean-François Allaux. For such a young couple, they defied odds and stayed together for almost 8 years! The artist retired in 2019 from his position as Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, according to the school’s website.
Far and away, Christie’s most famous marriage was to pop rock icon Billy Joel. The pair had met in 1983 while they were both vacationing in St. Bart’s among the glitterati. With so much star power on the Caribbean island, the “Piano Man” hitmaker had to stand out and so he did by posing like his own album cover. “I tried to look like me on an album cover. I gave it every angle I could,” he told Rolling Stone in 1986. He said he then began to tickle the ivories. “The music was the key to the introduction,” he added. “She sat down and started singing, too.”
By the spring of 1994, Christie and Billy Joel had split. “Just because people can express themselves through their art doesn’t mean they are great communicators in person,” Christie said at the time, in a cryptic statement.
The Grammy winner would go on to marry Katie Lee in 2004, only to divorce six years later. In 2015, he wed equestrian Alexis Roderick, with whom he shares daughters Della, and Remy.
Christie and real estate developer Richard Taubman had an eyebrow-raising start to their romance. The pair had survived a helicopter crash together in Telluride in April 1994. By May, Richard proposed. By the way, she was still married to Billy Joel! However, Christie and Billy broke up around that time, allowing her and Richard to skip off into marital bliss and welcome son Jack in 1995. The marriage was quite brief, as they split a year later.
Only a year after saying goodbye to Richard, Christie was engaged to architect Peter Cook, whom she had met when she first started modeling. Peter would go on to adopt Jack, giving him the surname Brinkley-Cook. Jack soon had a half-sister when Christie and Peter welcomed Sailor on July 2, 1998.
However, the couple split after 10 years of marriage in 2006, after Peter reportedly engaged in an extramarital affair with an 18-year-old assistant. During the divorce trial, allegations that he was also addicted to porn were also presented. “My hope is that the world will see that I’m not the scumbag pervert that I’ve been painted to be,” he told Barbara Walters in 2008, per NBC Washington. “I was seeking a connection I could not find in my own marriage,” he added.
The last we heard of Peter, he had popped the question to his girlfriend Alba Jancou, who is almost 40 years his junior, in 2019. “SHE SAID YES! 🍾🥂❤️,” he captioned photos of the proposal in Greece on his Instagram. “‘I love her and that’s the beginning and the end of everything’ ❤️❤️❤️.”