Even though Christie Brinkley may look young, she’s lived quite the life. The supermodel was married four times to her ex-husbands, Peter Cook, Richard Taubman, Billy Joel and Jean-François Allaux, and she hasn’t stopped looking for love.
In fact, Christie once said she would put her “busy” life aside if she ever found the right guy. “I’d slow it down a little if the right person came along,” the Broadway star told Entertainment Tonight in July 2017, while adding she’s still single. But in 1973, Christie’s love life picked up when she got married for the first time to French artist Jean-François at age 19.
The pair got divorced in 1981 after eight years together, and they didn’t welcome any children during their marriage. Christie went on to marry her second husband, Billy, in 1985. The “Uptown Girl” singer gave birth to the couple’s first and only child together, daughter Alexa Ray Joel, in December 1985 of that year.
“Many years after our divorce, Billy would still come to my house for the Christmas singalong and play the piano, and all our friends would come over and sing Christmas carols,” she previously told Social Life Magazine about their close relationship today. “Singalongs are one of my favorite things to do. And you know that’s what makes everybody happy.”
After Christie and Billy divorced in August 1994, she found love again with Richard. Christie and Richard tied the knot in December 1994 and Christie gave birth to her second child, Jack Paris Brinkley Cook, in June 1995. But when Jack was two months old, Christie and Richard divorced. She married her fourth husband, Peter, in 1996 and Peter adopted Jack, who then took on the surname Brinkley-Cook. It wasn’t until July 1998 that Christie had her last child, model Sailor Brinkley-Cook. But even though she and Peter stayed together for 12 years, they sadly couldn’t make it work.
“It’s not that easy to meet people,” the Dancing With the Stars alum previously explained to Us Weekly about why she’s still single. “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.”
Although the Parks and Recreation star hasn’t found her true love yet, she does admit “it’s fun” to date around. “I don’t really see a reason for marriage,” Christie said. “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?”
This mom of three is an independent woman who loves her life just the way it is.
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