In the early years of her career, much of Christie Brinkley‘s life was consumed by her status as one of the world’s hottest supermodels. These days, however, the beloved star has a passion for being the best mom to her three kids: Alexa Ray Joel, Jack Brinkley Cook and Sailor Brinkley-Cook.
After being married to French artist Jean-François Allaux from 1973 to 1981 — they didn’t have any children during their relationship — the actress tied the knot with legendary singer Billy Joel in 1985. The former couple welcomed their first and only daughter, Alexa Ray, that same year. However, the duo called it quits less than a decade following their nuptials.
Not long after Christie and Billie’s divorce was finalized, the Dancing With the Stars alum said “I do” to real estate developer Richard Taubman in 1994. Though it was a quick romance, the duo welcomed their son, Jack, in 1995 before going their separate ways shortly after.
A fourth marriage came in 1996, when Christie and architect Peter Cook tied the knot. They welcomed their daughter, Sailor Lee, in 1998. Sadly, the National Lampoon’s Vacation alum’s fourth marriage also came to an end in 2008.
Although she’s living the single life nowadays, Christie couldn’t be more thrilled to have her three kids by her side. In fact, the Vegas Vacation actress has always taken pride in being a mother to her children. Christie’s youngest daughter, Sailor, even dished some words of wisdom she received from her famous mom.
“She’s mostly just told me to smile — that’s like her No. 1 advice, especially for confidence — to, you know, ‘smile and you’ll feel it,’” the up-and-coming model exclusively gushed to Closer in July 2019. “I honestly believe that too.”
Sailor noted she didn’t always take her mom’s advice to heart, though. “When I was younger, I’d be like, ‘No, that’s so stupid! Smiling doesn’t make you happy,’” she explained. “But if you just put a smile on your face and put your best foot forward, it’s easier. It’s easier to get through all of the bad stuff.”
To learn more about Christie’s blended brood, keep scrolling to meet Alexa, Jack and Sailor!
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