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Christie Brinkley has done her best to keep her private affairs private, but her ex-husband Peter Cook has repeatedly vilified her in the media and discussed their messy 2008 divorce in public. Finally, Brinkley has had enough.
After four years of silence, the 58-year-old supermodel and actress appeared on the Today show Tuesday morning to discuss her difficult divorce. Watch the interview below.
"Since the day that he realized that I wasn't 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," Brinkley explained to Matt Lauer. "I had offers for a sympathetic show from Oprah, Jeff Zucker offered me an hour on primetime. Everybody asked me to come on. I did not want to do it."
But even though she declined interview offers, her 53-year-old ex didn't.
"I have never gone on a TV show. Peter went on Barbara Walters, he went on Geraldo Rivera, he went back on Geraldo Rivera, he went on Good Morning America," she said. "So let's ask him, why is he doing that?"
So what prompted Brinkley's sudden change of heart? Brinkley will start promoting her stint in the Broadway musical Chicago in a couple of weeks, and she says she's sick of everyone asking her about her divorce from four years ago.
"I have never taken part in name calling. The only thing that I have ever said, after my second trial... I simply said, as a public service, 'Google divorcing a narcissist.' Because I'm not alone. I've gotten hundreds of letters from women that are going through this," Brinkley said. "It's not easy."
This, Brinkley insisted, is her way of putting her feelings out in the open and saying she just wants to be left alone.
"He continues to contact me, and that's the problem," she lamented, breaking down on camera. "I just want peace for my family. 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."