Christie Brinkley has had her fair share of divorces (four) in the public eye, which is why she’s “leery” of discussing her current relationship with boyfriend John Mellencamp.
“I feel like I was so dragged through the press, [I don’t want that again].” Brinkley, who first stepped out with Mellencamp in September, went through a messy and bitter divorce from her fourth husband, Peter Cook, in 2008.
In 2012, the blonde broke down during a show interview, explaining that her ex tried to sabotage her character and that “every time I have any joy or any kind of success in anything, he has to try to destroy it.” PHOTOS: Celebs who love models For now, her relationship with Mellencamp, is budding.
But Brinkely does want the musician to quit one bad habit.
“He has to [stop smoking],” she agreed with longtime friend Stern.
“He has to stop smoking and the amazing thing about the body is it will heal…even after all those years of abuse.” Prior to marrying Cook, Brinkely was married to another music legend, Billy Joel (from 1985 to 1994), plus real estate developer Richard Taubman (1994 to 1995), and artist Francois Allaux (1973 to 1981).
PHOTOS: Recent celebrity splits Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics, and more delivered straight to your inbox!Model Christie Brinkley arrives at the premiere of Ides of March in New York October 5.Brinkley, 61, and John Mellencamp, who just turned 64, were recently spied departing an Upper East Side Italian restaurant on Saturday night holding hands.Check it out: Rocker John Mellencamp, who turns 64 today (Wednesday), is dating eternally swimsuit-worthy supermodel Christie Brinkley, 61.The couple were spied departing an Upper East Side Italian restaurant on Saturday night holding hands because, after all, everyone needs a hand to hold on to.The relationship has apparently advanced from minutes to memories in swift fashion.