Supermodel Christie Brinkley has had a tough year. She’s been through a very long divorce with her ex-husband, chef Peter Cook; nursed her daughter, through an overdose, and she’s also had to deal with her ill father, who suffers from both Parkinson’s and scoliosis.
In an in-depth profile for Ladies Home Journal, Christie is described as “deeply devoted to her family.” The piece reveals details of the night Christie called her daughter Alexa’s cell phone and was instead greeted by one of Alexa’s girlfriends, who told her that she and Alexa were en route to a hospital. Her strategy for helping Alexa through the pain of her was to listen. “Your job as a parent is to listen,” she continues. “And to dole out as much love as you can. That includes tough love.”
Despite the pain of her life recently, Christie still feels blessed. Her key to a positive attitude is to keep things in perspective. She says, “I am happy. I’ve dealt with a lot of stress and drama and trials and tribulations. But there are people who wake up with no legs or no eyesight. Everyone is faced with their circumstances. You try to appreciate what you have.”