Christie Brinkley has shared photos of her broken arm after talk show host Wendy Williams had doubted the injury that forced the supermodel off Dancing with the Stars. The star's daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook, also a model, took her place on the ABC reality show. Williams recently snapped on her talk show that Brinkley's injury "looked fake as hell." "In my opinion, I think what Christie did was she signed up for 'Dancing with the Stars’ knowing that she’d put her daughter Sailor in there," Williams, 55, added.
The supermodel, 65, is now fighting back. She took to Instagram on Friday, September 27, to post a series of three photos that showed her badly bruised arm and lying in a hospital bed with a cast around it. "It goes against my better judgement to acknowledge haters and conspiracy theorists but because this involves my precious daughter I’m setting the record straight," Brinkley captioned her social media post. "It’s sad that we live in a time where the truth is not as scintillating as hurtful lies."
She continued: "If it was just me I would have let this roll right off my back, but on #nationaldaughtersday I feel it’s the perfect opportunity to stand up for truth." Brinkley praised Sailor, 21, who stepped in to take her DWTS spot at the last minute. "Thank you for being such an amazing daughter @sailorbrinkleycook for overcoming your fears to step in I’m so proud of you!" Brinkley wrote. She also joked, "But I STILL want my favorite jeans back!"
Brinkley has insisted that she was unable to compete. Thursday on The Talk, the star said she was shocked by Williams' remark. She said, "Wendy Williams started this rumor, which was stunning to me because I've been on Wendy's show a few times. For some reason, she liked me, and she would call on me to support her in tough times. "So, I got a call one day that she was having a terrible bout of stage fright, and she was about to drop out of 'Chicago The Musical,' and I'd come over and talk to her. I was like, 'You will never meet a more supportive and loving cast. You will love this experience and you will regret it if you don't do it.' "I was there for her. Then, she goes through a divorce; I get a call again because let's face it, I'm kind of an expert in that," said Brinkley, a four-time divorcee.
"I came again ... and so I thought it was a mistake when somebody said she was doing this." "My message to Wendy is: It’s so much more fun to be kind. Try it," Brinkley said. "It can't feel good to try to hurt other people. If it feels good, something's seriously wrong." Brinkley has said that her bones were "shattered" in a DWTS rehearsal. A video clip released by the show revealed the model stumbling against her partner Val Chmerkovskiy's foot and falling to the floor, breaking her arm.
ABC confirmed in a statement, “While rehearsing for the premiere… Christie Brinkley suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm. She is unable to continue her planned participation on the show. Keeping it all in the family, her daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook, a Sports Illustrated model, has chosen to quickly step in with hours to learn the entire routine and will compete in her mother’s place for the remainder of the season."
So far, Sailor has delivered solid routines with Chmerkovskiy on DWTS.