Christie Brinkley came to the defense of John Mellencamp after tabloids declared their recent split was due to his "redneck ways," and over the weekend, the 62-year-old supermodel opened up to ET about why she stood up for her ex in her first interview since the breakup.
"I just think that in today's world, with everything we see going on and all of that, it's really important to stress kindness," Brinkley told ET at East Hampton Library's 12th Annual "Author's Night." "I think we start in our own homes and our own circles and if you see a friend that's not being treated fairly, you stick up for your friends."
After breaking up with the 64-year-old "Jack & Diane" singer, a tabloid report last week claimed that political and lifestyle differences caused a rift between the two. Brinkley quickly took to Instagram to set the record straight.
"While much has been written over the years about me that I simply allow to roll off my back... I do stand up for my friends when things seem unfair and this is the case here," Brinkley posted. "Distance and work were all that stood in the way of our relationship."
While much has been written over the years about me that I simply allow to roll off my back... I do stand up for my friends when things seem unfair and this is the case here... On the heels of a mutual statement made due to pressure from media outlets regarding the status of our relationship, John Mellencamp and i which clearly explained, that "distance and work"were all that stood in the way of our relationship...then comes along this convoluted article which cherry picks lyrics from a Mellencamp song ,Peaceful World, (which was written right before we went to war w Iraq )...and another more obscure song, The West End , which is about Seymour Indiana and how big box stores have ruined the small towns ..and somehow Richard Johnson extrapolates from these old lyrics that John is against progressive Democratic politics and somehow sounds like a "Trump fan ", and that "hell-bent political opinions and redneck ways" were the reasons we parted. John and I are actually both patriotic Americans who do our fair share of working to bring Americans together John primarily thru his work with Farm Aid and thru his music , which by the way he just gave Hilary Clinton his song for her campaign "Our Country". I was a delegate from the 1st congressional district of NY for Al Gore and have been on the campaign trails speaking out on behalf of our environmental health and nuclear disarmament. We both believe that we stand a better chance of overcoming the problems America faces when Americans of every race religion ethnicity , gender, black lives ,blue lives, come together in mutual respect and love and that's why we are both voting for Hillary. As to the problem JOHN and I faced it's just Mileage. Pure and simple. Not that exciting or salacious, sorry. PS John has more friends and invitations to sit at fancy tables in the Hamptons than I do, and in that setting he's very funny and charming. #nypost @nypost @pagesix #pagesix #richardjohnson #truth
On Aug. 9, a rep for both Brinkley and Mellencamp told ET "they vowed to remain best of friends."
Before the split, the former couple had been dating since last year. A source confirmed to ET in September 2015 that Brinkley and Mellencamp were an item following a sighting of the two on a dinner date at the Bowery Hotel in New York City.
"John and I are dating," Brinkley told ET in November while promoting her book, Timeless Beauty. "We're having a good time, and it's fun."
Since it appears the two continue to be close, Brinkley addressed the possibility of her and Mellencamp reuniting in the future.
"You never know," Brinkley said. "Good friendship is the basis for everything, right?"
Watch the video below for more on the split.