Christie Brinkley Leaves Hospital Following Surgery

NEW YORK (March 2, 2007) — Christie Brinkley has left a Manhattan hospital following back surgery a representative for the star confirmed to Access Hollywood.?She is heading home and is looking forward to being back on her feet again soon,? the rep said.Brinkley was recuperating this week in an undisclosed hospital after undergoing surgery for a back injury which occurred during a recent ski trip.

Her publicist Marcia Horowitz released the following statement to Access Hollywood following Brinkley?s procedure earlier this week.

“The surgery was successful and she will be out of the hospital Friday. Her biggest disappointment was not for herself but for missing her daughter Alexa Ray Joel’s performance . . . at the Mercury Lounge and the pre-concert supper party she was set to host in Alexa’s honor. As Christie noted right before the surgery, I would break my back to help my daughter but I didn’t mean it literally.”

Alexa Ray Joel added, “I wish that my mom could be there for the show but the most important thing right now is for her to get well so she can continue to keep up with her kids active schedule as well as her own. I love having her at my shows; she is my best friend in the world. I am delighted that my godfather, Ron Delsener, will now host the party.”

Brinkley hurt her back during a ski trip in Aspen, CO, in December “and (it) worsened in the past few days,” Horowitz said.

Last year, Brinkley was the subject of tabloid fodder after reports surfaced that her fourth husband, Peter Cook, had an affair with an 18-year-old woman he employed. Brinkley filed for divorce in September.

The 53-year-old supermodel, who has frequently appeared in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue, was previously married to developer Richard Taubman, Frenchman Jean-Francois Allaux and singer Billy Joel. She has three children.

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