A source close to Christie Brinkley revealed that the model is upset that she had to step down from the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars. The 65-year-old model suffered a “freak accident” and broke her arm during rehearsals last week. A source told People, “Of course she is devastated. She was really loving this experience, having a fantastic time and she was doing great learning the routine. Literally what happened was a freak accident that required major surgery. She’s been working so hard and loving it, and for this to happen just a couple days before? It’s awful.”
Christie's 21-year-old daughter Sailor has taken her place in the competition.
In an interview with the magazine, Brinkley relived the accident. Through tears, she said, “The second I landed, I felt the shards in my arm. Like, I literally felt it in my wrist, and I just instantly looked up and said, ‘I’m so sorry, I broke my arm.'”
She added, “There’s a little bone at the thumb that usually posts one way,” she added. “Mine was in the opposite direction. Then there was bone, just it, it was just shattered into a thousand little pieces, just a million of little pieces.”
In a statement issued to GMA, Brinkley joked, “Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on Dancing with the Stars this season. Sailor joined the cast when I got mine … ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh!”
Season 28 of Dancing with the Stars premiered last night (September 16th) on ABC.