Christie Brinkley Breaks Down on ‘Today’ Over Ongoing Divorce Battle

by | March 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM | The Today Show

Christie Brinkley on Today (NBC)

There were tears on “Today” Tuesday morning, but not the happy kind.

Matt Lauer interviewed Christie Brinkley, and besides getting her to discuss her soon-to-be debut in the Broadway musical “Chicago,” Lauer probed into her ongoing nasty battle with ex Peter Cook, whom she divorced in 2008.

When Matt asked how the two could battle out their issues so publicly in front of their three children they’ve parented together—Jack Paris, Sailor Lee, and eldest daughter Alexa Ray Joel — the former supermodel was ready to respond.

“This is my first time on TV. This is my first time. I want to stress that,” she said emphatically. “I have never gone on a TV show. Peter went on Barbara Walters, he went on Geraldo Riviera…he went on ‘Good Morning America.’ So let’s ask him why he is doing that.”

She went on to say that she’s tried to abide by the court’s rules but that Peter has continued to violate their confidentiality agreement they were to uphold in their divorce.

For a quick background on their ugly divorce, check out the video below:

“He continues to contact me, and that’s the problem. I quietly asked the judge, ‘Please, make this stop. Protect my right to peace. I just want peace for my family,’” she said fighting back tears. “I just want peace.”

Although it seems Matt Lauer was sympathetic to Christie’s tears, “Today’s” fourth-hour host Kathie Lee Gifford wasn’t so much.

“Most marriages go through tough times…and I’ve been through it personally myself,” she said, most likely referencing hubby Frank Gifford’s cheating scandal in 1997. “When you have children, you give up certain rights as a parent. You have to postpone your pain for awhile and deal with the children because little people do not deserve big people problems.”

She concluded that Christie needs to grow up and not let the media frenzy affect her. “For goodness sake, the best thing you can do is keep your mouth shut and be there for your children and create an environment for them that is not toxic,” she said.

Watch Christie defend herself and break down: