Sag Harbor supermodel Christie Brinkley says that a “flirty” Donald Trump asked her to join him on his private jet while he was married to his first wife.
In the new issue of the fashion magazine Porter, Brinkley, 64, recalled an occasion during real-estate developer Trump’s 1977 to 1992 marriage to Ivana Trump, and before Brinkley’s own 1985 marriage to music star Billy Joel.
As London’s Sunday Times reported the interview, which does not appear online, Brinkley said, “One day I was at the Plaza Hotel. My phone rings and this guy goes, ‘Hey, Christie, it’s The Donald.’ I say, ‘Hi, Billy,’ because I was dating Billy at the time,” and believed Joel was kidding her. “But the voice goes, ‘No, no. It’s The Donald!’ So I say, ‘What’s up?’ And he says, ‘I hear you’re leaving for Aspen tomorrow. I am, too. I’d like to give you a ride on my private jet.’
“So I reply, ‘Thank you, but I have already arranged my flights.’ ‘So cancel them!’ was his response, and I say, ‘No, thank you. I’m going with friends.’ I knew he was married, and there he was asking me to go on his plane. He was kind of flirty about it. He was out chasing skirts.”
She went on to say, “I’ve had dinner with him. I’ve always found him smarmy, as in, ‘Watch out, part the waves, the rich people are coming, everything is gold, solid 24-karat gold, the best, the greatest, nobody else has more gold on anything in their house than me. Did you bring a brush? Let’s gold-leaf it!’ ”
Trump, 71, and Ivana Trump divorced following his affair with then-model Marla Maples, whom he then married in 1993. They in turn divorced in 1999. He married model Melania Knauss in 2005. Before Joel, Brinkley was married to French illustrator Jean-Francois Allaux, and later to real-estate developer Richard Taubman and to architect Peter Cook. Each marriage ended in divorce.
The White House has not commented publicly on the interview.