Christie Brinkley: Politics didn’t play role in John Mellencamp split

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Christie Brinkley is setting the record straight on her recent split from John Mellencamp.

The 62-year-old model denied she and the 64-year-old singer broke up due to his “hellbent political opinions” and “redneck ways” in an Instagram post Thursday.

“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 prefaced.

“John and I are actually both patriotic Americans who do our fair share of working to bring Americans together,” she said. “This convoluted article … [suggests] that John is against progressive Democratic politics and somehow sounds like ‘a Trump fan.'”

“John Mellencamp and I … clearly explained that ‘distance and work’ were all that stood in the way of our relationship,” the star asserted. “The problem John and I faced is just mileage. Pure and simple. Not that exciting or salacious, sorry.”

Page Six had cited Mellencamp’s “political opinions” and “redneck ways” in an article about the split Wednesday. The piece appeared to suggest the singer is right-leaning by quoting lyrics from his songs “Peaceful World” and “The West End.”

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

A photo posted by Christie Brinkley (@christiebrinkley) on Aug 11, 2016 at 12:07pm PDT

Brinkley and Mellencamp confirmed their split this week after a year of dating. A rep said that “the mileage between their homes and their heavy career demands interfered with their ability to maintain the relationship.”



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