Donald Trump didn’t let marriage stop him from “chasing skirts,” according to Christie Brinkley.
In a new interview with Porter, the model and actress talked about an incident more than two decades ago when Trump tried to get her to join him on his private jet despite being married to Ivana Trump at the time.
Brinkley was staying at the Plaza Hotel in New York when she received Trump’s invitation.
“My phone rings and this guy goes, ‘Hey, Christie, it’s The Donald.’ I say ‘Hi, Billy,’ because I was dating Billy [Joel] at the time,” Brinkley told Porter in the interview, People reported. “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,’” Brinkley recalled. “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.”
That wasn’t the only time Brinkley interacted with Trump.
“I’ve had dinner with him,” she explained. “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 was married to Ivana until the early 1990s before leaving her for Marla Maples with whom he’d had an affair. The two later divorced and Trump married Melania in 2005.