In a rare outburst on social media, Brinkley, 62, said only “distance and work” stood in the way of their relationship.
Mellencamp, 64, lives in Seymour, Indiana, while Brinkley lives full-time in Long Island’s tony Hamptons.
The commuting distance is roughly 720 miles, or 11 hours, by car via Interstate Rte. 70. (Not that she, or he, would drive.)
The couple began dating last September; a rep confirmed their breakup on Tuesday (Aug. 1).
“Both the mileage between their homes and their heavy career demands interfered with their ability to maintain the relationship,” a rep for both Brinkley and Mellencamp told People. “They vowed to remain best of friends.”
But NY Post “Page Six” wag Richard Johnson came up with a different spin.
“Politics and manners were the real reasons the couple called it quits,” he wrote.
“Christie Brinkley had to part with John Mellencamp because she couldn’t take his hellbent political opinions and his redneck ways, he wrote, quoting, as usual, an unnamed source.
According to the source:
“If you know John, you know he doesn’t do well at social gatherings and at tables filled with nice folks, particularly the Hamptons set. He shoots straight from the hip. She may have liked that he’s a cowboy, but in the end that’s what drove her away.”
Johnson tried to portray Mellencamp as a “right-winger” politically, but nothing could be further from the truth.
The folksy singer is pro-choice, anti-war and is backing Democrat Hillary Clinton in the election.
“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,” Brinkley wrote.
Brinkley is also supporting Clinton and was a convention delegate for Al Gore in the 2000 election.
“As to the problem JOHN and I faced it’s just Mileage. Pure and simple. Not that exciting or salacious, sorry,” she added.
Johnson claimed the “Little Pink Houses” doesn’t like the Hamptons. “That is not his scene.”
But in an afterword, Christie noted, “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.”
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