Christie Brinkley looks ahead to her 67th birthday: 'I never felt as old as the number'

Elise Solé
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Christie Brinkley doesn’t mind turning 67, as she feels (and looks) ageless.

The supermodel, whose Feb. 2 birthday is right around the corner, sounded off on aging after experiencing health problems and quarantine. “In 8 days, it’s going to be Groundhogs Day! And I’ll be turning 50 for the 17th time! lol!” Brinkley joked in a Monday Instagram post, sharing a photo of herself wearing a baby blue sports bra and leggings.

Christie Brinkley says a slew of medical procedures hindered her healthy lifestyle. (Photo: Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
Christie Brinkley says a slew of medical procedures hindered her healthy lifestyle. (Photo: Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

“I love birthdays! I just don’t like the numbers so I pretty much ignore them, I never felt as old as the number anyway ...until this year,” she said. “After my very nasty break of my right arm and the frozen shoulder it gave me I couldn’t do downward dogs, planks, push ups, and at the other end my hip was getting worse with each passing year and long bike rides left me limping...I started to feel limited! Restricted! Dare I say... old!”

In September 2019, while rehearsing for the Season 28 premiere of Dancing With the Stars with pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Brinkley stumbled and landed on her arm. “The second I landed, I felt the shards in my arm,” Brinkley told People following the incident. “Like, I literally felt it in my wrist, and I just instantly looked up and said, ‘I’m so sorry, I broke my arm.'”

She added, “There’s a little bone at the thumb that usually posts one way. Mine was in the opposite direction. Then there was bone, just it, it was just shattered into a thousand little pieces, just a million of little pieces.” Unable to participate in the popular television competition, she was replaced by her 22-year-old daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook.

“I just couldn’t get enough vigorous exercise, and with quarantine came banana breads and the inevitable extra pounds,” Brinkley wrote in her post. “I must add I felt overwhelmed by the number of injuries I was dealing with (I’ve been very adventurous! Ouch!) but I realized I just needed to start with one thing and keep moving forward.”

After her fall, Brinkley had multiple surgeries, including platelet-rich plasma injections, a therapy that may decrease inflammation. And this month, she had hip surgery related to a 1994 helicopter crash during a Colorado ski trip with friends. As reported that year by the Associated Press, the group was trapped on a mountaintop for five hours until they were rescued by cable.

Though doctors had recommended a hip replacement 12 years ago, Brinkley admitted in a Jan. 5 Instagram post that she put off the “daunting” procedure until recently.

Now she’s “overjoyed” to be able to move her body again.

“So I took action, fixed my hip, got the total replacement,” she wrote on her latest post. “I am getting stronger every day, and I like [to] think I’m ready for anything...a hike, swim dive, paddle, ride, ski, and even a big piece of birthday cake! Hey I can work it off!”

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