Model Christie Brinkley has forgiven the teenager who broke up her marriage, insisting she feels bad for her.
After two days of high drama in her divorce trial, Brinkley held court with reporters in Long Island on Thursday afternoon (03Jul08) telling them she's keen to make peace with Diana Bianchi and her family.
Brinkley learned about her husband Peter Cook's affair with his then-18-year-old assistant when her stepfather stunned the model with the news at a public event in 2006.
But the model insists she has no ill-will for her one-time love rival.
She told reporters, "I'd just like to say, after two days of testimony, that I can't help but think about Diana Bianchi, and I want her and her family to know that I feel really badly for them.
"I feel bad for her and I forgive her completely. She was manipulated."
Reports suggest Bianchi approached Brinkley's 20-year-old daughter Alexa Joel after both had testified on Wednesday (02Jul08), and apologised.
A source says, "Diana said, 'I am sorry for the pain I have caused you and your family.'"
Brinkley revealed she's glad of a weekend break before the trial commences again on Monday (07Jul08), stating, "Today was really difficult, reliving all the horrors."
Brinkley and Cook are fighting for sole custody of their two sons Jack, 13, and Sailor, 10.