This season on Dancing With the Stars, Sailor-Brinkley Cook stepped in at the last minute and took her mom Christie Brinkley’s spot on the show after the former supermodel broke her arm in rehearsals. The 21-year-old is extremely close with her mom, and insiders say that she has the same close relationship with her dad, Hamptons-based architect Peter Cook. Will Cook’s engagement to a woman Sailor’s age cause problems?
Christie Brinkley married Peter Cook in 1996 – it was Brinkley’s fourth marriage and Cook’s first – but they split in 2008 after Brinkley found out that Cook was having an affair with Diana Bianchi, his 19-year-old assistant. He was also accused of having relations with another former employee, 18-year-old Samantha Cole. Cook allegedly proposed to Cole three months before he popped the question to Brinkley.
Brinkley and Cook’s divorce got nasty, but an insider says that didn’t affect Sailor’s relationship with her dad.
“Despite the bitter breakup between Peter and Christie, Sailor has a very close relationship with her dad,” the source told People Magazine. “She always raves about him. But she has not said a word to anybody about his personal life or the new girlfriend.”
The 60-year-old Cook is now engaged to 21-year-old Alba Jancou. The couple has been dating for about a year, and Cook reportedly proposed during a recent vacation in Santorini, Greece with a six-carat Glenn Bradford diamond ring. Jancou will be Cook’s third wife, as he was briefly married to Suzanne Shaw after his split from Brinkley.
According to Page Six, Jancou is a student at Tulane University and she is scheduled to graduate in 2021. Before college, Jancou attended Millfield, a prestigious boarding school in England.
“We consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have found, in each other, our soulmate,” said Cook in a statement to Page Six. “We are looking forward to many years of wedded bliss!”
While Sailor hasn’t made any public statements about her dad and his new fiancee, she has called her dad her “best friend” and her “rock” in Instagram posts. In a birthday post for her dad this past summer, Sailor wrote, “I love you forever and always to the moon and back.”
Sailor Brinkley-Cook – along with her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy – was the third contestant eliminated on Season 28 of Dancing With the Stars despite strong scores for each of their dances in the first few weeks. New episodes of DWTS air Monday nights on ABC.