Christie was seen arriving to practice her routine on September 12, shortly before she suffered her injuries. According to ABC, she had to have surgery to her wrist and arm, and will be unable to dance at all this season. Enter Sailor!
After suffering a “freak accident” and breaking her arm during rehearsals last week, a source close to Brinkley tells PEOPLE that the model, 65, is upset that she has to step down from the competition.
“Of course she is devastated. She was really loving this experience, having a fantastic time and she was doing great learning the routine,” the source says. “Literally what happened was a freak accident that required major surgery. She’s been working so hard and loving it, and for this to happen just a couple days before? It’s awful.”
Christie Brinkley Is ‘Devastated’ over DWTS Injury but ‘Excited’ for Daughter Sailor to Compete
Christie’s daughter Sailor, 21, will replace her mother in the competition and appear on Monday night’s premiere.
“Christie is devastated but also excited for Sailor. Wait till you see Sailor. She is a natural,” the source adds.