Christie Brinkley knew as soon as she hit the studio floor that she was never going to be able to step out on the Dancing with the Stars stage and show off all her hard work.
In fact, the model told PEOPLE exclusively in an emotional interview on Monday that she knew immediately that her arm was broken.
“The second I landed, I felt the shards in my arm,” Brinkley, 65, told PEOPLE in between sobs. “Like, I literally felt it in my wrist, and I just instantly looked up and said, ‘I’m so sorry, I broke my arm.’”
“There’s a little bone at the thumb that usually posts one way,” she added. “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.”