Christie Brinkley Had Tough Love for Alexa Ray Joel After Overdose

updated 06/02/2010 AT 12:00 PM ET

originally published 06/05/2010 AT 8:40 AM ET

Christie Brinkley was empathetic but stern with Alexa Ray Joel after her daughter took some pills and was hospitalized in December.

“Your job as a parent is to listen. And to dole out as much love as you can,” the supermodel tells Ladies’ Home Journal in its July issue. “That includes tough love. I told Alexa, ‘You got yourself worked into such a tizzy. You need to examine that, you need to seek professional advice.’ ”

Brinkley, 56, says anyone can understand the pain of heartbreak, but that Alexa, 24, overreacted to her breakup. “She tried to do something dramatic to prove to her boyfriend how much he hurt her,” Brinkley says. “I think many people can relate to that excruciating pain of love gone wrong. I’d rather have a broken arm than a broken heart.”

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