July 08, 2008 11:00 AM

Christie Brinkley will come through her current divorce woes just fine, predicts her longtime friend – and fellow former supermodel – Beverly Johnson.

“It’s divorce. It’s not death, thank God,” Johnson told PEOPLE on Monday. “She’ll be okay. She’s a good girl. She’s a strong girl.”

Johnson – who’s one of the judges on the new TV Land reality series She’s Got the Look, a modeling competition for women over 35 – has been through her own divorce wars. The custody battle over her daughter, Anansa Sims, now 29, lasted nine years and cost her more than $500,000, she says.

Though she calls Brinkley a very good friend, Johnson said she hasn’t spoken to the cover girl in at least a year.

“I’m glad it’s not me going through that,” she added, referring to Brinkley’s ongoing court battle. “Just from my own personal experiences, it must be really, really tough. Divorces are always tough. They really are.”

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