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Originally posted 02/02/2011 10:50AM
Elton John, who has spoken openly about battling his own drug use, is now taking tough-love aim and reaching out to his troubled friend, Billy Joel.
"At the end of the day, he's coasting," Sir Elton tells Rolling Stone in its new cover story. "I always say, 'Billy, can't you write another song?' It's either fear or laziness. It upsets me."
The musician clearly takes Joel's problem seriously – and personally. "Billy's a conundrum," John, 63, says of the 61-year-old. "We've had so many canceled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism."
Originally posted 11/24/2010 03:50PM
The Piano Man is on the mend.
Last week, Billy Joel, 61, opted to have surgery on both his hips to treat a congenital ailment, PEOPLE confirms.
"Billy Joel is doing extremely well following bilateral hip replacement," says Joel spokeswoman Claire Mercuri. "He will be back at his Long Island home by the end of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend."
No word yet, though, on how quickly Joel – who toured earlier this year and recently promoted a documentary film The Last Play at Shea – will make it back to the stage.
Originally posted 06/22/2010 11:00AM
Looks like Alexa Ray Joel's broken heart is on the mend: The singer, 24, who told PEOPLE that her despair over a failed romance led her to be hospitalized last December, has a new boyfriend. He is singer-songwriter Cass Dillon.
The pair met when Dillon, 24, was hired to play guitar on Joel's upcoming album. (To listen to her first single, "Notice Me," click here.) "Dating can be awkward," Joel said in April. "I prefer to meet someone through work or socially."
Odds are her dad, Billy Joel, approves. Back in 2007, Dillon released the single "Christmas in Fallujah," which was written by the Piano Man himself. Proceeds benefitted the non-profit Homes For Our Troops.
Originally posted 05/08/2010 09:45AM
Alexa Ray Joel is famous for three reasons: her music, her parents (Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley), and regretfully, a battle with depression that landed her in the hospital after an overdose on Dec. 5.
"I felt like I was in a black hole and I couldn't see out," Joel, 24, reveals in the new issue of PEOPLE. "I hit rock bottom that day . . . A part of me wanted people close to me to know – not the whole world."
The trigger for her depression? A very bad case of heartbreak. Joel says she never really got over her first love, her former bassist Jimmy Riot, whom she began dating at 19. They broke up in 2008, but had fleeting reconciliations. "I was addicted to this man," she says, "and it spiraled out of control."
Originally posted 12/10/2009 07:30AM
In light of some media coverage of their daughter Alexa Ray Joel's recent hospital stay, her parents, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, have issued the following statement. In its entirety, it reads:
Every parent can imagine the pain and anguish we face as parents of a daughter who is working to recover from the dangerous actions she took while suffering a devastating heartbreak. As much as we hate dignifying tabloid stories with a response, we feel we must set the record straight to protect our family. The story that ran in the New York Post on December 8th, and has been subsequently spread across the Internet, is filled with vicious lies and attempts to smear our character and that of our beloved daughter. We ask the public and legitimate media outlets to please "consider the source" and to not further exacerbate our daughter's situation by repeating and legitimizing these false reports.
With much appreciation,
Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley
Originally posted 12/09/2009 02:05PM
There's nothing like a little TLC from Mom and Dad after a traumatic experience. And sources say Alexa Ray Joel is bouncing back beautifully after her brief hospital stay on Dec. 5. – thanks to the help of her parents Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley.
"They're focused on making sure she is going to be alright," says a source close to the situation.
The 23-year-old singer, who called 911 after she took 8 Traumeel pills, a homeopathic medication, and had trouble breathing, "has the most attentive parents," says a family friend. "She is very close to Billy, and Alexa and her mother are really best friends."
Originally posted 12/07/2009 08:10AM
The daughter of singer Billy Joel and model Christie Brinkley is at her father's home to recover after being hospitalized over the weekend for what's being reported as a reaction to herbal medication.
Alexa Ray Joel, 23, had taken several pills of the homeopathic medication Traumeel after a breakup with her boyfriend of several years, and was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City's Greenwich Village, according to various reports.
"She became worried about breathing, which is why 911 was called," one source told PEOPLE. Adds another source: "She was apparently distraught over an argument with her boyfriend."
Originally posted 12/06/2009 10:15AM
Following Alexa Ray Joel's hospitalization Saturday, sources tell PEOPLE that the singer may have been upset over a boyfriend.
According to a source, she took Traumeel, a homeopathic medication. "She became worried about breathing, which is why 911 was called," says the source. Adds another source: "She was apparently distraught over an argument with her boyfriend."
The singer has been released from the hospital and her father Billy Joel is now with her, says a source.
Originally posted 12/05/2009 11:45PM
Billy Joel has spoken out about his daughter Alexa Ray Joel's condition following her hospitalization Saturday afternoon.
"She is going to be fine," Joel told Newsday late Saturday evening.
The 23-year-old daughter of Joel and model Christie Brinkley was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital Saturday afternoon after a female caller placed a call to 911.
Originally posted 12/05/2009 05:55PM
Alexa Ray Joel, the 23-year-old singer and daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, was hospitalized Saturday in New York City.
"She is stable and her doctors are assessing her needs," a rep for Alexa Ray and her father, Billy Joel, confirmed to PEOPLE.
The singer was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital after a caller placed a call to 911 Saturday afternoon, according to the New York Post.
The singer is scheduled to perform twice on December 10 in New York City, according to her Twitter page.
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