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Alexa Ray Joel Sticks by Her Dad in Divorce | Alexa Ray Joel, Billy Joel

Alexa Ray Joel Sticks by Her Dad in Divorce

Originally posted 06/18/2009 12:40PM

Billy Joel's split from wife Katie came as no surprise to Alexa Ray Joel, the music man's 23-year-old daughter with Christie Brinkley.

"I have a pretty good woman's intuition, so I could tell," Alexa told PEOPLE at the sixth annual Wayuu Taya Foundation Gala at the Stephan Weiss Studio in New York City Wednesday night. "I know my dad very well."

The couple announced their separation in a statement June 17 after nearly five years of marriage. Joel says she first heard the news from her dad.

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Billy Joel and His Wife Split | Billy Joel

Billy Joel and His Wife Split

Originally posted 06/17/2009 04:55PM

Billy Joel and his wife, Katie Lee, are calling it quits, PEOPLE confirms.

"After nearly five years of marriage Billy Joel & Katie Lee Joel have decided to separate. This decision is a result of much thoughtful consideration. Billy & Katie remain caring friends with admiration and respect for each other," says a statement issued by both of their reps.

For months, the couple has dodged reports of trouble in the marriage. Joel, 60, married Katie, 27, in a sunset wedding on September 2004 at his 15-acre waterfront Center Island estate in Long Island. Katie is a chef and former host of Bravo's Top Chef.

Reporting by ALEXIS CHIU

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Paul McCartney: How I Surprised Billy Joel | Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney: How I Surprised Billy Joel

Originally posted 07/28/2008 02:30PM

It took more than 40 years, but Paul McCartney finally made it back to New York's Shea Stadium – and just in time.

The music legendary delighted surprised fans during Billy Joel's July 18 concert at the vast venue with "I Saw Her Standing There" – part of the final gig at the usual home to baseball's Mets. (McCartney played Shea Stadium with the Beatles back on Aug. 15, 1965, and the ballpark is slated to be replaced with a new playing field.)

But McCartney – tipped in advance to be a special guest – needed a police escort and a little luck to make it to the concert.

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Christie Brinkley Attends Ex Billy Joel's Show | Billy Joel, Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley Attends Ex Billy Joel's Show

Originally posted 07/19/2008 12:00PM

Fresh from settling a bitter and very public divorce battle with ex-husband Peter Cook, supermodel Christie Brinkley is finding comfort in the company of another ex – singer Billy Joel, who is also the father of her daughter, Alexa Ray.

After spending the Fourth of July at Joel's Sag Harbor, N.Y., house, Brinkley attended his "The Last Play at Shea, From the Beatles to Billy" concert at New York's Shea Stadium Friday night. (It's the last concert at the ballpark and the last season for the New York Mets, who move into a new home at Citi Field in 2009.)

At the show, Brinkley seemed to enjoy the support of Joel's fans, who clapped for her as she walked by. "Everyone was yelling good job to her as she walked through the stadium," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "She was so nice and sweet, saying thank you back to people."

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EXCLUSIVE: Billy Joel Shares Love Song for His Wife | Billy Joel

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EXCLUSIVE: Billy Joel Shares Love Song for His Wife

Originally posted 02/07/2007 07:30AM

In 2005, Billy Joel, 57, wrote a ballad for his wife Katie Lee Joel, 25, to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Now, he's releasing that song, "All My Life," as a single – and PEOPLE has the exclusive first listen. (Click here to hear the song.) In honor of the occasion, the Piano Man spoke to PEOPLE about the makings of a great love song.

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Alexa Ray Joel Strikes a Chord of Her Own

Alexa Ray Joel Strikes a Chord of Her Own

Originally posted 10/08/2006 10:40AM

Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, has been rocking since she was a toddler, standing backstage with Mom at her dad's concerts. Now 20, the Piano Man's kid is ready to take center stage with Sketches, a CD of six songs she wrote and released online, and a monthlong tour.

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Billy Joel Home After Month in Rehab | Billy Joel

Billy Joel Home After Month in Rehab

Originally posted 04/13/2005 08:30AM

After a month in rehab, Billy Joel checked out of the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., early Sunday morning, his publicist, Claire Mercuri, tells the Associated Press.

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Star Jones Reynolds Ready for PETA Diss | Star Jones

Star Jones Reynolds Ready for PETA Diss

Originally posted 04/01/2005 09:00AM

PUNK'D: Star Jones Reynolds, 43, is keeping a sense of humor about a new ad campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which features a 6'-tall drag queen named Flotilla DeBarge who's dressed to look like the View cohost. The "Fur is a Drag" ad will feature DeBarge wearing a fur-accented bridal gown splattered with blood. "As long as no laws are broken, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," Jones Reynolds said in a statement to the Associated Press. "I hope his hair and makeup look fabulous and he remembers to shave."

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'Piano Man' Billy Joel Re-Enters Rehab | Billy Joel

'Piano Man' Billy Joel Re-Enters Rehab

Originally posted 03/15/2005 08:00AM

Billy Joel is back in rehab, his publicist has confirmed.

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CSI's David Caruso and His Wife Split Up | David Caruso

CSI's David Caruso and His Wife Split Up

Originally posted 02/09/2005 08:00AM

SPLIT: CSI: Miami star David Caruso and his wife Margaret are splitting after eight years, the Associated Press reports. According to a court petition filed Feb. 2, Margaret filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. ? Actor and director Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba) and his wife, Kelley, are also ending their 11-year marriage, PEOPLE reports. The couple have three kids, 7-year-old twins and a 5-year-old, who they will continue to raise together.

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