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Originally posted 06/05/2010 08:40AM
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."
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.
Originally posted 10/13/2009 07:45AM
The latest legal battle between Christie Brinkley and her ex-husband Peter Cook ended with a judge-approved settlement – but not before some last-minute drama inside the courtroom.
Judge Mark Cohen refused to accept the agreement between the supermodel and the architect until Brinkley appeared in court, which she did two hours later. "I'm pleased that this could be handled without a long trial,” said Cohen.
Still, the once picture-perfect couple couldn't resist trading insults outside the courthouse. Asked her reaction to the settlement, Brinkley said, "Google 'divorcing a narcissist,' " – to which Cook countered, "I will accept [the label] 'narcissist' over 'parental interference.' "
Originally posted 10/08/2009 05:25PM
More than a year after their divorce was finalized following a nasty court battle, Christie Brinkley and her ex-husband Peter Cook are headed back to a court for another public showdown, even though Brinkley insists it's the last thing she wants.
"She's really upset and embarrassed that this is going back to court," Amy Jacobs, a spokesperson for Brinkley, tells PEOPLE. "She absolutely did not want to go to court. Peter is literally dragging her to court. She had chosen to look the other way for quite some time when he violated the confidentiality agreement by talking to Barbara Walters and other media outlets."
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