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Billy Joel & Katie Lee Split

Billy Joel & Katie Lee Split

Billy Joel and his third wife, chef/author Katie Lee, are parting ways.

“After nearly five years of marriage, Billy and Katie have decided to separate,” the couple said in a joint statement released by their reps. “This decision is the result of much thought and consideration. Billy and Katie remain caring friends, with admiration and respect for each other.”

Various reports have linked 27-year-old Katie with 36-year-old designer Yigal Azrouel, who has frequently escorted her to events.

“Their decision to separate was absolutely unrelated to Yigal,” Joel‘s spokeswoman, Claire Mercuri told NYDN.

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  • brandie

    no surprise of course

  • wendy

    Maybe he and Christie will get back together.

  • mary

    She’s gorgeous, what a shame!

  • scott’s anos

    Mama Leone left a note on the door – she said sonny move out to the country! Well if that’s what you had in mind, if that’s what you’re all about, mama if that’s movin up then I’m MOVIN’ OUT!

  • Soe

    I bet Joel and Christie get back together. They seem a more realistic couple than he did with this wife. At least they’re in the same age group.

  • Zoe

    I bet him and Christie do get back together. Maybe not married, but together again. At least they’re a more realistic couple than he was with this child bride. He’s in his 50′s.

  • nora

    Shocking!!! (NOT)

  • roxanne

    Im surprise they didnt add to their statement “we ask that you respect their privacy in this most difficult time”. My goodness all these statements they put out seem so dam n fake and generic. Can’t a celebrity for once put out a real statement

  • kate

    Don’t you mean William Joel – haha!

  • mazzie

    billy j must be a corker to live with. is lindsay lohan available.

  • Olg geezers are retarded

    Well what did he expect? he’s thirty years older than she is. I really hate these creepy old men who go after women young enough to be their daughters. Newsflash you dirty old men: YOUNG WOMEN WANT A YOUNG HOTTIE MAN NOT YOU OLD SHRIVELLED UP GRANDPAS!
    I bet Katie lee already has a young young stud waiting in the wings. Now she will have a large chunk of Billie’s money to spend with her new lover.

  • Emily

    It would be nice if he and Christie would get back together . Neither of them have anything to prove in life. They are both successful in their own individual right. Christie has made a lot of bad choices since she split with Billy Joel and he hasn’t made the best choices either.
    It would be cool if they can be together again. Billy and his uptown girl.

  • bettiep

    Gosh! I looked up the designer and he’s pretty damn hot! I don’t blame her!

  • give cher a call

    Billy Joel should give Cher a call. She is more his age and he and Chaz could share a wardrobe.

  • showing my age

    Sad for Billy. Although she seemed to just be a gold digger/further her career type thing. Which is fine, if they both went in knowing what the deal was.

    A few months after attending a Joel concert back in the late 80′s, I heard the news that Christie and Billy broke up. I was heartbroken, to me it was like the news that Ken and Barbie spilt.

    Billy and Christie have maintained good friendship over the years. He walking her down the isle of one of many her weddings.

    And since Christie made the statement that she “would never marry again”, it would be cool if Billy and Christie hung out.

  • bella

    No surprise here. I mean age difference is massive and she got all the fame she needed from him . . .which he set himself up for by marrying someone a few years older than his daughter.

  • jalewis20009

    hi, it’s nice i love it so much you can enjoy more

  • Poor Piano man

    I hope he doesn’t go back to Christie. Christie is a tramp she has three children by three different men and that is trashy.

  • LuckyL

    Lol, I thought he was buying her a restaurant as of yesterday.

  • Echo

    Billie married Katie for sex and her body. Katie married Billie for his money, they both knew what they were getting into. That kind of arrangement is a match made in hell.

  • P

    Yeah, same here. lol The designer is hot and closer to her age. There is no comparison between him and Billy.

  • lauren

    Wow how come the tabs fall asleep on real stories>>>>

    Any way Christie is a beauty and I think the whole Katie lee trying to be a celeb chef is gonna fizzle out. She had no personality.

    A Christie and Billy reunion is kind of far fetch but they are friendly so a social life together is vey possible.

  • Emily

    The tabs fell asleep on real stories like Billie Joel and his wife because they deal mostly in fabrications such as Angelina and Brad breaking up, Speidi falling in love with their horse, stuff that they sit behind their desk and make up stories.

  • liverwurst

    @Olg geezers are retarded: Seriously? You think HE went after her? The little hoochie gold digger went after him more like…and this woman is 27? She looks 47 if a day! Girl looks older than Christy.

  • CaliWriter

    And who didn’t see this one coming? LOL

  • Ginger

    Yeap, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley just need to get back together. Don’t even know why they split anyway.

  • Kitkat Hersey

    Agreed with Echo and roxanne.LOL at roxanne.
    Give this young woman,who is like 10-12years older than AlexaRay Joel, that she dealed her financial deal with a Baby Joel.
    Anyway,she’ll walk away with enough money to be financially independent for life.Billy Joel nor Alexa will ever notice a few million are missing.
    MAy-December things are hard to make last.


    LOL:!!!!! Look ya’ll, we can bet Christie isjumping for joy and already has plans mapped out. Too bad Billy doesn’t know.He will agree.
    LOL! Her biggest mistake was letting Billy Joel go.
    She picked real losers after Joel.LosersTaubman and Cook.

  • Jan


  • http://Thedressisadorable YES!

    He is known for going with gold diggers. First Christie and now this one.

    They all want his money and fame.

  • K.V.B.

    Katie Lee is a beautiful and classic young woman who has made her own way during this marriage. Hopefully, they can remain friends though with the comment Alexis Joel made on Access Hollywood last night one can only imagine Christie Brinkley’s daughter will create an estrangement. When I heard Christie Brinkley was divorcing (fifth time) Peter Cook, the first thought that came to mind was that she would weasle her way back into the heart of Joel so it’s now a wait-and-see game to bear out. What she did to her young children of a highly impressionable at the time of her divorce by airing terrible dirty laundry regarding their father showed she simply has no class.

  • Cara

    For those who do not remember, the reason Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley broke-up was due to her infidelity and so she received like karma through Peter Cook, i.e. “what goes around comes around”.

  • aw shucks!

    Billy Joel has too many demons. He has to get himself together first before he has a successful relationship. He probably still drinks too, which can put a damper on a man’s sex life. His wife is young, so he needs to be able to keep up with her.

  • Vestes de Cuisine

    He needs to stop tanning and getting his teeth whitened.

  • passion cloud

    Let do them do what they need to do move on and stop judging them just because you do not have anything nice to say!! relationships are hard enough and do something better with your own time….

  • Suppress your appetite

    beautiful and intelligent.