Years later, Joel would find Frank had siphoned nearly million of his earnings, and in 1989, Joel sued him for that plus million in punitive damages. “What a family to pick.” Following the 1982 split with Elizabeth, Joel went to St. He found a piano bar and began playing; a few moments later, to his wonderment, Elle Macpherson, then just 19, and Christie Brinkley, 28, were standing at either side of the 33-year-old — along with an undiscovered Whitney Houston.
Yet he’s always felt a failure where it most counts: love. I see old folks walking down the street who look like they’ve been together 50 years, and there’s something very touching about it — that they’ve lasted so long. I can dream about it, think about it, write music and lyrics and sing about it.
They conceived their daughter, Alexa Ray, on their wedding night.
Yet Joel’s financial crises meant he had to tour nonstop to recoup his money, and the marriage suffered tremendously. After a show at Nassau Coliseum, Joel opted to stay at a nearby hotel rather than make the 90-minute drive home, and Brinkley was told by one of Joel’s band members that he was having an affair.
(Joel denies it.) By the end of that year, they knew the marriage was over — and it marked the last year Joel would issue a new album. spelled the end of my songwriting career,” Joel told Schruers.
“Christie likes to joke that the end of the marriage . “At least, I think it’s a joke.” By 2002, Joel was again deeply depressed and drinking heavily. Just don’t send me messages, don’t leave me cute little phone calls, don’t tease me, don’t f- -k with me, just end it. Don’t do that to an old guy.’ ” They divorced in 2009.