Now that it has been officially confirmed
that Billy Joel
and his third wife Katie Lee Joel
have separated, the Piana Man's daughter and ex-wife are speaking out on the split.
Joel has one child, Alexa Ray Joel
, from his marriage to supermodel Christie Brinkley
. The 23-year-old spoke to OK!
about her father's announcement, "He was the first person that told me. Being who he is, he can't just trust everybody and you know, I like knowing that my dad can talk to me in the same way that I come to him... I'm just supporting him right now."
But Alexa says she wasn't surprised by the news, "I have a pretty good women's intuition so I could tell. I know my dad very well. So I'm behind him, you know?"
And Christie Brinkley, who was married to Joel from 1985 to 1994 told Extra
, "I'm very sad that this has happened and I wish them both happiness... he's a wonderful father to Alexa. We've remained friends. We've been friends for many, many years, so obviously I'm very sad that this has happened and I wish them both happiness."
Katie Lee was only 23-years-old in 2004 when she married then 55-year-old Joel. Daughter Alexa Ray was 18 and served as the maid-of-honor.