After days of speculation and tabloid coverage of the alleged suicide attempt by their daughter, Billy Joel and ex-wife Christie Brinkley issued a statement on Wednesday about the incident that lead to 23-year-old Alexa Ray Joel’s hospitalization on Saturday.
“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,” the couple said, referring to Alexa Ray’s hospitalization due to a reported overdose of the homeopathic anti-inflammatory Traumeel.
“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,” they said, referring to a story the tabloid printed on Tuesday claiming that the suicide attempt came after a turbulent family vacation with Brinkley in Turks and Caicos.
“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.” The couple did not specify what heartbreak Alexa Ray suffered, but the aspiring singer has reportedly struggled for some time following a breakup with bandmate and on-again, off-again boyfriend Jimmy Riot.
Following the weekend hospitalization, Alexa Ray has been resting comfortably at an undisclosed location and, according to a spokesperson, is “feeling much better.”