Wednesday, June 17, 2009

billy joel divorce

It looks like the piano man is done playing duets.

Billy Joel and his wife Katie Lee Joel have separated after five years of marriage, according to a statement released from both of their reps.

“After nearly five years of marriage Billy Joel & Katie Lee Joel have decided to separate. This decision is a result of much thoughtful consideration. Billy & Katie remain caring friends with admiration and respect for each other,” a joint statement reads.

While the NY Daily News reported that Katie Lee was recently spotted getting close to fashion designer Yigal Azrouel, a source close to the couple says that the breakup had nothing to do with cheating.

Rumors have been swirling about Joel and Lee's marriage for months, especially after speculation that Lee had been romantically linked to fashion designer Yigal Azrouel, who had been escorting her to numerous events while Joel was on tour.

Joel and Lee married in October 2004, at Joel's Centre Island estate, less than two years after they first met in the bar of the Peninsula Hotel. It was the first marriage for Lee and the third for Joel, who was married to his business manager Elizabeth Weber from 1973 to 1982 and supermodel Christie Brinkley from 1985 to 1994.

Katie Lee, 27, was the host of "Top Chef" for its 2006 season.

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