Pacific Coast News
Since Alexa Ray Joel
's apparent suicide attempt last month, the 23-year-old daughter of Billy Joel
and Christie Brinkley
has a new path in life. She's decided to continue her education in order to help other young women who find themselves in a similar state of depression.
The singer-songwriter wrote on her MySpace page: “I have many exciting new developments for the New Year. Most importantly, to help young girls with something I feel I know a GREAT deal about: Heartbreak-Related Depression. Although it does not get much attention in our society, it is a very serious and painful condition. I hope to bring this topic more to light… I’m even going back to school for psychology in the hope to learn more about this and many other afflictions that many of us have had to face.”
Alexa split up with boyfriend Jimmy Riot twice last year, and thanked fans for standing by her at such a difficult time. She wrote: “I just wanted to thank you all for the incredible outpouring of love and support. It’s certainly been a whirlwind of a month, but reading all of your encouraging posts has never failed to cheer me up!!!”
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