After Billy Joel
and Christie Brinkley
's daughter Alexa Ray Joel
was hospitalized for an alleged suicide attempt last week, media attention on the family has skyrocketed. That's why Joel and Brinkley decided to release a statement to the media about the matter. Here's the full statement, via People.com
: 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. 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. 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.
With much appreciation,
Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley
Alexa and her dad Billy Joel (People.com)
The New York Post
story in question claimed that Alexa had tried to kill herself after going on vacation with her mother in Turks and Caicos, mostly because Brinkley wouldn't stop bad-mouthing Alexa's dad Billy in front of her. Also, the article claimed Brinkley hassled her daughter about losing weight. But from the sound of their statement, Brinkley's behavior wasn't to blame so much as a "devastating heartbreak."
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