Billy Joel and Katie Lee, 32-Year Age Difference

Sugar Daddy Billy Joel and Sugar Baby Katie Lee Age Difference

Sugar Daddy Billy Joel and Sugar Baby Katie Lee Age DifferenceBilly Joel is one of the most suc­cess­ful solo artists and song­writ­ers in Amer­i­can music. He released his first track, “Piano Man,” in 1973 and has been sell­ing records ever since. He’s had hits in every decade from the 70s to the 90s, and has sold over 150 mil­lion albums across the globe. He’s also earned 23 Grammy nom­i­na­tions, tak­ing home six of the trophies.

Joel has been inducted into not only the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but also the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Even though he’s now well over 60 years old, Joel still per­forms, with three con­certs lined up in the U.K. in the fall of 2013.

In the same year that Joel released his debut song, he mar­ried his busi­ness man­ager, Eliz­a­beth Weber Small, but their mar­riage ended in divorce about nine years later. In 1983, Joel met model Christie Brink­ley in St Barths, and the celebrity cou­ple tied the knot two years later. She was said to be the inspi­ra­tion for his hit song “Uptown Girl.” Nine months after the wedding—talk about impec­ca­ble timing—Brinkley gave birth to their daugh­ter, Alexa Ray Joel.

Although Joel and Brink­ley seemed happy together, the celebrity cou­ple parted ways in 1994. Their divorce pro­ceed­ings were report­edly very quick and easy, and the pair are still friends. In fact, it was Brink­ley who took care of Joel after he under­went a dou­ble hip replace­ment in Novem­ber 2010.

It wasn’t until 10 years after Joel’s divorce from Brink­ley that he set­tled down once again—although no one was expect­ing that he’d find love with a woman who was less than half his age. At the age of 55, Joel mar­ried 23-year-old food critic Katie Lee. Despite their 32-year age dif­fer­ence, Joel had the bless­ing of both his ex-wife (Brink­ley) and their then 18-year-old daugh­ter, who was actu­ally Lee’s maid-of-honor.

Five years into their mar­riage, Joel and Lee both con­firmed that they had decided to break up. At first, many reports spec­u­lated that it was because Lee was hav­ing an affair with 36-year-old fash­ion designer Yigal Azrouël—she was spot­ted get­ting close to him on a dance floor in Miami. How­ever, reps for both Joel and Lee main­tained that this wasn’t true, and that their divorce had noth­ing to do with Azrouël.

In real­ity, it was the age dif­fer­ence that finally caught up with the celebrity cou­ple. “They grew apart. She is very career-oriented. She loves going out. She loves the city. When Billy isn’t tour­ing, he’d rather be on Long Island with his motor­cy­cles and boats,” said a friend of the couple.

The age dif­fer­ence must not have been that hard for Joel because his new girl­friend is just as young. Joel went pub­lic with his new girl­friend, Alexis Rod­er­ick, in Decem­ber 2010—she’s also 32 years younger than him. Accord­ing to Rod­er­ick, she and Joel were friends for a long time before they offi­cially started dating.

Rush, G., “Billy Joel and wife Katie Lee split,” New York Daily News web site;, last accessed July 9, 2013.