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Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley Come Together to Stop Rumors About Alexa’s Suicide Attempt

Alexa Ray Joel and Christie Brinkley

The New York Post has always been known as somewhat of a rag compared to most newspapers. Any rumors that are birthed in its pages are usually dismissed by saying “Oh, c’mon! Where’d you read that!? It’s The Post!” This time, however, they’ve really done it. In a piece that even I was like “Damn, this shit is vicious” while reading, they accuse Christie Brinkley of driving her daughter Alexa Ray Joel, to her suicide attempt. An excerpt here:

Alexa Joel, who bears a striking resemblance to her dad, spent her childhood being berated by Brinkley, who makes mean comparisons between her daughter and ex-hubby, a source said.

“She would tell Alexa that her father was an alcoholic and that she had her father’s genes and that she might be an alcoholic, too,” a former family employee said.

The supermodel urged Alexa to stay slim at all costs.

In one incident, Brinkley grabbed a brownie, chewed it and spit it into a trash can, telling a 10-year-old Alexa, “This is how you eat a brownie without gaining weight,” the former employee recalled.

Basically, they’re making Brinkley out to be an insane Mommy Dearest type, which isn’t impossible to fathom, but the family swears it’s not true at all. Today, Billy and Christie released a statement together about their daughter, which is probably the first time they’ve ever made any joint announcements since they were together. It reads:

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.

I appreciate this story because whatever Alexa is dealing with that made her want to attempt suicide, she’s also dealing with the backlash of having everyone know she unsuccessfully kill herself. While I’m sure that having a supermodel for a mother and an insanely successful father isn’t easy, the portrait The Post painted of their life is ugly, and likely terribly painful for them to read under these circumstances.

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  • Isn’t it BAND together? Reminds me when a supervisor once told me it “would be who of you” in an email. Behoove. English can be confusing, I know!

  • “backlash of having everyone know she unsuccessfully kill herself. ”
    Sentence structure snafu notwithstanding, are you worried that Alexa Ray Joel may now feel shame and discomfort over people looking down on her for failing to successfully kill herself?
    Or, perhaps, you mean something along the lines of Alexa Ray Joel may now feel added shame and discomfort from having the world learn about her doldrums and suicide attempt?

      • Now that’s downright cruel and since I don’t see any cute tongue in cheek symbols I have to assume that’s what you think.

        I doubt that embarrassment is anywhere on her list, shame perhaps, desolation, fucking depressed maybe.

        Most people who try to off themselves aren’t really trying to succeed -just making a statement or hoping to get some attention.

      • Molls, the progressive concern is not about having “failed” in doing herself great harm. The progressive concern is how does she deal with a world that doesn’t wish her ill — people she may feel she has let down (family, friends, fans even) or at least shown a side of herself that she wishes she had not.
        I can not imagine why you would latch on to the idea of embarrassment over her “failure” to kill herself, rather than the “embarrassment” and realities of trying to put her life back together, under the glare of public scrutiny, in light of her fame (at least by association) and recent suicide attempt.

  • OK…so sometimes reading these posts is like playing a game of Mad Libs but it gives us all something to talk about together. We’re bonding, the Joel/Brinkleys are banding, it’s all good.

  • I keep envisioning Christie Brinkley gnawing on a brownie, and spitting it into the trash can. I’m easily amused….

  • May God Bless Joel, Christie, and Alexa Ray through this most difficult time in their lives. I sincerely hope Alexa receives the professional help she needs to learn to cope with life’s difficulties. Lord knows we all have faced challenges and struggle with heartbreak. One feels pain, learns to cope, and move on.

    • Finally, someone with a heart and soul decides to write a sensitive reply here at EvilBeet. Unfortunately, it IS called EVILbeet and NOT UnicornsAndBabyBunniesBeet, so your kind words will just melt like fresh snow in hell around here honey.

  • Oh my god, she’s stunning!
    I’m not sure if she has musical talent, but she could coast on her looks alone.

    Regardless, I hope the media will play nice, and leave her be.
    Young people deserve chances at peaceful, normal lives.