At their annual July 4 party, musician Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick, his former Wall Streeter girlfriend, got hitched.
People magazine reported that Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, presided over the wedding ceremony. The Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick’s wedding took place in the presence of a small group of family and close friends. They had no idea that the couple were planning to tie the knot.
Biily Joel, 36, and Alexis Roderrick, 66, had been dating for over six years. They first met at a New York restaurant and started out as good friends.
According to Business Insider, Alexis had an employment with Morgan Stanley around the time she began going out with Billy. Roderick also worked with Merrill Lynch for a brief period before taking a long break spanning 20 months from Wall Street, during which time she met Joel.
The couple are now expecting the arrival of a baby girl. This is the fourth marriage for Billy Joel. People reported that a source said, “Billy is thrilled to become a dad again.”
Guests included actor Kevin James and, Joel’s daughter, Alexa Ray Joel. The ceremony took place at Joel’s sprawling estate in Long Island.
Billy Joel’s ex-wife, Christie Brinkley, was also present amongst guests. She later posted a picture of the couple on Instagram, congratulating them on their wedding. She also wished them a happy life together and bought Joel produts for male grooming in Belfast as a wedding present.
Brinkley’s marriage to Joel had lasted over nine years. In her Instagram post, Brinkley also congratulated her daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, for having a great friend in Alexis Roderick.
Joel has just broken Elton John’s record for the highest number of shows played at the iconic Madison Square Garden.
CNN has reported that Billy’s previous divorces have cost him millions of dollars. His most recent divorce was from food critic, Katie Lee. Joel lost his New York townhouse to Lee and she later sold it for around $12 million.
The age difference between Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick has garnered its fair share of criticism. CNN cited a report showing that men who remarry usually choose to get hitched to someone six to nine years their junior.
The report also shows that the phenomenon is the same for women. For instance, Timor Steffens was 26 when Madonna began dating him last year at age 55. Julianne Moore’s husband, Bart Freundlich, is also almost a decade younger than she is.
Whatever be the reason for marrying younger, Joel is currently on tour enjoying the best of a successful career and a new marriage.
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