Alexa Ray Joel Speaks Out About Suicide Attempt
The 24-year-old daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley takes to Facebook to address rumors about her recent suicide attempt.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Alexa Ray Joel, the 24-year-old daughter of songman Billy Joel and model Christie Brinkley, recently took to Facebook to clear up rumors that have surrounded her Dec. 5th suicide attempt in New York.
After Alexa was rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospital after swallowing a handful of homeopathic pain pills, Peter Cook, Brinkley’s ex-fourth husband (whose marriage ended in a bitter public divorce), blamed Alexa’s problems on fights she had with her mother over her appearance and weight.
However, Alexa defended her parents, saying, “My Mom & Dad are my role models and best friends.”
“What I was struggling with had nothing to do with them. The press was particularly harsh on my Mother, which is unthinkable to me, because she is the kindest woman I’ve ever known, and wouldn’t hurt a fly!!”
She also revealed that the depression that led to her attempted suicide was “heart-break” related, stemming from a recent split with her longtime boyfriend, Jimmy Riot, and that she planned 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 that often gets ‘swept under the carpet,’” she wrote. “I hope to bring this topic more to light.” (NY Daily News)