Billy Joel: Alexa will be fine; mom is with her
Billy Joel said his daughter will recover after law enforcement sources said they responded to a report of a suicidal female at Alexa Ray Joel's Greenwich Village apartment Saturday afternoon.
Joel told Newsday Saturday night that he was deeply shaken but that his daughter was never in any danger because she got to a hospital quickly.
"She is going to be fine," said Joel, who lives in Sag Harbor.
Alexa Ray Joel, 23, swallowed eight pills, The Associated Press reported.
She was in stable condition at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan, her publicist, Claire Mercuri, said Saturday.
Billy Joel said his daughter was with her mother, Christie Brinkley, Joel's ex-wife.
Joel and Brinkley planned Saturday to move their daughter to another facility, law enforcement sources told Newsday.
Police received a call about a suicidal female at Joel's address on Bethune Street in Greenwich Village, the law enforcement sources said. Joel's roommate called police just before 12:30 p.m., according to media reports.
Joel was conscious when police arrived and said she was despondent over breaking up with her boyfriend, the sources said. The sources said the pills she took did not belong to her.
Joel did not take the drugs intentionally, said one person who spoke on condition of anonymity. Joel had been in good spirits as recently as Friday and was looking forward to performing in New York City this week, the source said.
Another source, however, said Joel did seem upset over a breakup with her boyfriend. Joel had dated Jimmy Riot, who plays bass in her band.
In a July 2009 interview, Joel said, "I broke up with my boyfriend, who was also my bass player, and moved out of our place, which was like my refuge. That all left me struggling with my identity, which I think a lot of young women can relate to."
Joel lives in a redbrick walk-up on a quiet West Village block. The buzzer to her apartment says "Joel." About a half-dozen detectives were in the apartment Saturday night and later left.
Two women came to the apartment, then left without speaking to reporters. A man and woman also went to the apartment but did not speak to media. The man left holding a small dog and went to a building a few blocks away.
This story was reported by Ted Phillips, Pervaiz Shallwani, Glenn Gamboa, Eden Laikin and Will Van Sant.