Billy Joel, 66, and his long-term girlfriend, 33-year-old Alexis Roderick, surprised guests at their annual 4th of July party when they announced that the get-together was actually for their surprise wedding. The age gap couple then exchanged vows in front of a small group of close friends and family, including Joel’s 29-year-old daughter Alexa Ray, on the singer’s estate in Long Island, and the ceremony was led by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Many people took to social media to congratulate Joel and Roderick on their new May-December marriage, including Billy Joel’s second ex-wife, Christie Brinkley (Roderick is wife number four.) Brinkley posted a picture of the age gap couple on Instagram with the caption, “Congratulation[s] to the glowing bride and groom. And to my daughter Alexa, who has a wonderful friend in Alexis! Wishing the growing family every happiness!” Despite the heartfelt message, it didn’t take long for some tabloids to interpret her comment as an underhanded swing at the couple’s big age difference, since Joel’s new wife is only four years older than his daughter.
Whether or not Brinkley’s post was in fact underhanded (more likely not), there’s no doubt that Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick have gotten slack over the 33-year age difference in their May-December relationship. But the famous age gap couple has still managed to make it this far without any hiccups, which goes to show that they’re both committed to each other, even with the added age difference. They’ve been together since 2009 and are already expecting their first baby, a girl due later this summer. According to an insider, “Billy is thrilled to become a dad again.”
“‘My daughter has a friend in her!’: Christie Brinkley posts seemingly backhanded message for ex-husband Billy Joel, 65, and his new bride Alexis Roderick, 33,” Daily Mail web site, July 6, 2015; http://goo.gl/ICGBrS.