By Melissa Hunter
Extra reports that Billy Joel and his wife of five years, Katie Lee Joel have separated.
Both their reps released a statement (well, at least their lawyers are in agreement), "After nearly five years of marriage Billy Joel & Katie Lee Joel have decided to separate. This decision is a result of much thoughtful consideration. Billy and Katie remain caring friends with admiration and respect for each other."
He reportedly was considering buying his wife a restaurant in the Hamptons. Restaurants don't replace love, Billy. Any piano man worth his salt knows that.
Ex-"Top Chef" host Katie Lee is Billy's third wife and is 32 years younger than him. Wonder why those two couldn't make it work.
One tabloid claimed that Billy was jealous of Katie's friendship with fashion designer Yigal Azrouel, and their close relationship was the breaking point for him. Hmm, a straight, sexy, much younger man that can design a girl haute couture gowns? I don't see the appeal.