Billy Joel: Daughter Suffered "Devastating Heartbreak"

Celebrity News Dec. 10, 2009 AT 8:52AM
Billy Joel: Daughter Suffered "Devastating Heartbreak" Credit: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images

Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley are slamming false reports about their daughter Alexa Ray Joel's recent hospitalization.

"Every parent can imagine the pain and anguish we face as parents of a daughter who is working to recover from the dangerous actions she took while suffering a devastating heartbreak," they say in the joint statement.

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"As much as we hate dignifying tabloid stories with a response, we feel we must set the record straight to protect our family. The story that ran in the New York Post on December 8th, and has been subsequently spread across the internet, is filled with vicious lies and attempts to smear our character and that of our beloved daughter.

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"We ask the public and legitimate media outlets to please 'consider the source' and to not further exacerbate our daughter's situation by repeating and legitimizing these false reports," the statement concluded.

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