Billy Joel Issues Family Statement

Posted Thursday December 10, 2009 3:55 PM GMT

Looking on the bright side of media coverage, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley have issued a statement about their daughter, Alexa Ray Joel and her recent hospital stay.

It reads: “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. 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. 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.”

Articles surfaced that Joel overdosed on pills and then called for an ambulance after having trouble breathing due to anxiety and depression over a break-up with rocker, Jimmy Riot.

"I want to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support," told the 23 year-old. Alexa was supposed to perform with mom, Christie at the New York Stock Exchange and J & R Music World Thursday, but canceled.

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