Billy Joel 'Very, Very' Proud of Daughter

10/31/2008 at 12:00 PM ET
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Many fans — and parents, in particular — have a particular attachment to Billy Joel‘s hit song "Lullaby." Although he wrote it for his daughter Alexa Ray, 22, more than a decade ago it still packs an emotional punch for Billy, as well. "I can’t think about the lyrics when I’m [performing]," Billy, 59, says. "I can’t."

"When I wrote the song, my marriage was coming apart. And I was worried. ‘When am I going to see my kid?’ I wrote the song for her to let her know ‘I will never leave you. I will always be there."

Now that his daughter is well on her way to a career as a singer, herself, Billy is understandably pleased. He tells the Journal Gazette that he sees Alexa on stage and he thinks "’That’s my baby. That’s my kid’…I get very, very proud." Like any parent, however, he admits to being "a little bit nervous" beforehand — but says his daughter always comes through.

"She just steps up to the plate and just knocks it out of the –- And I just start laughing: ‘Of course. Of course.’"

Alexa is Billy’s daughter with ex-wife Christie Brinkley.

Source: Journal Gazette

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irene on

That is so sweet. She is such a beautiful girl. Though it’s obvious she resembles her dad, there’s no mistaking that mega-watt Cover Girl smile is just like her mom’s.

Stephanie on

He’s not very nice in person

Alec on

Beautiful, talented young woman. Billy and Christie are BOTH justifiably proud!

Listen to your Mom and don’t get hitched, Alexa!
You have a long, beautiful life ahead of you. Enjoy!

MB on

Wait why shouldn’t she get married, Alec?

Amillia Henderson on

Well, now we know what Billy Joel would have looked like if his mama had a girl. Alexa should have been named Billie Jo.

mtoo on

Because obviously, if you get married, it somehow makes you unfulfilled and your life drab and meaningless. *eye roll* I have to stop reading these disgusting psycho feminist comments.

SouthernBelle on

I have always adored Billy Joel and his music. I heard him perform Lullaby in concert. I cried then, and I still cry every time I hear it. What a beautiful gift to give a child…a gift that will forever be associated with his love for her and a gift that the world can enjoy and share with their own little ones. Alexa has inherited Billy’s talent and looks just like him (and yes, Irene, she’s got Christie’s Cover Girl Smile!) I know he’s very proud.

brooke on

Wow alexa looks nothing like christie, she is all billy in every way. I wonder if billy’s wife katie lee who is gorgeous will have any babies anytime soon