Thursday, June 18, 2009

Billy Joel and wife Katie Lee in confirming split (with Photos)

Billy Joel and wife Katie Lee in confirming split (with Photos). Billy Joel and wife Katie Lee are confirming a split.

In a statement, the pair said that they remain "caring friends with admiration and respect for each other." They got married five years ago at Joel's mansion on New York's Long Island.

A representative for Joel did not immediately respond to the question of whether the couple were getting a divorce.

This was the Piano Man's third marriage, her first.

The 60-year-old Joel is one of pop's most successful singer-songwriters; Katie Lee Joel hosted the first season of Bravo TV's "Top Chef."

He recorded the song "All My Life" as an anniversary gift to his 27-year-old wife two years ago.

Billy Joel and his wife Katie Lee Joel arrive at the premiere of "The Departed" in New York, September 26, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

FILE -- In an Oct. 23, 2008 file photo Musician Billy Joel speaks at the National Press Club in, Washington. Liberty DeVitto has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan's state Supreme Court demanding Joel pay him overdue royalties. The 58-year-old says he was Joel's drummer from 1975 to 2005 and helped the piano man craft some of his biggest albums. (AP Photo/Evan Vucc,file)

Singer Billy Joel and wife Katie Lee Joel arrive for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, "The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion" in New York, May 4, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

In this May 4, 2009 file photo, Billy Joel and Katie Lee Joel arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)