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Billy Joel separates from Katie Lee, 0-3 on marriages

By Brian | June 18, 2009 | Share on Facebook

The news today says that Billy Joel and his wife of five years, Katie Lee Joel, have separated.

It calls to my mind the words he wrote back in February of 2007 (the only words he’s written in sixteen years):

All My Life, I’ve paid for my mistakes.
After a while, the strongest spirit breaks.

I’ve had heartache and pain that cut me deeper than a knife.
Ah, but those days are done, ’cause you’re the one
I’ve wanted All My Life

And I know very well there’s a long road to hell
that’s been paved with intentions like mine.

All My Life, my stars were surely crossed.
Now and then, I missed the love I lost.

But all that changed the day you said you’d be my wife.
Who could have known that finding you would only take me
All My Life.

Not so much, I guess…

NOTE: I’m not judging here – while I’m a big fan of his music, I don’t know Billy Joel, so I’m certainly not in a position to say what he did or didn’t do wrong in his life. It does occur to me that he’s now married three very different kinds of women – the smart, business-minded one, the beautiful, successful one, and the young and out-going one. And he hasn’t been able to make any of them stick.

My wife and I are coming up on our fifteenth anniversary. I can’t write beautiful words like the ones above, but I know today (as surely as I knew back in 1994) that our marriage will end when someone’s heart stops beating, and not before. So I guess what I’m saying is, today’s a good day not to take that kind of certainty for granted.

Topics: Family Matters, Words about Music | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Billy Joel separates from Katie Lee, 0-3 on marriages”

  1. jason says at June 18th, 2009 at 10:32 pm :
    Making the same caveat as you (I don’t know the man, or much about his personal life), it seems to me that entertainers and celebrities in general have a difficult time making marriage work. Ego is probably a factor, and the constant temptations posed by, ahem, amorous fans. (Even though Billy’s getting up there in age, I imagine he still has his share of groupies throwing themselves at him.) And in the case of his marriage to Katie, the age difference could be a factor as well. I sometimes have trouble relating to friends who are only four or five years younger than — you know, the ones who think The Next Generation is “true” Star Trek. :)

    Just a couple of thoughts. In any case, I’m sorry to hear this, for Billy’s and Katie’s sake.

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