Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, spoke to People this week about her recent bout with severe depression. Alexa, who was hospitalized on December 5 for an overdose, said those days were like “a black hole.” She blames the depression on a rough breakup with her former bassist, Jimmy Riot.
While there were rumors that Alexa was depressed over a fight with her mother over her weight, Alexa denies the fight ever happened and says her mother appreciates her looks: “Nobody is more supportive of my physical appearance than [my mother]. She tells me – which I don’t understand – that she wishes she looked like me, that I’m so much more unique than her.”
Someone else also appreciates Alexa’s looks: she’s set to rep Prell shampoo, just like her mother did 25 years ago! Still, she wants to be known as just Alexa and not the daughter of celebrities: “And I like to think that my music and my voice are different than my father’s and my look is very different than my mother’s. Can’t I just be me?”