June 18, 2009 / 1:54 PM / 10 years ago

Billy Joel separates from third wife Katie Lee

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

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billy Joel has separated from his third wife after five years of marriage, a representative for the musician said on Wednesday.

Joel, 60, married Katie Lee, 27, a television food critic and cook book author, in 2004. He was previously married to supermodel Christie Brinkley, with whom he has one daughter, and to his business manager Elizabeth Weber Small.

“This decision is a result of much thoughtful consideration. Billy & Katie remain caring friends with admiration and respect for each other,” Joel’s publicist said in a statement.

Grammy Award winning Joel, whose hit songs include “Piano Man,” “Uptown Girl” and “An Innocent Man,” has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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