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Billy Joel vs. Christie

Who's Worse Off Now?

7/12/2006 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Billy Joel, Christie BrinkleyWith word that supermodel Christie Brinkley is separating from her fourth husband, we couldn't help but wonder: Who's had a harder life post divorce -- Christie or her second ex, Billy Joel?

Brinkley's rep confirmed on Tuesday the split from Peter Cooke, her husband of 10 years. She has a daughter with Cooke, a daughter with Joel, and a son with third husband Richard Taubman.

Actually, a tragedy brought Taubman and Brinkley together. They met when both were passengers in a helicopter that crashed in Colorado in 1994. Ironically, they married near the site of the chopper crash but the union lasted for less than a year. Brinkley reportedly had to pay Taubman $2 mil as a parting gift to end the marriage.


As for Joel's misfortunes, he was also married before and after Brinkley, though the latter nuptials in 2004 with then 23-year-old Katie Lee is still going.

Joel has encountered several other bumps in the road -- literally. "The Piano Man" was involved in three infamous car accidents within a two-year span. In June 2002, Joel crashed his car in Long Island -- escaping serious injury. In 2003, he crashed his car into a tree, also on Long Island. And in early 2004, he crashed his car again, on Long Island, again -- this time into a house.

Joel checked himself into rehab shortly after the first accident and then again in 2005.
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kathleen    

Let's see how long Billy Joel's marriage to a woman half his age--LASTS!! I believe that Billy really loved Christie--but I was not IN their relationship. SHe sure looked GREAT in his videos!

2994 days ago
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Don Beech    

Jeez...Christie better get the name of Liz's surgeon who did her hip replacements! Liz took seven husbands to wear out those hips but it sounds like Christie is challenging the Queen of Matrimony.

3026 days ago
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Rubydo    

Christy - What is up....four failed marriages and and three children from three different daddies???

3026 days ago
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Cindy    

She must be a real BITCH to live with.

3026 days ago
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the wise old owl    

ARE YOU KIDDING ME ? Cristy looks BETTER then most 18 year olds I see. The guy who made the rude comment about her is WACKED ! Only a blind man would make a comment like E0 did.

3026 days ago
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Jay    

Christy looks great. I love the infomercials. I voted that she has had the harder life since the divorce. Billy has made mega money on writing his music, therefore it must cushion the bad times. Hope she has a pre-nup.

3026 days ago
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bcs    

Good grief folks!!! At least Christie was MARRIED to the Daddies of her children, unlike most of the celebs today!! Give her credit where credit is due - and she is still a beautiful woman - looks much better than most of the up and coming talent you see these days. (And EO, you are nasty!!)

3026 days ago
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Keepin' It Real    

I agree with Jeanine, Cristy still has the face & body of someone thirty years her junior. YO... EO... the first thing to go is the eyesight.

3026 days ago
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Rubydo    

I think Christy is beautiful and still looks great - my comment re: 4 marriages and 3 daddies was mean't to be a sad irony of the fact that she seems to have it all together....or at least the appearnce of it. Life has be or have been hard.

3026 days ago
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Didntknowthis    



I truly think she never ever got over the death of her long time love. (Before Joel) Oliver Moet.

3026 days ago
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MJ    

Sorry, but you're wrong. Rick Taubman was her third husband and he is the one that was in the helicopter crash with her - the father of her child, whom she gave a large settlement too in order to gain full custody of their son.

3026 days ago
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pennylane    

i think cristie has never looked better and you cant see evidence of surgery or botox...good for her. I knew her marriage with that guy whatever his name is wouldnt last. In an E! True Hollywood Story interview, she said it was very, VERY hard for a model to have a relationship with a guy that has a 9 to 5 job...there does it, he was too ordinary for her and couldnt keep up.
for the record, there are three daddys, but the last one adopted her second child from her second marriage. so i give that guy some credit for that.

3026 days ago
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GLI    

Carrie....perhaps you should check your facts. In fact Jean-Francois Allaux was hubby #1, Joel was #2 and Taubman and Cooke followed....

3026 days ago
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Bud    

Brinkley is still great looking!

3026 days ago
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Rubydo    

Does anyone know what caused this split? Rumor says she left but he wants to make it work - what gives? Tell all.....please.

3026 days ago
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