At 68-years old, legendary musician Billy Joel is expecting his third child. Joel made the announcement to The Belfast Telegraph, saying wife Alexis Roderick is due in November.
It will be Joel and Roderick’s second child after their daughter was born in 2015. Joel and Roderick, 35, had been together since 2009 and married in 2015.
Joel had been married three times before Roderick. His first wife was Elizabeth Weber Small, but they divorced after about nine years together. He got married to Christie Brinkley a few years later in 1985, and the couple had a daughter together on December 29, 1985: Alexa Ray Joel. But Joel and Brinkley got a divorce August 26, 1994. Then in 2004, Joel married his third wife, Katie Lee. They announced their separation on June 17, 2009.
Here’s what you need to know about Roderick and Joel:
1. The Couple Married in 2015 in a Surprise Ceremony
Joel and Roderick had been in a romantic relationship since 2009 and finally tied the knot on July 4, 2015. According to exclusive details given by a spokeswoman to PEOPLE Magazine, the couple “surprised guests at their annual July 4th party by exchanging vows in front of their family and close friends.”
The ceremony took place at Joel’s estate on Long Island and it was presided over by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who’s a longtime friend of the couple. At the wedding, Joel’s daughter and musician Alexa Ray, 29, had a speaking role, and actor Kevin James was one of the small group of people at the wedding.
PEOPLE Magazine also reported that guests were provided “harvested pearl oysters, jumbo spot prawns and chilled Maine lobster” courtesy of Mark of Excellence Distinctive Catering.
2. Daughter Della Rose Joel Was Born Shortly After Their Marriage
A few months before their wedding, the couple announced they were having their first child together.
“Billy is thrilled to become a dad again,” a source told PEOPLE Magazine.
The two welcomed Della Rose Joel on August 12, 2015 at 2:40 a.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces and was healthy. They announced her birth in a statement on Joel’s official website.
“I’m gonna spend a lot of time with this kid,” Joel told Newsday’s Glenn Gamboa in June 2015. “I was thinking about that. I’m probably going to be able to spend more time with this kid than most people are able to spend with their children, because I don’t have a regular job. I could be a stay-at-home dad for as long as I can stay alive.”
Della Rose is now 2-years old and is behaving well, Joel told The Belfast Telegraph.
“This one is pretty good,” he said to the publication referencing Della Rose. “She sleeps through the night. I hope the next one will.” His doting wife offers him an apple, raspberries and cinnamon treat. I ask Alexis Roderick is her daughter into Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol. “Not really. She is out all day long. So, she is not really watching a lot of TV. I’m sure she will soon enough!”
3. Joel & Roderick Both Take Parenting Influences From Their Relatives
Joel spoke to The Belfast Telegraph about their future second child and said his wife’s pregnancy is going well so far. He said that he loves being a father and takes after his role model, his maternal grandfather, after growing up without a father. He referred to his grandfather as being “the smartest man I ever knew.”
Roderick told the newspaper that she has deep Irish roots and takes a lot of influence from her parents and other relatives.
“I have Irish in me,” she said. “It is my grandmother’s father who is Irish. My mom’s maiden name is Bridges.”
4. Roderick Worked at Morgan Stanley for Many Years
Roderick and Joel started dating when she was 29-years old. When they met, she worked as a senior risk officer for Morgan Stanley, a wealth management company, in Garden City, New York.
Roderick said they met at a restaurant in Huntington, near where Roderick lived and worked, and started dating shortly after.
“He was going to dinner, I wasn’t,” she told the New York Daily News. “And we were friends for a while before we started dating.”
Roderick didn’t disclose much information about her background or work history, but Newsday reported that she graduated from Stony Brook University and majored in political science, economics and Latin American studies. She started working for Morgan Stanley in April 2005.
5. Alexis Is Also an Established Equestrian
Outside of her marriage with Joel and previous work at Morgan Stanley, Roderick enjoys riding horses. She’s an experienced equestrian and competed as a rider in the past.
According to media reports, she owns several horses and is also active in the United States Equestrian Federation. Roderick is also a known vegetarian.