Christie Brinkley knows what it means to be a parent, and is following through with the consequences of her daughter’s December overdose on pills. 24-year-old musician Alexa Ray Joel (Christie’s daughter with second husband Billy Joel) was taken to hospital after swallowing a handful of pills, and then dialing 911 herself.
“Your job as a parent is to listen,” Christie tells Ladies’ Home Journal in an interview. “And to dole out as much love as you can. That includes tough love. I told Alexa, ‘You got yourself worked into such a tizzy. You need to examine that, you need to seek professional advice.’”
Alexa had been dealing with the end of her relationship to bandmate Jimmy Riot. “She tried to do something dramatic to prove to her boyfriend how much he hurt her,” Christie says. “I think many people can relate to that excruciating pain of love gone wrong. I’d rather have a broken arm than a broken heart.”
While her stunt wasn’t a suicide attempt (she only swallowed homeopathic pills), Alexa is reportedly currently still in therapy. The 56-year-old says her daughter is currently focusing on her career, and insists she is doing well.
Read about Alexa’s overdose.
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