Supermodel Christie Brinkley and singer Billy Joel may no longer be married, but for decades, they managed to put aside their differences and co-parent their daughter, Alexa Ray.
Alexa was born to the celebrity couple in December 1985, the same year they tied the knot. The couple parted ways in 1994, and both moved on with other partners and had other children, but they chose to remain on friendly terms for the sake of their daughter.
"...we had Alexa together and we knew that was going to bind us together for life so we wanted to make our divorce work," Christie explained in an interview with Wendy Williams. "Of course as you're going through it, you know, you can get a little bit raw, but you cannot find him saying a bad word about me or me saying a bad word about him, no matter what happens."
Over the years, Alexa has been spotted accompanying her parents to red carpet events, performances, and other public engagements. It wasn't long before she began to step out of the shadows of her famous parents.
Having been brought up around music, Alexa knew she wanted to follow in her father's footsteps. From a young age, Joel didn't hold back from giving his daughter "a unique inside-peek into the songwriting process," and in turn Alexa developed writing skills similar to her father's.
By the time she was 15, she was writing full songs with piano accompaniment and some poetry.
In 2005, when she was just 19-years-old, Alexa formed a band and performed her first live show in New Jersey. She has since played hundreds of shows and embarked on many tours. She also released a six-song EP the following year, and joined her father onstage a couple of times.
However, life in the limelight wasn't all rainbows and butterflies for Alexa. In 2009, she ingested an excessive amount of a homeopathic drug called Traumeel. The Ibuprofen was said to have no active ingredient and a toxicologist confirmed that she did not overdose. When asked about the incident, Alexa clarified that she wasn't trying to kill herself, she was suffering a panic attack after a horrible breakup and wanted to "numb" the pain.
It took four years but Alexa's broken heart began to heal when she met restaurant owner Ryan Gleason. The pair have been dating since 2013, and have recently become engaged.
The happy couple revealed the news of their New Year's Day engagement on Instagram and Brinkley had the sweetest reaction.