It can’t have been easy to grow up with a supermodel mother and a pop superstar father, but 24-year-old Alexa Ray Joel is doing her best to form her own identity in the music world. Besides being famous for her music and her parents, Joel has also battled depression, ending up in the hospital last December after an overdose.
Joel told People magazine that heartbreak over her first love, Jimmy Riot, who played bass for her, was at the root of the depression. She began dating Riot when she was only 19, and the two split in 2008, a split that was followed by a couple of temporary reconciliations. Add to that the stress of her mother’s nasty divorce from third husband Peter Cook and her father’s marriage to a woman only four years older than she is, and it’s understandable how things could get out of hand.
Joel is now seeing a therapist and has become closer to her parents, to whom she says she now talks openly. She certainly doesn’t lack for work, having recently released a new CD and also signing on to become a spokesperson for Prell shampoo, a gig her mother had a generation ago.