Who Is Billy Joel's Wife? All About Alexis Roderick

Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick tied the knot in a surprise Fourth of July ceremony in 2015

Alexis Roderick and Billy Joel attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 15, 2013 in New York City
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Billy Joel is focusing on his wife and kids.

Despite being one of the most successful musicians of all time, Joel has stepped away from music and is enjoying family time with his wife, Alexis Roderick, and three daughters.

The "Piano Man" singer met Roderick, who is his fourth wife, at a restaurant in 2009 and the pair married in 2015. They went on to welcome daughters Della Rose and Remy Anne. Roderick is also a stepmom to Joel's daughter, Alexa Ray, whom he shares with ex-wife Christie Brinkley.

In addition to not releasing new songs (he hasn't done so since the late '90s), Joel has also stopped touring and only does one monthly show at Madison Square Garden. In a July 2019 cover story for Billboard, Joel said his relationship with Roderick was a big part of this decision.

"It's not good for a relationship to be gone for that long," he said. "So I became a homey." If he had to put a label on it, he'd call it "semiretirement."

While the couple have been together for over a decade, they prefer to keep their relationship private. Even their 2015 summer wedding was a surprise to family and friends.

So who is Billy Joel's wife? Keep reading for everything there is to know about Alexis Roderick.

She met Joel in 2009

Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick pose backstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City
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In his New Yorker profile, Joel recalled the night he first met Roderick or "A-Rod," as he affectionately calls her. He and Roderick were each with a group of friends at a restaurant in Huntington, New York. Not being able to take his eyes off her, Joel went over and introduced himself. He left Roderick's table with her number. At the end of his meal, Joel called Roderick while he was still sitting across the room from her and asked if she could drive him home.

She wasn't interested in Joel at first

Despite his confidence in the restaurant, Roderick wasn't immediately smitten. She drove Joel back to his home on Centre Island, a peninsula on Long Island's North Shore, and when he offered to play her something on the piano, she turned him down — but that didn't stop Joel. "It was like he couldn't not be 'Billy Joel' at that moment," Roderick told the New Yorker.

Joel played a piece by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff on his grand piano, a move he picked up from the 1955 romantic comedy The Seven Year Itch. His ploy seemed to have worked because they soon started dating and not too long after, Roderick moved into Joel's Centre Island home.

She used to work on Wall Street

Roderick is a former executive at Morgan Stanley. However, she left the industry shortly before marrying Joel in 2015.

She married Joel in 2015 in a surprise wedding

Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick tied the knot at a surprise wedding on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at their estate in Long Island. The couple surprised guests at their annual July 4th party by exchanging vows in front of their family and close friends
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After six years of dating, Joel and Roderick tied the knot in a surprise wedding at Joel's Oyster Bay estate on Long Island on July 4, 2015. Family and friends gathered at the estate for the couple's annual Fourth of July party but instead were treated to a surprise ceremony. Joel's daughter Alexa gave the wedding speech and his longtime friend, former governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, acted as the officiant.

Roderick — who was pregnant with their first child at the time — wore a strapless ivory beaded gown. The couple curated a decadent menu for their big day and the night was capped off with sky lanterns and fireworks.

She is a mother

Alexis Roderick Joel and Billy Joel attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala - Arrivals at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City
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Roderick and Joel are parents to two daughters, Della Rose and Remy Anne. Della was born on Aug. 12, 2015, a month after her parents' surprise wedding. On Oct. 22, 2017, she became a big sister when the couple welcomed their second daughter, Remy.

While they prefer to keep their daughters out of the spotlight, Joel has shared a few sweet photos of them on social media over the years. The "Vienna" singer has also brought his two oldest daughters, Alexa and Della, on stage at Madison Square Garden on various occasions.

Billy Joel's family at the Taylor Swift Eras tour

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In April 2023, Joel posted snaps of his family at a Taylor Swift concert on Instagram. One photo featured Roderick smiling with her excited daughters. "Rockin’ into our new ‘era’ thank you @Taylorswift we loved the show!" Joel wrote in the caption.

She is an equestrian

Roderick is an accomplished equestrian. She used to compete competitively and is an active member of the United States Equestrian Federation.

In 2018, Joel gifted her with a five-acre horse ranch in Wellington, Florida, a prominent equestrian community, per the Daily Mail. The estate features a 12-stall barn with groom quarters, a tack room, five paddocks and a regulation-size dressage ring with mirrors.

Now, Roderick rides recreationally and it looks like her daughters are beginning to follow in their mom's footsteps. In birthday tributes for Della and Remy on Instagram, Joel included photos of the girls in their professional riding attire and at the competition track.

Joel named his boat after her

Alexis Roderick and Billy Joel attend "a Bronx Tale" Broadway Opening Night at The Longacre Theatre on December 1, 2016 in New York City
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In his spare time, Joel likes to design and collect recreational lobster boats. Among his most prized boats are the Vendetta, a 57-foot powerboat, and a dwarf lobster boat that he named Oyster Babe, after Roderick, as he told the New Yorker.

She is on good terms with Joel's ex-wives

Joel's second wife, Brinkley, offered her best wishes to the couple following their surprise wedding. "Congratulations to the glowing bride and groom. And to my daughter, Alexa, who has a wonderful friend in Alexis! Wishing the growing family every happiness!" the model wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the bride and groom.

Cookbook author Katie Lee, Joel's third wife, also had nice things to say about the couple and their growing family. "I'm really happy for them. He's a great guy, he deserves all the happiness in the world, and he's a terrific father, so I'm really, really happy," she told Extra in 2015.

She has Irish roots

Alexis Roderick (L) and Billy Joel attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 15, 2013 in New York City
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Joel was scheduled to play at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in June 2018. In a joint interview with the Belfast Telegraph, the couple said they were excited to explore and show then-2-year-old Della the land of her ancestors. "I have Irish in me,'' Roderick told the outlet. "It is my grandmother's father who is Irish. My mom's maiden name is Bridges."

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