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Billy and Katie Lee Joel just couldn't keep the music playing.
"After nearly five years of marriage, Billy and Katie have decided to separate," a rep for my favorite piano man said in a statement to Access Hollywood. "The decision is the result of much thought and consideration. Billy and Katie remain caring friends, with admiration and respect for each other."
Rumors were swirling that Katie was getting a little on the side, after she was seen getting cozy with Yigal Azrouel, a 36-year-old fashion designer from Israel. Sources say the designer even referred to the uptown girl as "my girlfriend."
But a rep for Billy and Katie says the split was not a result of any infidelity. "Their break-up has nothing to do with Yigal. Their decision to separate was absolutely unrelated to Yigal."
A friend of the couple told the NY Daily News that the end of the Joels' marriage was really because of their age difference; Billy turned 60 in May, while Katie is only 27.
"It was really the age difference that caught up with them," the insider said. "They grew apart. She is very career-oriented. She loves going out. She loves the city. When Billy isn't touring, he'd rather be on Long Island with his motorcycles and boats."
I still love you, Billy. Come to my house and sing the blues. I'll put some bread in your jar and say "Man, what are you doing here?"