And Lee, 27, has been rumored to be involved in a romance with Yigal Azrouel, a 36-year-old Israeli fashion designer. When Billy isn't touring, he'd rather be on Long Island with his motorcycles and boats." Joel’s ex-wife Christie Brinkley offered support for the legendary singer who has walked down the aisle 3 times.
The two have been photographed together and were reportedly spotted dirty-dancing together in Miami last January. Brinkley told Extra, “All I can say is he’s a wonderful father to Alexa. We’ve been friends for many, many years, so obviously I’m very sad that this has happened and I wish them both happiness ... She’s fine.” Daughter Alexa, who served as the maid of honor at her father and Lee’s 2004 wedding, said she was the first to know of the separation, but that she also supported her father.
Azrouel is even said to have referred to Lee as his “girlfriend.” But a friend of the couple told the New York Daily News that it was simply “the age difference” that forced them apart. “If my dad’s happy, I’m happy and I respect any decision that he makes and I’m 100 percent behind him.So you know, I’m very protective of my father, so I want him to be happy…She [Christy] and my dad are really good friends.A tenderfoot to our island, her preconceived notions of a glitzy and glamorous resort were dashed when she discovered rural farms, pristine beaches and a bounteous foodshed.“Out of everywhere I have traveled, this feels like home to me now,” she says. It’s real, down to the wine and sea salt.”Now a Long Islander, heart, soul and belly, several years ago Lee bought a large comfortable home in Water Mill with a to-die-for chef-friendly kitchen.“Lonely Kathie Lee Now Hot For ‘Modern Family,'” reads the headline of a piece in this week’s .
It states, “Ageless ‘Today’ icon Kathie Lee Gifford — who lost husband Frank Gifford a year ago — suddenly’s got hot-to-trots… ” That’s actually a bad joke, referring to Stonestreet’s “Modern Family” character.
“We have the most beautiful beaches, and it’s a food mecca. She changed out the laundry room, adding a spacious butler’s pantry with a second refrigerator and oven.
A summer entertaining enthusiast, she built an outdoor kitchen with a huge grill, refrigerator and a Wood Stone pizza oven.
“My mom has been a schoolteacher for as long as I’ve been alive, so when I was very young my grandma was my babysitter,” Lee says.
“She was always in the kitchen making something, and one of my earliest memories is of making biscuits with her in the morning.
“I love being in West Virginia,” says Lee, whose expansive résumé includes two cookbooks, numerous TV appearances and most recently a novel.