Billy Joel marries 33-year-old pregnant girlfriend

Billy Joel marries 33-year-old pregnant girlfriend
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American pop legend Billy Joel married longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise wedding on Saturday, popping their nuptials on unsuspecting guests at a July 4 holiday party, his publicist said.

The wedding, which took place on Joel's Long Island estate, was officiated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Joel and Roderick "surprised guests at their annual July 4th party by exchanging vows in front of their family and close friends", said a statement by the singer's publicist Claire Mercuri.

Among the guests were actor Kevin James and Joel's daughter Alexa Ray Joel - whom he had with his second wife, former supermodel Christie Brinkley. Joel, 66, and Roderick, 33, are expecting their first child in the next few months, his publicist said.

"Congratulations to the glowing bride and groom. And to my daughter Alexa, who has a wonderful friend in Alexis," Brinkley posted on Instagram.

Former Morgan Stanley risk officer Roderick is Joel's fourth wife.

The couple have been together since 2009, the American media reported. Joel has sold more than 150 million records and has been nominated for a Grammy 23 times, according to his website.

Some of his most popular hits include Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are and The Longest Time.

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