In her early twenties, TV personality Katie Lee gained widespread attention for her prominent romance with renowned singer Billy Joel. The rendezvous occurred during Katie’s visit to New York City with a friend, where fate led them to the rooftop bar of the Peninsula hotel. The chemistry between them was undeniable, culminating in a dinner that Katie fondly dubbed “love at first bite.”
Despite a substantial 32-year age gap, the connection between the “Piano Man” singer and the TV personality resonated profoundly. After a year of courtship, Katie and Billy exchanged vows in 2004 at his residence in Oyster Bay, Long Island. However, the union that captured the public’s imagination took an unexpected turn when the couple announced their separation five years later.
In a joint statement, they revealed, “After nearly five years of marriage, Billy Joel and Katie Lee Joel have decided to separate. This decision is a result of much thoughtful consideration.” The proclamation marked the end of their marital journey, leaving fans and the media reflecting on the complexities of love and celebrity relationships.
According to Women’s Wear Daily, Katie was briefly associated with fashion designer Yigal Azrouel. A source disclosed to Page Six that, during her separation from Billy, the duo was reported to be “spending a lot of time together.”
According to Us Weekly, Katie was romantically linked to Will Arnett in 2013 following his announcement of the split from Amy Poehler.
In 2016, Katie crossed paths with Ryan during his tenure as a producer on her show, Beach Bites With Katie Lee. The romantic journey led to an engagement in 2018 in Paris, followed by a picturesque wedding on the Amalfi Coast later that same year. The couple celebrated the arrival of their first child, daughter Iris Marion Biegel, in September 2020. Katie expressed her joy of motherhood in a March 2021 interview with People, stating, “I just love being a mom. I knew that I was going to enjoy it, but I had no idea that I would this much.“