The first picture of Billy Joel's new baby daughter has been revealed. Little Della Rose Joel was born on 12 August, and just two days later fans have been treated to a photo of the tiny newborn. Della can be seen lying peacefully in the arms of her proud mother Alexis Roderick, who is smiling as she cradles her. The baby girl, who has a full head of dark hair, has her eyes wide open in the adorable image, looking up towards the camera.
Della Rose was born in New York at 2.40am on Wednesday. She weighed in at 7lbs, 6.5oz. She is the first child for Billy and 33-year-old Alexis, who married in a surprise ceremony on the 4th July at the singer's Long Island estate.
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Della Rose Joel, pictured in her mother's arms
The couple, who have been together since 2009, announced their happy pregnancy news in April, confirming that the new arrival would be a baby girl. It's the second daughter for Piano Man singer Billy, who is a proud father to 29-year-old Alexa Ray Joel from his marriage to Christie Brinkley.
The six-time Grammy winner was previously married to Katie Lee in the early 2000s. His first marriage to Elizabeth Weber ended in the 1980s, before he met and married supermodel Christie. In 1985, they welcomed Alexa, a singer-songwriter, and remain on good terms following their split in 1994.
Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick on their wedding day
Billy, 66, and Alexis, an accomplished equestrian and a former Morgan Stanley executive, first met in a restaurant, and were "friends for a while before we started dating", Alexis later told the New York Daily News.
The couple "surprised guests by exchanging vows in front of their family and close friends" at their annual 4th July party, the singer's spokeswoman later confirmed, just three months after making their pregnancy announcement.