October 25th, 2011
01:22 PM ET
Billy Joel’s daughter, singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, has always been open about her personal life: A bad breakup led to her 2009 homeopathic overdose and struggles with depression.
And her recent interview with xoJane.com is no exception.
Joel told the website she contracted human papillomavirus, or HPV, from her ex-boyfriend.
The 25-year-old said her ex-boyfriend has allegedly transmitted HPV to multiple women.
(A federal government advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend that boys and young men, from ages 11 to 21, be vaccinated against HPV.)
“I had it,” Joel says of the STD. “But I mean, a lot of people get it from my ex.”
“I mean it was fine, you know,” Joel shares. “There are no side effects. You just go and get it taken care of.”
The singer says she doesn't blame her ex for giving her HPV, because he didn’t know he had it. “I wasn't angry with him, because it's so common and he wasn't cheating on me,” she said. “I mean I was living with him; I saw him everyday.”
Joel was 19 when her ex, then 34, started dating. “I was wanting to help him with his drinking and various things and a lot of women do that, particularly with older troubled men; you want to be this young little angel that’s gonna help them, and it’s a mistake.”
These days Joel has a new man and a blossoming music career. “I know everybody has had it rough," she said. "Particularly with first love and there is nothing harder.”
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