Rocker Billy Joel has got engaged to his girlfriend KATIE LEE - despite their 28-year-age gap.

The WE DIDN'T START THE FIRE musician, 54, asked the 26-year-old Lee to marry him while on holiday in St Barts and gave her a 5-carat diamond ring to seal their engagement.

According to a friend, "They haven't set a date yet, but they couldn't be happier."

Joel and Lee - who's a restaurant correspondent for American PBS TV show LIVING IT UP - began dating last spring (03).

THE PIANO MAN star Joel was previously married to his business manager ELIZABETH WEBER and supermodel Christie Brinkley.

Yesterday (15JAN04), Brinkley said, "I wish Kate and Billy every happiness."

18/01/2004 00:12