Hamponite Billy Joel believes in ghosts, according to a report last week in Page Six. Joel claims he saw the spirit of a 19th century woman brushing her hair in his former East Hampton home.
The revelation came during Joel’s town hall interview with fellow Hamponite Howard Stern last Monday. Other Hamptons residents, Rachael Ray and Matt Lauer, were in the audience at the SiriusXM event and asked the singer questions.
Joel built his East Hampton mansion in the 80s with former wife Christie Brinkley. He then famously sold the 10.5-acre estate for $32 million in 2000 to comedian Jerry Seinfeld. At the time, the sale set a record for the price of a home in the Hamptons. Just this week, that long-ago-broken record was smashed by another Further Lane manse, which sold for $147 million.
Only two years later, in 2002, Seinfeld demolished and rebuilt nearly the entire home, which was recently featured, baseball diamond and all, in InStyle magazine. The library and dining room are the only remaining rooms from Joel’s original design.
Renovations can stir up spiritual activity, especially in an already haunted home, according to experts on the paranormal, but Seinfeld has never publicly acknowledged any ghosts at the East Hampton estate.
But Joel isn’t the only Hamptons celeb to tangle with the undead. In 2003, actress Renée Zellweger purchased a historic Egypt Lane home for a cool $2 million. The former owner, John Mascheroni, told the Post that Zellweger’s new home was haunted by a particularly feisty ghost of another former owner, Lillian Worthington.