Billy Joel has checked out of Silver Hill Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric center in New Canaan, Conn.

Billy Joel has checked out of Silver Hill Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric center in New Canaan, Conn., he entered earlier this month for treatment. Joel's publicist at Columbia Records said the singer left the hospital yesterday (June 26) and declined further comment.

In March, the 53-year-old musician rescheduled a joint tour with Elton John, saying he was ill. The tour will resume in September. Columbia has said little about the reasons Joel went to Silver Hill on June 14. The hospital is known for a celebrity clientele and individualized care.

But Joel told People magazine he became "very depressed" after a respiratory infection forced him to cut short the tour with John. "I've been touring for 30 years and have only had to cancel a handful of shows in my life, so I took this really hard," he told the magazine for its July 8 issue. "I then began what I ultimately realized was a prolonged period of overindulgence. I don't want to get any more specific."

Joel also said that Alexa Ray, his 16-year-old daughter with ex-wife Christie Brinkley, inspired him to seek help. "I told my daughter that I recognized I was having a problem," he said. "And my gift to her for Father's Day was going to be cleaning up my act."


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