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Billy Joel To Rent N.Y.C. Apartment

September 16, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Billy Joel says he’s looking for someone to spend his life with, and plans to rent an apartment in Manhattan to meet women.

``I’m not going to meet anyone out here,″ said Joel, who lives in East Hampton, a posh community in nearby Long Island. ``The happiest times in my life were when my relationships were going well _ when I was in love with someone, and someone was loving me. But in my whole life, I haven’t met the person I can sustain a relationship with yet. So I’m discontended about that. I’m angry with myself. I have regrets.″

Joel will go on tour this fall with Elton John, and Twyla Tharp will take to Broadway a play called ``Movin’ Out,″ featuring modern dance interpretations of Joel’s songs. But he said his success _ including a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame _ is little consolation.

``You can’t go home with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,″ he told The New York Times Magazine. ``You don’t sleep with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You don’t get hugged by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and you don’t have children with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I want what everybody else wants: to love and to be loved, and to have a family. Being in love has always been the most important thing in my life.″

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