Parenting Style! Famous Singer Lionel Richie Opens Up About Being A Father And Tough Emotions His 3 Kids Faced

Date April 19, 2019

Music legend, Lionel Richie, has opened up about life lessons he has learned and what it’s like raising his three children in the spotlight. 


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Having grown kids has not stopped the music legend from having fun with his family as he still tries to embarrass them whenever he gets the opportunity.

Marriage and 3 famous kids

Since the late 1960s, the American Idol judge has mastered the music industry. In the 1960s and 1970s, Lionel was with The Commodores, a group that was formed as undergrads at Tuskegee University.

He married his college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey, and they adopted Nicole as their daughter. Soon rumors began to swirl that the singer was having an affair and the couple got separated. In 1993, Lionel and Brenda got divorced after 18 years of marriage, according to People.


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In 1995, Lionel got remarried to Diane Alexander and they had two children, Miles, and Sofia. They got divorced in 2003.
According to Washington Post, Lionel is now in a long-term relationship with a designer from Switzerland, Lisa Parigi.

Lionel’s parenting style

Speaking to GQ magazine, Lionel says his children are the most important aspect of his life and thinks his kids define him more than any hit record or award.


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The 69-year-old told People about his parenting style when it comes to his three famous children, Nicole Richie, Sofia Richie and Miles Richie: 

I’m a tough dad, but what I realize in life is that you have to approach it with a tad bit of humor. With my kids, I know their job is to completely scare me to death.

And they’re doing a great job, by the way. I told this to Nicole the other day, my job is to embarrass them as much as I could, as long as I’m here. They’re trying to do the same to me, so I think it’s an equal swap right now.


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All three of Lionel’s kids are quite successful in their own careers. He once told Closer Weekly:

The humbling part about all these successes is that my name at the end of the day is Dad and Papa.


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Meet his model son Miles

As the second child of a music legend, Miles Brockman Richie prefers to move in a different Hollywood crowd from his baby sister Sophia. Baby pictures already showed that Miles has his father’s good looks and charming smile, but recently he has transformed into a younger version of Lionel Richie.


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Even fashion designers can’t get enough of him strutting his stuff on their runways with that looks of a Greek god.

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