Lionel Richie says one of the things he has learned from his children is how to be a father.
In a recent interview, the father of three said, “I do not know why I’m so shocked by what my kids are doing. I scared my folks to death! ”
He is the father of three children actress and fashion mogul Nicole Richie, 40, his musician son Miles, 27, and model daughter Sofia, 23.
Lionel adopted his first child when he was married to Brenda Harvey, whom he divorced in 1993, which he says changed his life.
“Nicole was a godsend. She was a little girl who needed a shot, ”he says of his daughter, whose biological parents were friends of Richie’s who were struggling financially. “She was used to people coming and going. She looked at me and I’d say, ‘I’m not going anywhere. ‘”
Richie and Harvey split up because she caught him betraying her with dancer and fashion designer Diane Alexander.
Harvey says Nicole helped him grow. “Brenda and I went through a very interesting time,” says Richie, who has long shut down rumors that Nicole is his biological daughter. In regards to Harvey, “We did not agree on a lot of things, but we did agree on [Nicole].”
Nicole has now made the singer grandpa twice with her two sons aged 14 and 12. “My dad and mom used to always say, ‘One day you’ll get yours,’ and I couldn’t figure out what that meant until I had kids, ”he says. “Nicole came to me one day and she said, ‘Dad, why do you think I’m lying?’ I said, ‘Nicole, it’s the same lie I told my mom and dad.'”
Today she has become a great mother and wife and he could not be more proud of that.