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Who is Lionel Richie Girlfriend? His Failed Marriages and Children; Millions of Net Worth

Who is Lionel Richie Girlfriend? His Failed Marriages and Children; Millions of Net Worth

Facts of Lionel Richie

Full Name:Lionel Richie
Birth Date:June 20, 1949
Age:75 years
Country:United States
Height: 5 feet 11 inches (1.80m)
DatingLisa Parigi
Break UpBai Ling, Cynthia Weil, Dawn Mangrum
DivorceBrenda Harvey-Richie, Diana Alexander
Net Worth$200 Million
Salary$18 million
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorBrown
Birth PlaceTuskegee, Alabama,
GrandparentsCharles A./E. Richie and Ida J. Garfield while Albert Davidson Foster and Adelaide M. Brown
EducationJoliet Central High School , Tuskegee University, Auburn University.
FatherAlberta R. Foster
MotherLyonel Brockman Richie
SiblingsDeborah Richie
KidsSofia Richie, Nicole Richie, Miles Brockman Richie
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An American singer, songwriter, record producer, and television personality, Lionel Richie joined the group, Motown group Commodores as a songwriter and co-lead singer in the 1970s. He released hit songs like Easy, Sail On, Three Times a Lady, and Still. His song, Lady became the US Billboard Hot 100 number one in 1980. Lionel also collaborated with singer, Diana Ross and produced the song, Endless Love which rose him into prominence by becoming the top 20 bestselling singles of all time. 

Early Life of Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie was born Lionel Brockman Richie on June 20, 1949, in Tuskegee, Alabama, United States. As of now, he is 74 years old. His birth sign is Gemini and cuts her birthday cake on the 20th of June. Lionel’s parents are Alberta R. Foster (father) and Lyonel Brockman Richie (mother). His father worked as a U.S. Army systems analyst while Lyonel was a teacher and school principal.

Lionel posing with his sister
Caption: Lionel posing with his sister (Source: People)

He has a sister named Deborah Richie. His paternal grandparents are Charles A./E. Richie and Ida J. Garfield while Albert Davidson Foster and Adelaide M. Brown are his paternal grandparents. He has American citizenship and belongs to mixed ethnicity (African-American, English, Scottish, and French-Canadian). He is a Freemason.

Education of Lionel Richie

He is a graduate of Joliet Central High School. Lionel also graduated holding a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with a minor in accounting from Tuskegee University. He also studied at Auburn University but eventually dropped out to pursue his music career in the second semester.

Lionel Richie’s Girlfriend

He is dating Lisa Parigi, an entrepreneur. They via mutual friends at Harper’s Bazaar Arabia in 2014. Lisa is 40 years younger than Lionel. They started dating each other after their first meeting. They were seen at King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation concert on May 6, 2023. Lisa dolled herself wearing a blue floral gown with a white headpiece.

Lionel posing with his partner
Caption: Lionel posing with his partner (Source: People)

In January 1993, he encountered an actress, Dawn Mangrum. He and Cynthia Weil were also rumored to be in a relationship. Lionel was also rumored with Bai Ling in 2009.

Two Failed Marriages of Lionel Richie

His first wife, Brenda Harvey-Richie is also a singer. They were high school sweethearts. The couple married on October 18, 1975, but they divorced on August 9, 1993, when Lionel cheated on Brenda. Brenda found Richie with Diane at her apartment. Brenda even filed a complaint against him stating spousal injury, trespassing, and disturbing the peace of a happy family in June 1988.

Lionel with his ex-partner
Caption: Lionel with his ex-partner (Photo: Online Music Store)

He married for the second time with Diane Alexander. They met at the Olympic Games Ceremony in 1984. The duo was dating when Richie was still married to his wife. They married after two years of Lionel’s divorce from Brenda on December 21, 1995. They filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences in 2004.

Lionel paid $20k annually for plastic surgery, $15k monthly for shopping, $3k for her dermatology, and more for beauty expenditures as divorce alimony to Diane. In total, he spent $20 million as an alimony to her.

Lionel Richie, Father of Three

He is the father of three children. He adopted a daughter named Nicole Richie with his first wife. Karen Moss and Peter Michael Escovedo gave their daughter Nicole to Lionel in 1983 when they were struggling financially. She was born on September 21, 1981. Currently, she works as a fashion designer and actress.

Lionel with her daughter
Caption: Lionel with her daughter (Source: The Independent)

He welcomed Miles Brockman Richie, and Sofia Richie with his second wife. Miles is a singer born on May 27, 1994, while Sofia is a model born on August 24, 1998. He is also a grandfather of Harlow and Sparrow.

Lionel Richie’s Net Worth and Other Assets

Lionel has an approximate net worth of $200 million as of 2023 which he earned through his professional career. His annual salary is $18 million. In 2019, he earned $10 million as a judge on American Idol.

Lionel posing in the car
Caption: Lionel posing in the car (Photo: Networth)

He bought 13,000 square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills in 1999. He paid $6 million for the house which overlooks the fourth hole green at the famous Los Angeles Country Club. His car collection includes a Datsun 280Z, Range Rover, a Mercedes S550, a Mercedes 450 SEL, and a Ferrari Scaglietti.

Lionel Richie Cancels His Show

He canceled his show after one hour of scheduled time at Madison Square Garden on 12 August 2023. Lionel, Earth Wind & Fire blamed the bad weather for canceling the show even though the whole ticket got sold off. This made 20,000 audiences spend their money on rented hotels and couldn’t fly to New York due to traffic jams.

His Health Battles & Nervous Breakdown

In 2012, he revealed that he was suffering from throat pains and was eventually diagnosed with diet-induced acid reflux. This made him heartburn when stomach acid travels back up toward the throat. The doctor also said that he will lose his voice and could never sing. Lionel became mentally breakdown after hearing the news and even had a massive depression at that time.

Lionel also replaced his hip after suffering from arthritis and couldn’t tear in 2014 as well. He had a torn meniscus in his knee in 2017.

Singing Career of Lionel Richie

  • He debuted in singing by joining the R&B group, The Commodores in the mid-1960s.
  • Richie worked with Jeffrey Bowen and Donald Baldwin and released the song, Happy People in 1974.
  • He made his solo career by releasing an album, Lionel Richie in 1982.
  • His album, Dancing on the Ceiling had hit songs like Say You, Say Me, Dancing on the Ceiling, Love Will Conquer All, Ballerina Girl, and Se La.
  • He released his tenth studio album, Tuskegee on March 26, 2012.
 Lionel posing for a picture
Caption: Lionel posing for a picture (Source: People)
  • Richie got the opportunity to become the First Global Ambassador and First Chairman of the Global Ambassador Group for the Prince’s Trust.
  • As an actor, he lent his voice to the character in the tv show, The Simpsons in 2007.
  • In 1998, he appeared as Mob in the movie, Pariah Lavender.

Songs & Albums

He is a singer of hit songs like We Are the World, Stuck on You, Hello, All Night Long, Say You, Say Me, The Only One, Lady, and Easy. He released albums named Lionel Richie, Can’t Slow Down, Dancing on the Ceiling, Louder Than Words, Time, and Renaissance.

Movies & TV Shows

He played in movies like Scott Joplin, Thank God It’s Friday, Madonna: Truth or Dare, Pariah, The Black Godfather, and Studio 666. He appeared in tv shows like The Simpsons, Who Do You Think You Are?, Oprah’s Master Class, and Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time, American Idol. 

Awards & Nominations

  • He received awards and nominations for Academy Awards, American Music Award, BET Award, Billboard Music Award, BRIT Award, Goldene Kamera, Golden Globe Award, Grammy Award, and many more.
  • He won Grammy Awards in the criteria of Song of the Year for the song, We Are the World in 1985.
  • In 2014, he won BET Award as the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • He received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement presented by Awards Council member Ray Charles in 1985.

FAQs of Lionel Richie

What is Lionel Richie’s height?

His height is 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 77kg. Lionel wears a shoe size of 11 (US) and his eyes and hair are brown in color.

Is Lionel Richie involved in philanthropy?

Yes, Lionel is a philanthropist. He is an active supporter of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, City of Hope, and Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center to UNICEF and The Art of Elysium.

Is Lionel Richie still friends with the Commodores?

Yes, Lionel is still friends with the Commodores and revealed that they talk sometime. They don’t talk as much as they use to do in the past but Lionel said that he missed the old bond.

Is Lionel Richie sick?

Yes, Lio is sick. He is suffering from a Mysterious throat condition. Due to this, he had to do four unsuccessful surgeries on his throat.