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Lionel Richie has grabbed headlines across the world for his entertainment value. He is a Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, actor and music producer.
Impressing as a tennis star in high school, he received a scholarship for collegiate tennis and graduated with an economics degree.
He joined the Commodores as a vocalist and saxophone player in 1968 initially as a Jackson 5 back-up but became known for songs like Brick House and Machine Gun.
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He has made almost 100 million in global record sales. His 1983 double Grammy award-winning album, Can’t Slow Down features 2 evergreen hit songs, Hello and All Night Long.
He also won an Oscar for Say You, Say Me, the soundtrack of 1985 film, White Nights. Other famous hits of his include Dancing on the Ceiling, Se La and Stuck on You.
Lionel is straight and has been married twice. His first was with his college girlfriend, Brenda Harvey in 1975. He began an affair with Diane Alexander in 1986 which eventually led to his 1993 divorce from Brenda. He married Diane in 1995 but split in 2003. In 2009, he was reportedly dating Bai Ling.
He and his sister Deborah are children of Lionel Richie Sr. and Alberta Foster. He and Brenda adopted 2-year old Nicole Richie in 1983 and he also fathers Miles (born 1994) and Sofia (born 1998) with ex-wife, Diane.
From a kid until now, Lionel lives as Episcopalian. Before turning to music, he sincerely mulled over joining the Episcopal Church priesthood.
Worth To KnowHe was great friends with Michael Jackson who is Nicole’s godfather and with whom he wrote the song, We Are the World. He is also friends with Quincy Jones and Diana Ross.