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Lionel Riche from 'American Idol' Has 2 Ex-Wives and 3 Children — Meet Them

Bettina Dizon
Feb 23, 2020
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Lionel Richie is both a successful singer and a proud father-of-three. Here’s a look at his previous marriages and three kids.

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Veteran musician and “American Idol” judge Lionel Richie has had a successful career in the past decades. Yet, his most prized possession remains to be his family, including his three kids.

While the singer was building and maintaining his career, he experienced love and heartbreak, following rumors that took a toll on his relationship. Meet his two ex-wifes and kids.

Lionel Richie attends the taping of ABC's "American Idol." | Source: Getty Images

Lionel Richie attends the taping of ABC's "American Idol." | Source: Getty Images

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BRENDA HARVEY AND DIANE ALEXANDER

Richie’s college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey, became his first wife for 18 years. Together, they adopted a daughter Nicole, whose biological parents could not take care of her.

Sadly the couple’s relationship ended in 1993 after rumors about the “All Night Long” singer’s alleged affair broke the news.

Lionel Ritchie and wife pose at the 7th Annual American Cinema Awards January 27, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. | Source: Getty Images

Lionel Ritchie and wife pose at the 7th Annual American Cinema Awards January 27, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. | Source: Getty Images

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Two years later, Richie married Diane Alexander, who would be the mother of his next two children, Miles and Sofia.

Their marriage also ended in divorce with Alexander reportedly seeking $300,000 a month for child support. According to Divorce Magazine, she had an annual expense covering plastic surgery, clothing, and dermatology.

Lionel Richie (R) and wife Diana attend the Friars Club Lifetime Achievement Award Gala honoring Earvin "Magic" Johnson. | Source: Getty Images

Lionel Richie (R) and wife Diana attend the Friars Club Lifetime Achievement Award Gala honoring Earvin "Magic" Johnson. | Source: Getty Images

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NICOLE RICHIE

The eldest Richie child, Nicole, is most known as a socialite, television personality, and Paris Hilton’s ex-best friend.

After meeting Hilton at The Buckley School and attending college at the University of Arizona, the two starred in a reality series called “The Simple Life.”

Nicole Richie attends the 2017 Baby2Baby Gala at 3LABS. | Source: Getty Images

Nicole Richie attends the 2017 Baby2Baby Gala at 3LABS. | Source: Getty Images

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Nicole appeared on the show’s “Eve,” “Six Feet Under,” “American Dreams,” “8 Simple Rules,” “Chuck,” and the film “Kids in America.”

Her reality show, “Candidly Nicole,” caught the eye of producers Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield, and Robert Carlock, making them want her for the sitcom “Great News.” Fey said:

“Her character is meant to be cool and current in a way that intimidates him, but she also has to be funny and likable for the home audience. I can’t think of anyone better than Nicole at delivering both.”

ionel Richie and Nicole Richie share a moment at the "The Truth About Diamonds" book signing. | Source: Getty Images

ionel Richie and Nicole Richie share a moment at the "The Truth About Diamonds" book signing. | Source: Getty Images

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Nicole married Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden in 2010 and have two children together, Harlow Winter Kate and Sparrow James Midnight.

During Valentine’s this year, the couple, together with actress Zoe Saldana and her husband, went out together for an intimate Italian dinner in Beverly Hills.

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MILES RICHIE

Richie’s second child, Miles Brockman Richie, is a model signed with Wilhelmina Models. He took part in New York Fashion Week and Philipp Plein’s show.

Although having a famous father and carrying his last name is a big advantage for Miles, he tries to make a name for himself instead. He said in a 2018 interview:

“I’d like to not be viewed as a celebrity person or something. I’d like to be known as a model or an actor, not just the ‘son of,’ or the ‘brother of.’ I’d like to develop my own identity in those scenarios.”

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Apart from his career, Miles spends his time boxing and Muay Thai at Rumble Boxing in Los Angeles to release energy.

In 2019, Miles hit the headlines after being detained by authorities at Heathrow Airport because of an alleged threat to detonate a bomb and physically hitting a security personnel.

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SOFIA RICHIE

Sofie Richie is the youngest among her siblings and the second daughter of the famous musician with Alexander.

Like her older brother, Sofia is a model who debuted her career in 2014 in Elle Magazine’s Who What Wear feature.

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She is signed with L.A. Models and Select Model Management and had her first magazine cover on the pilot issue of “Popular” magazine.

Sofia is also a model for famous brands such as Brandy Melville, ASOS, and Young & Reckless. At an early age, the model is already making a name for herself in the industry.

Amid her success, Sofie’s father wished her “lots of failure” to experience bouncing back and dealing with coping with a difficult situation.

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