Lionel Richie: Married, Wife, Cheating, Personal Life, Net Worth


Get ready for some hot details on Lionel Richie. The Truly singer’s life details are what we’ll be discovering today. You grew up listening to his songs on the radio but ever wondered what kind of person he was outside of the recording booth? Does Lionel have a wife and a family? If you never thought about it, not is the time. Keeping up to date with your favorite musical artist is very important.

Maybe you could decipher the meaning from some of the songs once you are familiar with his personal life? Keep reading to find it all.

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Lionel Richie Personal Life

Now, who doesn’t know about Lionel Richie? Well, there may not be even a single American who hasn’t heard at least one of his songs. Yeah, he is that famous. While his professional achievements are found all over the media and the internet, it is his personal life that intrigues people because even if his musical career has escalated upwards and has not stopped or halted for a while, his own life has faced some hurdles.

For someone so famous, how could that be? We know many of you out there would give anything to get married and become his wife. But alas! It does not work that way.

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Married, Wife

Getting back to his personal life, let’s first know some details about it before actually discussing the hurdles. Lionel Richie is a married man, and he is quite passionate about when it comes to love. Young Richie, back when he was in college fell in love, and you know, couldn’t get out of it.

However, after talking to the girl he liked, sparks flew, and the couple started dating each other. The name of that girl is Brenda Harvey.

The couple dated for years and years; as their love grew stronger, the couple took the next big step.

On October 18 of 1975, Richie and Harvey decided to get married. The wedding happened on the scheduled day, and the couple got married while surrounded by friends and family. Now married, the couple started living together as husband and wife. After about eight years, they even adopted a two years old called Nicole Camille Escovedo, daughter of one of his bandmate and niece of drummer Sheila E.

The couple loved the baby girl as their own. However, they did not legally adopt her until the baby was around nine years old. Richie and Harvey did not have any children of their own even after being married and staying together for over a decade. As time went by, the couple started having some issues. Infidelity is the word that is applicable here, and it came from Richie’s side when he cheated on wife Harvey.

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Richie Wife Harvey

Approximately after about 11 years of marriage, Richie’s heart elsewhere from his old loving lady. He met someone else and started liking her more and more, and the feeling was mutual from both side. Would you expect a woman not to like Richie? Not because he is hugely famous, but because he also has a great personality. That said, Richie began a relationship with Diane Alexander in 1986. There is not much information about Diana Alexander around, but reportedly, she has worked as a waitress, dancer, and a clothing designer. That is a hardworking lady right there.

The love grew, and the couple became inseparable, but the problem here was that Richie was still married to Brenda Harvey and Richie was cheating on his college sweetheart turned wife with whom he adopted a child. Now that is mixed up for Richie. In one way, he does not want to hurt his wife and the other; he is at the position in a relationship that he cannot leave Diana either. There was only one thing that he could do. Keep it all a secret.


However, the secret did not stay hidden for long without being suspicious. Richie and Alexander used to meet in secret, in hotel rooms and other places where nobody could trace them. However, a suspecting wife is more dangerous than FBI altogether. In 1988, Harvey reportedly found Richie and Alexander together in a Beverly Hills hotel room. Although Richie tried to cover up the scenario by saying that Alexander was just room service, it did not work for Harvey who was in shock for just finding out her husband with someone else in a hotel room.

Harvey started a fight where she did some physical throws on Richie and most probably at Alexander as well. Later, police arrested Harvey for multiple charges by the police that included corporal injury to a spouse, vandalism, battery, resisting arrest, etc. All that happened, but the couple did not immediately divorce. The divorce papers finalized in 1993, and it ended a marriage of 18 years.

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Richie Married Second Time

After marriage with first wife and college sweetheart ended with bangs – literally, Richie started officially dating Diana Alexander. After two years Richie divorced from Brenda Harvey, he married his alleged longtime mistress Diana on December 21, 1995. The wedding took place just before Christmas, so the couple had more than one thing to celebrate that month. But before the couple married, they welcomed a son together. The named their son, who was born on May 27, 1994, Miles Brockman. The couple later welcomed another child, this time, a daughter who was born on August 24, 1998. They named their daughter Sofia Richie.

The couple lived with their family happily for years, but their love slowly started to turn sour, and eventually, they split. Richie and Alexander divorced in 2003, but the divorce settlements were anything but ordinary. Alexander requested monthly clothing support of $15,000. Adding to that, she also allocated $20,000 annually for plastic surgery purposes, $30,000 as monthly child support, and a massive $20 million payout.

The divorce went down to become one of the most expensive celebrity divorces in history. However, it was for the family he was paying all that amount for.

Lionel Richie Family

Lionel Richie’s first child is Nicole. Although Richie was not her biological father, he loved her as if he was. Nicole’s biological parents are Peter Escovedo and Karen Moss. Peter, who briefly toured with Lionel as a drummer was having a significant issue with his relationship and finance, both of which are a grave matter.

After realizing Nicole was the one affected most from the issue, all three decided that it was wise if Lionel took in Nicole. Growing up with Richie however, had its toll on her. She could do anything she wanted. Nicole has a history with drug and alcohol abuse and also had severe eating disorders.

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Lionel Richie Children

But with love, support and determination, Nicole fought it off. She later in life welcomed two children, making Richie a grandfather. Lionel’s second child is his son with Diana, Miles Brockman. Miles pursued a career as a fashion model instead of walking in his father’s shoes, which ultimately would mean that he was always compared to Richie and would have to live in his shadow.

Miles did not want that. He keeps a low profile so that he can create his name in the field. He says that he’d like to be known as a fashion model rather than the son or brother of anyone, even if it is family. Miles signed a deal with a very reputed agency called Wilhelmina.

Now comes the youngest of the bunch, Sofia Richie. Sofia born to parents Lionel Richie and Diana Alexander followed his brother’s footsteps and is also a model. She started her career in modeling from teenage and to this date has worked with major brands like Adidas and Tommy Hilfiger. Diana is currently in a romantic relationship with Kourtney Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend Scott Disick, and the couple has been dating for more than two years now.

Lionel Richie Early Life

The American singer and songwriter Lionel Richie was born on June 20, 1949, in Tuskegee, Alabama, United States and are currently of age 69. He was born to parents Lionel Brockman Sr. and Alberta R. Foster.

Before deciding to take his road to become a musician, he had a sheer determination of becoming a priest. But after realizing he did not possess the quality in its entirety, he quit the thought and worked on his musical persona. He formed a funky band called Commodores during the mid-60s. However, in 1983, he was replaced by Skyler Jett.


He joined the Joliet Township High school located in Illinois. While young, Lionel was an avid tennis player and received a tennis scholarship that got him enrolled at the Tuskegee Institute. He later graduated with a bachelor of Science degree in economics.

Net Worth

He then started continuing solo and released major hits like Truly; You Are, My Love and many more. Later in his career, in 2017, he was announced to be a judge on the new American Idol season.

With millions of records sold worldwide, he currently has a net worth of $200 million. He is booked for shows that start from May 10, 2019, at the moment.

Social Reach

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