Lionel Richie is known for his hit songs “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “All Night Long,” and “Say You, Say Me.” He’s also one of the judges on American Idol. But how much do you know about Lionel Ritchie’s ex-wife, Diane Alexander?
Lionel Richie was married to his first wife, Brenda Harvey before meeting Diane Alexander. The couple was college sweethearts. They adopted their daughter, Nicole, whose biological family could no longer afford her needs. After 18 years of marriage, Richie and Harvey divorced in 1993.
Rumor has it that Richie started a relationship with Alexander while he was still married to Brenda Harvey, and this led to some serious drama when the couple was caught together. As a result of the argument, Richie’s first wife was arrested for assault and a slew of other charges, including resisting arrest. She also got into trouble with the law by vandalizing property or disrupting public peace.
After his divorce from Harvey in 1993, Richie married Diane Alexander in 1995. The couple has two children: Miles Brockman Richie and Sofia Richie. 26-years-old Miles was the subject of headlines in 2019 when he became involved in an altercation with a number of security guards was detained by police at Heathrow Airport. While 22-years-old Sofia Richie is a model with impressive credits to her name. She has walked for designers like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Jeremy Scott, and Philipp Plein. She is an Instagram star with over 6.5 million followers and received tons of media attention when she started dating Scott Disick (Kourtney Kardashian’s ex).
How did Diane Alexander and Richie meet?
Richie met Alexander in the music video for “Dancing on the Ceiling,” as one of the dancers. Unfortunately, after seven years of marriage, The couple split in 2003. Alexander requested $300,000 a month in spousal support.
According to Divorcemag.com, in Alexander’s income declaration, she described herself as a former waitress and dancer. She said that she and Richie had an “extraordinary, extravagant lifestyle” with money to spend. They could afford any luxury they wanted without limitations. Harvey went on to note that Richie “has never had a problem earning money. I know that he earns in excess of $300,000 per month because we have always comfortably spent at least that in any given month.”
The divorce was estimated to have cost Richie close to $20 million. Fortunately, Lionel Richie found love again with his current girlfriend, Lisa Parigi.
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