To date, Lionel Richie is unarguably one of the most talented musicians on the face of the planet. The greatness of his voice made millions around the world worship his music and wonder what the man behind the melody is like. Many of his fans also yearned to know him better but so far, only two women have gotten the chance to come closer to him more than the rest of the world. These are his two ex-wives, Brenda Harvey-Richie and Diane Alexander.
Richie’s relationship with Diane Alexander started on a somewhat scandalous note in the 80s. They, however, weathered the storm and were able to formalize their romance. The couple’s union lasted for nearly a decade and they looked set to ride off into the sunset together. All these hopes, however, came crashing in the year 2005, leaving in its wake, broken dreams and unfulfilled pledges.
The Scandalous Truth About Their Love Story
Diane Alexander’s claim to fame comes from her marriage to Lionel Richie. However, before we unravel that story, it is pertinent to note that she was born on the 16th of June, 1967 somewhere in the United States. Professionally, she has worked in a myriad of roles ranging from waitressing, dancing, and fashion designing. She has also acted in two films – Forget Paris and Lake Girls. So, how did the meet cute go down?
Well, legend has it that Diane Alexander first met her superstar ex-husband at the closing ceremony of the 1986 Olympics held in Los Angeles. At that time, Richie was at the height of his solo career after breaking away from The Commodores. He dropped several hit singles back-to-back and as such, many thronged his performances for a chance to simply watch the master live. Some more optimistic ones wished to get a picture or an autograph from him but Diane Alexander got a little much more.
During the closing ceremony held in August 1984, the dancer was opportune to meet Lionel Richie in person and they developed an instant attraction for each other. That attraction later morphed into an affair in 1986 while Richie was still married to his college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey. He and Brenda had tied the knot as far back as 1975 but things deteriorated between them subsequently. Diane and Richie carried on with their affair for two years before Brenda subsequently discovered them in Diane’s Beverly Hills apartment in June of 1988.
All hell let loose as the lady went ballistic on both her husband and his mistress. She beat them up until the cops were called in. Brenda was charged with several offences, including battery, vandalism, trespassing, disturbing the peace, and causing corporal injury to a spouse. She was however released on bail later. Following the whole ruckus, Richie filed for divorce from his wife. The divorce was finalized in 1993, leaving him and Diane free to marry each other, which they did on the 21st of December 1995.
How They Enjoyed a Lavish Family Life
Diane Alexander and Lionel Richie spent a total of nine years as man and wife. Prior to their nuptials, the couple had already welcomed a son, Miles Brockman Richie, who was born on the 27th of May 1994. After they got married, they also had another child, Sofia Richie, who was born on the 24th of August 1998.
Diane and her husband dedicated themselves to giving their kids a stable childhood amidst the spotlight of Hollywood. They also lived a lavish life filled with expensive boarding schools, pricey gifts for the kids, and palatial houses, including a 30-room Beverly Hills mansion worth $40 million. With two adorable children and an exquisite lifestyle, Diane and Richie supposedly had all they needed to have a long-lasting union. This illusion was however shattered some years down the line.
Saying Goodbye to Each Other
Diane Alexander filed for divorce from her husband in the year 2004, citing irreconcilable differences. She never disclosed the real reason for the split but sources close to the couple stated that the separation was due to the demanding nature of Richie’s career. The crooner had gone back to an active music career, following several years of hiatus, and his busy schedule put a strain on the couple’s romance which Diane couldn’t cope with.
In her divorce filings, the former dancer asked for $300,000 in spousal and child support monthly, asserting that her husband had no problems making money. She also stated that they spent much more than this each month with specific sums going to several luxury expenses.
Richie, of course, contested these assertions and the court ended up awarding Diane a settlement of about $20 million which ranks as one of the most expensive divorces in Hollywood history. Diane and Richie have now gone their separate ways but they still maintain a cordial relationship, probably for the sake of their kids.
They have also found love in other people’s arms. Diane is now in a relationship with a local sheriff known as Dave Kenney while Richie is dating model/entrepreneur, Lisa Parigi. The singer has mooted the possibility of having kids with Lisa but maintains that marriage is still a sore area for him.
Meet Miles and Sofia Richie, What Are They Up To?
Asides her budding romance with Dave Kenney, Diane Alexander is also dedicating her energies towards her kids. Her son, Miles, is a professional model and is signed to one of the biggest agencies in the world – Wilhelmina. He has walked the runway at many fashion shows and also strutted his stuff for several fashion brands.
Miles often avoids the spotlight and this is because of his fervent desire to carve a reputation for himself rather than living off his father’s name. The young man, however, generated some unpleasant headlines in January 2019 after threatening to detonate a bomb in a London Airport. This expensive hoax was because he was not allowed to board a flight, and he was subsequently cautioned by the police.
On the other hand, Sofia is also generating headlines of her own but for an entirely different reason. She is equally a professional model as well as an Instagram influencer. Sofia Richie has worked for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Fendi, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, and Adidas. She has also appeared on the cover of several magazines, including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Tattler, and Billboard.
Asides her career exploits, Sofia is also in a well-publicized relationship with reality TV star, and Kourtney Kardashian’s ex-husband, Scott Disick. The two have been together since 2017 and their 15-year age gap has raised a few eyebrows. Diane has however given her seal of approval, describing Scott as a really good guy, and her daughter, as a really wise person.