Saturday 16 December 2017

'I used to make love to Three Times A Lady', admits superstar singer Lionel Richie

Lionel Ritchie
Lionel Ritchie

Global superstar Lionel Richie has said he has never made love to his own music.

The Hello singer told Piers Morgan "absolutely not" when asked, but did confess that when he was in the Commodores it was a different story.

Appearing on Morgan's Life Stories, he said: "It would be Three Times A Lady. I'm no fool, because that was our first worldwide hit."

Over the years, Richie has made headlines for his music and personal life.

In 1968, he joined the Commodores as a saxophonist and singer and enjoyed a long career with the band.

He duetted with Diana Ross in 1981 on the sound-track for the film Endless Love, and the song was so successful it prompted him to start exploring a solo career. The following year he released his self-titled debut album.

In 1984 he released Hello, which went on to become a worldwide phenomenon.

Richie adopted his daughter, Nicole, after seeing her on stage at a Prince concert in 1984. She was the daughter of a bandmate, and he stepped in to care for her.

Nicole's party lifestyle was splashed across tabloids many times. Richie revealed that he cancelled a tour he was on following a phone call from her, asking for help.

"I said, 'Me and your mother are checking into rehab with you'," he told Morgan.


These days Nicole is on the straight and narrow, married to musician Joel Madden and mother to two children.

When asked by Morgan how he felt about becoming a grandfather, Richie said: "It scared me to death. I'm in tight pants and she is saying 'Grandpa'. All of a sudden the word 'sexy' goes out of your life right quick."

Richie's marriages and divorces have been headlines in their own right.

His first wife, Brenda, was his university sweetheart, but the marriage fell to pieces after she caught him with his girlfriend, Diane.

"It was my fault mainly," he said. "The best thing was I fell in love, the worst thing was I was still married. Yikes."

An altercation between Diane and Brenda led to the police being called, and Richie described it as "a thrilla in Manila. It was more screaming and hollering than it was fighting".

He married Diane and they had two children, Miles and Sofia, but divorced in 2004.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories airs is on ITV tomorrow at 9pm.

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