There was a time when Lionel Richie was known primarily for making dumb videos with dreadful clay Lionel Richie heads, and then for singing tall tales about some people dancing on a ceiling. What Lionel Richie would give to go back to those glory days.
Now, you see, Lionel Richie's fame has been eclipsed by that of his adopted daughter Nicole Richie, who has made a living out of deliberately being shit at any job she's tried her hand at and never eating any food. And this has reduced Lionel Richie's status to a sort of permanent Nicole Richie weight commentator. So much so that Lionel Richie has given a TV interview where he's admitted being a "basket case" over Nicole Richie's skinny fame.
Lionel Richie famously wrote the song Ballerina Girl about Nicole Richie. However, if he was to write a song about Nicole Richie now, chances are it'd be called Fucking Hell Nicole Richie, Eat A Biscuit Or Something Would You? Because, once again, Lionel Richie is going spare at how skinny his daughter is. The last time any of this happened was when Nicole split up with her old fiance and Lionel put Nicole's weightloss down to stress.
Her father's worry finally made Nicole Richie admit that she was getting a bit skinny. It also made her start cracking on to 11-year-old boys, but that's probably less relevant. But despite acknowledging her problem, Lionel Richie is still worried by gossip about Nicole's skinny little belly, as he told Access Hollywood:
"I'll be honest with you, it hurts me more than it hurts her. I must tell you, I'm the basket case… what are fathers for if you can't point the finger every once in a while. I think the good part of it is she is aware of it… She has heard this all of her life from me, so this is just a continuation of the reminder."
Meanwhile, it's rumoured that Nicole Richie is following Paris Hilton's reggae flavoured lead and is taking steps to join the music industry. Probably as a mic stand.
[story by Stuart Heritage]