Who is Lionel Richie’s ex-wife? Diane Alexander Wiki Bio

Diane Alexander was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 16 June 1967 – her zodiac sign is Gemini and she holds American nationality. Diane is a former dancer and a fashion designer, who rose to prominence after she married Lionel Richie, an American singer, songwriter and TV personality.

Early life and education

Diane was raised a single child in Los Angeles by her parents – her mother was a housewife while her father was a factory worker.

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She attended a high school in Los Angeles, where she became interested in dancing and began taking lessons – after matriculation, she started working to support herself, and didn’t enroll at college.

Diane’s career

Diane launched her career as a fashion designer in her 20s, but stopped working after she married Lionel Richie. She was also a dancer who has been a member of several dance groups throughout the years, and danced in several movies, including “Forget Paris” shot in 1995 which stars Billy Crystal ad Debra Winger. Diane was also featured in the “Dancing on the Ceiling” music video by Lionel.

Love life and marriage with Lionel Richie

Diane and Lionel Richie met in 1986, when he was still married to Brenda Harvey. Lionel and Diane kept their relationship a secret until his wife Brenda caught the two in 1988 in a hotel room in Beverly Hills after she learned their whereabouts, as dressed as room service entered their room. Brenda instantly filed for divorce, but it wasn’t finalized until 1993 – Diane and Lionel continued their relationship, and married in 1995.

In 1994 Diane gave birth to their son Miles Brockman Richie, while they welcomed their daughter Sofia Richie on 24 August 1998 – Sofia has since become a popular model. The two divorced in 2003, marked as the most expensive in the history of famous people – soon afterwards, Diane was arrested on charges of trespassing and vandalizing.

Diane is now dating Dave Kenney who is the Ventura County Sheriff – the two met in 2010 and became engaged in November 2015.

Hobbies and other interests

Diane is a big fan of the film industry, and her favorite actor and actress are Robert Downey, Jr. and Jennifer Aniston – her favorite movies are the “Iron Man” franchise and “Just Go With It”. She travelled all around the world with Lionel, and travelling in one of her main hobbies, while her dream travel destination is Miami. She enjoys going shopping and her favorite color is red.

Diane Alexander

She likes listening to music in her spare time, and is very keen on her ex-husband’s music – some of the bands she enjoys listening to are The Lumineers and The Paperkites. She likes tasting various cuisines, and her favorite is continental food. Diane is a big lover of animals, and has had several pets over the years – she now has a dog and a cat.

Appearance and net worth

Diane is 52 years old, with long brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5ft 9ins (175m) tall, weighs around 148lbs (67kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-26-35.

She wears shoes size eight. Her net worth is over $2 million, while Lionel’s net worth is over $200 million.

Who is Lionel Richie, Diane’s ex-husband?

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. was born in Tuskegee, Alabama USA, on 20 June 1949 – his zodiac sign is Gemini and he holds American nationality. Lionel is a singer, songwriter, and an actor,  best known for his singles such as “Hello” and “Say You, Say Me”. Lionel was raised in Tuskegee by his mother Alberta R. Foster and his father Lionel Brockman Richie Sr. – he attended Joilet Township High School, East Campus in Illinois.

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He played tennis at high school, and began attending Tuskegee Institute on a tennis scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics 1972 – he was apparently planning on becoming a priest in the Episcopal Church, but eventually launched a career as a singer.

While attending Tuskegee, he created an R&B band, and in 1968 joined the Commodores as their singer and a saxophonist – the band released many albums which were recognizable by their funky sound, while Lionel started writing romantic songs and ballads such as “Three Times a Lady” and “Sail On”.

In 1978, he started writing songs for other musicians such the “Lady” song for Kenny Rogers, which topped the charts in 1980. In 1983, Lionel left the Commodores and was replaced by Skyler Jett.

He launched his solo career in 1982 with the release of his self-titled album which sold over four million copies, and Lionel soon became an international solo star. His most successful song was “Hello” which he released in 1984, while his other three big hits were “Running with the Night”, “Stuck on You”, and “Penny Lover”. Lionel was invited to perform on the main stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on 7 May 2006, and his eighth album, “Coming Home” was released four months later.

He became the host of his own show – “An Audience with Lionel Richie” – on 9 December 2006. Lionel is a phenomenon in several Arab states, especially in Egypt, Morocco and Libya where he has performed on multiple occasions. Brenda Harvey was Lionel’s college sweetheart, and the two married on 18 October 1975 – they began raising Nicole Camille Escovedo in 1983 when she was two years old, and legally adopted her in 1990.

Lionel is a philanthropist who has helped raise more than $3 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and performed at the Foundation’s Soiree Bouquet in 2003 – his mother fought breast cancer when she was in her ‘80s, won the fight and lived to be 103 years old.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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