Youngest daughter of singer Lionel Richie, Sofia Richie celebrates her 22nd birthday, this Monday, August 24, 2020. For the occasion, Closer invites you to learn more about the famous American model and in particular to discover who is her mother, Diane Alexander, second wife of his father. Former dancer and fashion designer, the young woman, unknown before dating Lionel Richie, appeared in the films Lake Girls, released in 1990, and Forget Paris, released in 1995, as a dancer.
It was in 1984 that Diane Alexander met Lionel Richie during the Los Angeles Olympic Games ceremony. The only problem: the singer was still in a relationship with Brenda Harvey, his first wife. The latter had surprised Lionel and his mistress in a hotel room. Furious, she then threatened the one who was still her husband and was arrested and prosecuted. In December 1995, the dancer and singer of Say you, say me got married. The couple gave birth to two children: Miles, born in 1994, and Sofia, born in 1998.
Divorce in 2003 and heavy child support
In 2003, the couple divorced after seven years of marriage. Diane Alexander then asks Lionel Richie for a very large sum of money. In total, the singer must pay her $ 300,000 per month for her and their children. However, Sofia and Miles’ parents are still very close today. Since 2015, Diane Alexander shares her life with Dave Kenney, her new companion. Sofia’s mother was one of the few in the family to come to terms with her daughter’s relationship with Scott Disick, whom she broke up with a few weeks ago.
Sofia Richie and her mother, Diane Alexander © Backgrid USA