Diane might not have been known if she was not married to Lionel Richie. Diane Alexander started her career as an entertainer and danced her way to the hearts of Lionel Richie, the “Hello!” crooner. Diane has remained in the spotlight ever since. Who is Diane?
Early Life And Education
Diane Alexander was born on 16 June 1967 under the Gemini zodiac sign in Los Angeles, California USA. She is American by birth and Caucasian. Although little is known about her parents’ identities, it is believed that she was the only child of her father and mother.
Diane was a student at a local high school and quickly discovered a passion for dancing. She took classes and participated in art projects. Although she graduated, she didn’t go on to college. Instead, she started working as a dancer and designer to make ends meet.
She began working in fashion and dancing in her 20s. She was a member of many dance societies and featured as a dancer on the 1995 film “Forget Paris”. She was also in the “Lake Girls”, the “Dead of Winter”, and the video for Lionel Richie, her ex-husband’s single, “Dancing on the Ceiling”.
She has three children: a husband, a divorce, and a marriage.
Lionel was still married at that time to Brenda Harvey, his ex-wife. Born in Alabama, the USA to Alberta and Lionel Richie, Lionel Brockman Richie was on 20 June 1949. Joliet Township High school in Illinois was where he learned to play tennis. Later, he was awarded a tennis scholarship that allowed him to enroll at Tuskegee Institute. After graduating with an Economics degree, he was on his way to becoming a priest. He then decided to pursue a career as a musician.
Lionel was already playing saxophone and as a musician, while he was at the Institute. He also started writing love songs for other artists, such as Kenny Rogers, whose hit song “Lady” was a creation of Lionel. The young musician made the decision to start his solo career in 1982. He later released his self-titled debut album which sold more than 4 million copies around the world. This was followed by several more solo albums, including “Penny Lover”, “Running with the Night” and “Hello”. His music reached places like Morocco, Egypt, and Libya across international borders and languages. According to legend, his song “All Night Long” was played during the invasion of Baghdad by the US military.
Lionel met his first wife Brenda in college and they began dating. They were married in 1975 and adopted Nicole Richie. Her biological parents had been struggling to take care of her. After her divorce from Lionel, she revealed that Brenda had overindulged her daughter and named Michael Jackson as her godfather. This could explain the tabloid scandals Nicole was involved with and Paris Hilton’s partying antics. Joel Madden is her husband and they have a daughter and a son. Although there was no crisis at their home, Brenda and Lionel separated later. However, it was during this time that Diane and Lionel were said to have had an affair. Lionel married Diane two years later, on 21 December 1995. They had two children: Miles Brockman, who was born in 1994, as well as Sofia, who was born four years later.
Miles is a model, and he has said that he wants to be his own person and not follow the example of other celebrities. Their daughter, also a professional model, has worked for major brands like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Philipp Plein. She’s a socialite who enjoys being around celebrities like Scott Disick, who was an ex-of-Kourtney Kardashian. This generated lots of media attention. Sofia says her father is the one who has artistic genes. She stated in 2017 that her dad’s ‘outside-the-box thinking” helps her think and create. According to Divorcemag.com, Diane was said to have lived a luxurious lifestyle with her husband. She also spent money on anything she wanted. It is not surprising that they parted ways in 2003.
Diane has moved on with her life. It is believed that she dated Dave Kenney in 2015 and became engaged to him. Richie, however, is also rumored to be in a relationship with Lisa Parigi, an entrepreneur. He stated in a 2019 interview with People Magazine that falling in love is not something you control and how you can make it work is up to you.
She enjoys watching movies that star her favorite actors, Robert Downey Jr., and Jennifer Aniston. One of Diane’s favorites is “Iron Man”.
She loves luxury shopping and traveling to top destinations, especially Miami.
She is also a huge music fan, especially songs by “The Paperkites”, the “Lumineers”, and, not surprisingly: Lionel Richie.
She’s open to trying new foods, especially continental cuisines when it comes to food.
She is a pet owner of a cat and a dog.
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Although her source of income remains unknown, her net worth has been estimated at $2 million. Her ex-husband gave her allowances.