Last Night, Lionel Richie appeared on British show Piers Morgan: Life Stories where he talked about his widely interesting life. Here are all the highlights of his musings about Nicole Richie, taken from PopSugar which is easier to read as opposed to the article I posted yesterday from the Mirror.
On meeting Nicole as a child and talking to her parents about taking her in: “I went to a Prince concert and there on the stage in the middle of the concert was this four-year-old kid playing the tambourine. So I went backstage and I knew the mother and I knew the father [Karen Moss and Peter Michael Escovedo] and, of course, they were having difficulties with their relationship. I said, ‘While you are having the difficulty, the kid is sitting out here in limbo so I’ll tell you what I’ll do, just put the kid in my house until the tour is over with and then we will sort this out later’.”
On falling in love with Nicole and becoming “Dad”: “So it took about maybe a year for me to just fall in love and she was a little button, and of course by that time I was Dad and so I said, ‘OK, here is what we are going to do: you’re going to make everyone wish that they had adopted you. You are going to make everyone in your family wish they actually had a chance to get you back,’ and that’s when I said, ‘Let’s adopt her.'”
On Nicole’s 2003 arrest for heroin possession and persuading her to go to rehab: “I went to her and I said, ‘When I was growing up I lost three friends, they were the hippest friends I ever knew in life . . . I said, ‘It’s going to happen to your generation. I don’t want you to be in that list of three.’ Three months later her friend died of an overdose and I went back to her and very quietly, I said, ‘I am sorry to hear that, that’s one.’ And sure enough, one year later the second one died and I said, ‘That’s two’ and I got a phone call and she said, ‘Dad I need help, I don’t want to be the third one.'”
On staying by Nicole’s side through her treatment: “I said, ‘I am with you’ and I cancelled [my] tour. I said, ‘Me and your mother [Brenda Richie]’ — who didn’t get along that well — ‘Me and your mother are checking into rehab with you.'”
On the show, in a pre-recorded clip, Nicole Richie said “I am so proud of him. I love standing next to him and taking this walk in life with him.”