Lionel Richie knew he had a connection with Nicole the minute he saw her for the first time. After finding out her family had issues, he most selflessly offered himself to her and her parents.
During a 2016 episode of Huffington Post’s “Talk To Me” series, Lionel Richie and his daughter, Nicole Richie, interviewed each other. While attending a Prince concert in 1983, the singer revealed that he met the child he was meant to adopt in the future.
Nicole, two at the time, was seen playing the tambourine on stage with Prince in Los Angeles. Lionel got to meet her backstage after the event, and he realized he knew the little girl’s parents.
Lionel Richie interviewed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on April 19, 2019, and his daughter Nicole Richie at the Omega/Itzhak Pearlman Award Ceremonies Dinner in New York City on September 5, 1985 | Photos: YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live & Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
Peter Michael Escovedo, Nicole’s father, was Lionel’s drummer while her mother, Karen Moss, worked as a backstage assistant. The parents could not support their daughter, and Lionel realized that her “family situation was falling apart.”
The “Hello” singer immediately wanted to assist. So he and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey-Richie, decided to give Nicole some stability by being her legal guardians or foster parents and nothing more.
Lionel and Nicole Richie at the “The Truth About Diamonds” book signing at the Virgin Mega Store in Times Square on November 10, 2005, in New York City | Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images
According to a June 2013 Telegraph article, Lionel and Brenda started fostering little Nicole at the tender age of three. However, before that, in the Huffington Post interview, the artist revealed that he and his wife were worried about Nicole going on tour with her parents when she was three.
They knew she needed stability and to be stationary. He and his wife offered to keep the little girl with them, which ended up happening for two years, but they realized Nicole’s family situation was getting much worse.
Lionel Richie at the 58th Annual Academy Awards on March 24, 1986, in Los Angeles,…