Lionel Richie Jokes His Daughter Nicole’s Roaring Twenties ‘Almost Killed Me’

Lionel Richie has joked that he barely survived his daughter Nicole Richie’s Roaring Twenties in the early 2000s.

The 73-year-old singer joined Drew Barrymore for Thursday’s episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show” in which they discussed Barrymore’s friendship with Nicole, 41. The “Never Been Kissed” actress noted that the two grew up together and were “dear.” friends” for “years”.

“We’re part of this little wolf pack, and I think Nicole and I have figured out how to have so much fun and then come together and be, like, really good moms,” Barrymore said.

“I don’t even know how it happened,” Richie joked.


Lionel Richie has joked how the wildest years of Drew Barrymore and his daughter Nicole “almost killed him”. (Getty)

“You know, as parents, you’re like, ‘This is going to be a disaster.'”

The four-time Grammy winner referenced his daughter’s celebratory days with former “The Simple Life” co-star Paris Hilton.

“Because Nicole and Paris, let’s talk about it… When they started — I mean, if I’ve been through this, I can go through anything,” Richie said.

The ‘Easy’ hitmaker recalled how the women formed “this little committee” which he called the “little committee”.

“And then you say, ‘There’s no way this will turn into a family with husbands and children,'” he said. “No way, and then they turned out perfectly.”

“We did great,” Barrymore said as he knelt down in front of Richie and gave him a hug.

Barrymore recalled how she and Nicole had been close friends for years.

Barrymore recalled how she and Nicole had been close friends for years. (Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)

“Maybe I should sit with you,” Richie joked.

The Golden Globe Award winner told her, “I also think that we took everything out of our systems.”

“Love to hear it from your side of the story,” Richie replied. “So let me give you my side of the story.”

“Y’all almost killed me,” he added as Barrymore laughed. “I’m so glad you got it out of your system. I almost shut my system down. You know what I mean? I almost blacked out.”

Richie recalls receiving phone calls late at night about his daughter’s run-ins with law enforcement. He referenced Nicole’s DUI in 2006 after the 25-year-old was caught driving the wrong way on a Los Angeles freeway.

“Some nights I would get a phone call, ‘Uh, Mr. Richie?’ ‘Yes.’ “He’s the sheriff of such a county. We have Nicole here.” And I’m like, ‘What did she do now?’ “Well, she took the wrong way on the freeway.”

Richie recalled Nicole's party days with her former "simple life" co-star Paris Hilton.

Richie recalled Nicole’s party days with her former “The Simple Life” co-star Paris Hilton. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“And I’m like, ‘That’s not possible, is it?’

“All I want to know is who is going to reimburse me for all these drugs I took? Richie joked. “That’s all I care about.”

“We will both! Barrymore joked.

“Someone said to me, ‘How did you survive all this?’ Richie called back as he gestured between him and Barrymore.

“And I said, ‘I was somewhere between meditation and medication.'”

Barrymore laughed noting that Richie must be looking forward to seeing her and Nicole take care of their own kids when they get older.

“You’re just excited for all of us to have a little parental reward, aren’t you?” asked the mother of two.

“Oh yeah, you know I am,” Richie said as they kissed.

Richie and his ex-wife Brenda Harvey informally adopted Nicole when she was 2 years old and officially adopted her when she was 9 years old.

Richie and his ex-wife Brenda Harvey informally adopted Nicole when she was 2 years old and officially adopted her when she was 9 years old. (Christopher Polk/ACMA2012/Getty Images for ACM)

The Alabama native recalled his own parents “loving it” when he complained about his daughter’s wild moments.

“I came home one day and said, ‘Mom, dad, can you believe this? That’s what happens,'” he recalls. “My dad started laughing hysterically, and then I realized, ‘They’re doing the same thing I did to my parents.’ Worse still because they do it in Beverly Hills, and the problem is that it would never be allowed in Alabama.


“In Beverly Hills, it’s ‘Oh it’s okay, Lionel, they’re supposed to be able to have fun.’ No, no, no. Take my child, pull my child in the car and bring him home. But in Los Angeles, it’s this freedom and justice for all. No, there is no freedom and justice.

“But, see, it’s freedom and justice here,” Richie said, patting Barrymore’s hand.

“We do,” she replied.

“You’re doing great,” he said, nodding and kissing her cheek.


The singer and his ex-wife Brenda Harvey informally adopted Nicole, who was the biological daughter of a member of his band, when she was 2 years old. They formalized the adoption when she was 9 years old.

Nicole shares daughter Harlow, 15, and son Sparrow, 13, with husband Joel Madden, 44. Barrymore is mother to daughters Olive, 10, and Frankie, 8, whom she shares with ex-husband Will Kopelman, 44.

Hilton, 42, and husband Carter Reum, 42, welcomed their first child, son Phoenix, in January.

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