Practically everybody knows Lionel Richie. After all, his songs are still used till this day at candlelit dinners, wedding proposals, wedding ceremonies, and every other thing that has a bit of romance in it. His ex-wife, Diane Alexander isn’t as popular though. However, no one ever gets married to a celebrity and remains a mystery. Join us as we tell you everything there is to know about Diane Alexander
Diane Alexander’s Bio
Diane Alexander was born on the 16th of June 1967. She is a very private woman and despite having been in the eyes of the world due to her personal career as well as her relationship with Lionel Richie, little is known about her background. What is known, however, is that she was a dancer and a fashion designer before she got involved with Lionel Richie. Apart from these, she also dabbled into acting with credits in the movies like “Forget Paris” and “Lake Girls”. Also, she had a feature on one of Richie’s music videos, the one for the song titled “Dancing on the Ceiling”.
While not much is known about the life of this woman who captured the heart of the iconic Lionel Richie, we can say with certainty that she’s charismatic and had a beauty overseen by Venus herself for she stole Lionel Richie’s heart even while he was still married (although he was separated).
Relationship with Lionel Richie
Diane Alexander and Lionel Richie first met in 1984 at that year’s Olympic games. Richie was at that event as a performer and he performed one of his most popular and romantic songs, “All Night Long”. According to reports, they had a strong attraction for each other even then. It wasn’t until 1986, however, that the two will begin a relationship.
This relationship would stay secret for the next two years until 1988 when Richie’s then-wife, Brenda Harvey, called at the hotel in Beverly Hills where Richie and Diane were having a tryst. She somehow found out the room in which they were staying, pretended to be room service in order to gain access into the room where she caught her husband red-handed. All hell broke loose and Brenda was afterward arrested for trespassing, vandalism and spousal abuse. All of these charges were dropped thereafter.
This incident did not result in a divorce at the time as they remained married for the next five (5) years until 1993 when they divorced.
After Lionel’s divorce from Brenda was finalized, Richie and Diane’s relationship proceeded in top gear. They had their first child together, a boy by the name of Miles Brockman Richie, in May 1994. A year later, they took their vows and tied the knot. This was then followed by the birth of another child, a girl this time, in 1998.
For the next 5 years, it was love in paradise. Their marriage wasn’t meant to be though as they got divorced in October 2003. The reason for their divorce was cited as irreconcilable differences with claims that they had drifted apart over the years. As at that time, their divorce was one of the most expensive celebrity divorces with Diane demanding $300,000 in alimony from Richie.
Post-divorce and Other Facts About Diane Alexander
Diane Alexander is notorious for keeping her life private and away from the public eyes; this trend continued after her much-publicized divorce from Richie. News, however, surfaced in 2015 that she was engaged to a certain Dave Kenney, a handsome man who worked at the Ventura County Sheriff. Nothing more surfaced apart from speculations that they are now married.
Diane Alexander got the attention of the public again when her daughter, Sofia, started dating a much older man, Scott Disick. Disick was a member of the Kardashian clan at one time and he has apparently moved on and found love with Sofia.
Not much is known about Diane these days. She and Richie still remain friends to this day though as per reports. She also maintains her beautiful looks which have led many to speculate that she has had plastic surgery.
Her children (Miles and Sofia) followed in her footsteps. They both work in the fashion and design industry as models.