He’s sold over a hundred million albums and iconic crooner Lionel Richie has revealed he seduced women with the help of his best-selling record, Three Times A Lady.
Appearing on Piers Morgan: Life Stories; Lionel Richie, the 66-year-old was asked by the show’s host if he had ever made love to his own music.
He replied: ‘Absolutely not. You can’t even get into scandal with this. Let me tell you this, now wait, in the early days of Commodores maybe it was in the background.’
Piers asked: ‘Which particular song would you use?’
Lionel laughed: ‘It would be ‘Three Times A Lady’. I’m no fool, because that was our first worldwide hit.
Piers told him: ‘You’re lasting legacy for the world is that you have played a formative part probably in every man’s romantic history for the last 50 years. You have basically helped us all get laid.’
Lionel giggled: ‘Yes, but I wasn’t going to say it quite like that. But that is correct.
Piers told Lionel: ‘You’re lasting legacy for the world is that you have played a formative part probably in every man’s romantic history for the last 50 years. You have basically helped us all get laid’
‘The funniest thing Piers is that the ladies walk up to me everywhere in the world and they stop me and tell me how they were married or had a boyfriend, the whole thing, but guys don’t talk.
‘They just call my name and give me the official signal “Lionel!” [Lionel makes fist pump action]. That means thank you for everything.’
Lionel also talked about the famous sculpture of his head which appeared in his Hello video, but it soon transpired the artwork met a sticky end.
‘I tried to get rid of it as soon as possible,’ Lionel said. ‘Not realising that if I had just hung on to it and fired it, it would have been the most valuable piece ever on the planet!’
The star also talked about his adopted daughter Nicole’s former party lifestyle, which saw her checking into rehab after being arrested for drug possession in 2005.
Piers said: ‘Nicole became a huge star herself in The Simple Life with Paris Hilton. She fell off the rails and she got into drugs and the wrong kind of friends and was arrested for possession of heroin and went into rehab.
Close: The star also talked about his adopted daughter Nicole’s former party lifestyle, which saw her checking into rehab after being arrested for drug possession in 2005 – pictured together in 2012
‘That’s a fairly cataclysmic thing for any father to have to watch his beautiful, young daughter go through.’
Lionel said: ‘I got a phone call and she said “Dad I need help, I don’t want to be the third one [death].” And I said “I am with you” and I cancelled the tour.
‘I said “Me and your mother”, who didn’t get along that well, “Me and your mother are checking into rehab with you.”’
Today Nicole has settled down with musician husband Joel Madden, and they have two children Harlow, seven, and Sparrow, five.
‘That I was absolutely a minister of love and a hopeless romantic,’ he said.
‘And if I did nothing else in the world but bring a melody to the joys of the world and around the world that’s all I’m here for.’
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Lionel Richie, ITV, 9pm, Friday September 4.
His legacy: ‘And if I did nothing else in the world but bring a melody to the joys of the world and around the world that’s all I’m here for’