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He's dealt with jealous Commodores, a punchy ex wife, and he fathered Nicole Richie. Guess which one of these episodes was the truly traumatic life experience. From the AP:
"It's not easy raising a celebutante. Take it from Lionel Richie. The singer was accepting the "Icon" honor at Sunday night's taping of the TV Land Awards, when he got applause and a laugh at daughter Nicole's expense.
"'Forget about surviving 40 years in the music business,' Lionel Richie told the audience. 'Just surviving 27 years of Nicole Richie has been a struggle-and-a-half, I want to tell you. I stand here as a survivor, I want you to know, for all the parents out there.'"
We feel your pain, Lionel. Every father dreads the day their daughter comes home and introduces Paris Hilton as her BFF. But we know, in the end, Lionel will convert that trauma into some mellow easy listening sweetness. Because "Say You, Say Me" can only be properly construed as naught else but a sonic confection.