Who is Lionel Richie’s ex-wife Diane Alexander? Wiki-Bio, Career, Net Worth, Current relationship, Children.

While music legend Lionel Richie has received worldwide fame for his musical achievements, his personal life is less successful. While he could not get things to work in two of his marriages, the third time seems to be the charm for him. The man is currently enjoying a loving relationship with his long-time girlfriend, Lisa Parigi. Before Parigi, Lionel was married twice, once to Brenda Harvey-Richie (m. 1975–1993) and then to Diane Alexander (m. 1995–2004). While both marriages did not work out, Lionel had some of his best years with his second wife, Diane Alexander. Diane Alexander is more than just his ex-wife. She is a woman of many talents and achievements, who has carved her own niche in the entertainment industry. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Diane Alexander.

Wiki/Bio Facts

Birth date16 June 1967
Birth placeLos Angeles, California, USA
Zodiac signGemini
Marital statusDivorced
Ex-husbandLionel Richie (m. 1995-2004)
Relationship statusIn a relationship
Current partnerDave Kenney
ChildrenMiles Brockman Richie (son) and Sofia Richie (daughter)
Professiondancer, choreographer and actress
Net worthN/A
Famous forBeing the ex-wife of Lionel Richie and appearing in his music video ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’

Early Life and meeting Lionel

Diane Alexander was born on June 16, 1967, in Los Angeles, California, USA . Little is known about Alexander’s early life, parents and siblings. Details including or education status have never been revealed to the media. She had a passion for dancing since she was young and pursued it as a career. She performed in the closing ceremonies at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where she met Lionel Richie for the first time. He was singing his hit song “All Night Long” and she was one of the dancers. Two years later, she appeared as a dancer in his music video “Dancing on the Ceiling” (1986), which was one of the most expensive and elaborate productions at the time.

At that point, Lionel Richie was already married to his first wife, Brenda Harvey Richie, whom he had known since college. However, Lionel Richie and Diane Alexander began an affair that lasted for several years.

Diane Alexander with her ex-husband Lionel Richie.
Diane Alexander with her ex-husband Lionel Richie.

Exposed by his first wife and legal troubles

While Lionel has never confirmed or denied the rumor, it is known that he began dating Alexander while still married to his first wife, Brenda Harvey. It is said that in 1988, Harvey found Alexander and Lionel together in a hotel in Beverly Hills apartment after she pretended she was from room service. Following the incident, Brenda was arrested for spousal abuse, trespassing, and vandalism after attacking her husband. The People’s magazine reported the incident as,

“According to police, Brenda found her husband with Alexander and promptly drop-kicked him sharply in what everyone is delicately referring to as the ‘stomach area.’”

It is believed that Lionel called up the authorities to say that he had been assaulted by his wife. The charges were later dropped at a later date.

Personal life

Alexander and Lionel tied the knot in 1995 and stayed together nine years before calling things off in 2004. In their time together, Diane gave birth to Miles Brockman born on 27th May 1994, and Sofia Richie born on 24th August 1998. After the pair called things off in 2004, Alexander sought $300,000 a month in child support from Richie after their divorce. The divorce papers cited irreconcilable differences for the reason for the pair’s divorce. The court declaration also included a yearly expense of $20,000 for plastic surgery, $15,000 for clothing, and $3,000 for dermatology. While the amounts were certainly surprising, it was nothing when compared to the lifestyle Alexander and Lionel had. Talking to Divorce Magazine, Alexander revealed,

“[Lionel] and I had an extraordinary, extravagant lifestyle. We regularly spent in excess of $300,000 a month. We could comfortably afford to spend unlimited sums of money on everything and anything we chose. I had no limit on what I could spend.”

While Alexander worked as a waitress, dancer, and clothing designer, during her early years, she quit her job to marry Lionel. Following the divorce, Alexander has been quiet in social media and is barely mentioned by either Richie or the media.

Current Relationship Status and Fiancé

Diane Alexander has moved on from her past relationship and found love again. She is currently in a relationship with Dave Kenney, a commander at Ventura County sheriff’s office. They have been dating for several years and announced their engagement in 2015. There is no news about them getting married yet, but they seem to be happy together.

Professional Career

Diane Alexander is a woman of many talents and passions. She has had a professional career as a dancer, choreographer and actress. She has also gained fame as the ex-wife of Lionel Richie.

Diane Alexander started her career as a dancer, performing in the closing ceremonies at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She also appeared as a dancer in his music video “Dancing on the Ceiling” in 1986. She later became a choreographer for the 1990 television movie “Laker Girls”.

Diane Alexander has also starred in a few movies as an actress, besides dancing. She played a minor role of a dancer in the romantic comedy film “Forget Paris” in 1995. She also played the lead role of Maddy in the thriller movie “Dead of Winter” in 2018.

Net Worth

She hasn’t revealed her exact net worth until now, even though she has had a professional career as a dancer, choreographer and actress.

Physical Traits

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Shoe SizeN/A
Bra SizeN/A
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorBlack

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