Celebrities are famous both for the good times of their lives and also at the time things don’t go too well for them. Diane Alexander is one of such celebrities whose high profile relationship with legendary musician Lionel Richie and their marriage afterward got a lot of people interested in her. Similarly, when they divorced, it was also a high profile one being one of the most expensive celebrity divorce cases of that time.
Since then, Alexander has moved on with life and is reportedly in a relationship with another man. Find out all about it here in addition to knowing about her background and what career she pursued.
Diane Alexander Bio (Age and Ethnicity)
Diane Alexander was born under the Gemini Zodiac sign on the 16th of June 1967 in the United States of America. Sadly, despite being a celebrity, not much is known about her parents, childhood, and whether or not she has siblings. Diane has been very discrete with regards to revealing details about her background and who constitute her family members. Despite the paucity of information about her background, she has been reported in several places to be of white ethnicity and an American national.
Prior to her well-publicized relationship with Lionel, Diane had a career as a dancer and fashion designer. In addition to this, she also made some appearances on television. First, it was her starring in films like Forget Paris and Lake Girls before she was featured on Lionel Richie’s music video, “Dancing on the Ceiling.”
Beyond this few facts, not much is known about the celebrity’s personal life, but seeing that she dated and even married one of the most celebrated men in music, we can say with confidence that Diane Alexander had a lot of things going for her. She had the looks and charisma that stole the heart of Lionel who at the time was still in a marital relationship though separated.
Family – Husband and Children
Diane Alexander has only been married once, she began a relationship with Lionel Richie in 1986 at a time when the music star was still legally married to his college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey.
Diane and Richie first met each other in the 1984 Olympic games where Richie performed his song “All Night Long” at the closing ceremony of the games. As it is, there was a strong attraction between the duo as they soon began a relationship. At this point, Richie’s college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey was still in the picture – they were still married although separated.
It was in 1988 that all that had been going on behind Richie’s college sweetheart and then-wife, Brenda Harvey became public knowledge. She called at Beverly Hills hotel where Lionel Richie and Diane Alexander were staying in a room, faked to be room service and on entering the room and beholding the scene, she pounced on her cheating husband before she was restrained and arrested.
Brenda was arrested on the grounds of trespassing, spousal abuse, and vandalism. However, all the charges would come to be dropped later. Their supposed marriage tarried on till 1993 when they finally divorced after 17 years of being married.
With Brenda out of the picture, Diane Alexander had Lionel Richie all to herself. The duo had their first child on the 27th of May 1994, a baby boy called Miles Brockman Richie. The following year, the two parents walked down the aisle to be pronounced husband and wife on the 21st of December 1995. Three years later on August 24, 1998, the husband and wife welcomed their daughter, Sofia Richie, making it baby number 2 in the family of 4.
Diane Alexandra and Lionel Richie lasted together as husband and wife for 7 years before their marriage gave way for a divorce. Citing their reason for calling it quits, Lionel stated that when he got together with Diane, he wasn’t working at the time and they both liked who he was. However, a time came when he knew he just had to get back to work. Following this, his schedule began to get a lot tighter with tours and promotions to attend to. He began to have less time for his family including being away on their wedding anniversaries.
In the course of time, the husband and wife began to drift away setting the grounds for an imminent divorce which made its landfall in 2003. Alexander demanded about $300,000 as alimony consisting of $36,000 for dermatology, $12,000 for laser hair removals, $180,000 for clothes, and $60,000 for jewelry.
Though the marriage between Diane Alexander and Lionel Richie is now history, the children they brought into the world are in no small way making a mark among their peers. They both took after their mother and are currently doing well as models in the fashion and design industry. Sofia is also noted for her relationship with Scott Disick.
Since Diane’s divorce with Richie, she has moved on with life and even began a relationship with a certain mystery man whose name we learned is Dave Kenney. The handsome looking Dave who should be about her age if not older works at the Ventura County Sheriff. He got her engaged towards the end of 2015 and everything has been going on well for them.
Despite her divorce with Richie, Alexander has remained good friends with him; she sometimes posts his picture and that of their children on her Instagram page.