Diane Alexander's Bio — Everything We Know About Lionel Richie’s Ex Wife
- Date of Birth Jun 16, 1969
- Age 52 Years, 11 Months
- Nationality American
- Profession Fashion Designer
- Relationship Status Single
- Ex-Husband Lionel Richie
- Divorce/Split Yes (Once)
- Net Worth Not Disclosed
- Ethnicity/Race White
- Hair Long
- Son/s Miles Brockman Richie
- Daughter/s Sofia Richie
- Birth Place Los Angeles, California, United States
- Wedding Date 1995
- Hair Color Black
- Eye Color Black
- Children/Kids 2
Diane Alexander is a former model and dancer. She performed in movies like Lake Girls and Forget Paris in the mid-1990s.
But her professional endeavors didn't bring her much recognition compared to the fame she got from her relationship with Lionel Richie.
She Married Lionel Richie in 1995
Alexander and Richie met at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The model was one of the hundreds of dancers in the closing ceremony where Richie performed.
Their relationship blossomed after their first meet, clear from the fact that she appeared in a music video of his hit song 'Dancing on the Ceiling' in 1986.
Meanwhile, The American Idol judge was married to Brenda Harvey. But his budding affair with Alexander affected the marriage, especially after Harvey confronted the duo in Alexander's apartment in Beverly Hills hotel in June 1988.
Harvey reportedly beat her husband and Alexander at the spot and was restrained by the police authorities. Later, the charges against her — resisting arrest, injury to a spouse, vandalism, trespassing — were dropped.
Their turbulent marriage continued for a couple of years, resulting in divorce in 1993. Two years after the legal separation, Alexander and Richie tied the knot.
Alexander Has Two Kids
Alexander has two kids with Richie. She gave birth to her first child, son Miles Brockman, on May 27, 1994, a year before her wedding. On August 24, 1998, she welcomed her daughter Sofia.
Sofia has marked her spot in the entertainment industry. As a social media personality, model, and fashion designer, the 22-year-old has already worked for major brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and Miminipi. Her networth is $8 million as per Celebrity Net Worth.
Her Expensive Divorce Alimony Demands
Alexander's marriage with the famous singer-songwriter lasted for eight years. In 2003, she filed a divorce petition in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.
The divorce cost Richie an arm and a leg. Initially, they had agreed Alexander would get his $5 million mansion and a monthly alimony payment of $55,000.
Later, the clothing designer demanded no less than $300,000 per month as a child and spousal support, saying they spent more than that in a month. She reasoned the raise by presenting her expenses.
It included $20,000 for plastic surgery, $15,000 for clothing, shoes, and accessories, $3,000 for dermatology, and $1,000 for laser hair removal, among many others. Also, the mother-of-two demanded $125,000 for her son's annual tuition fee and $15,000 tuition for her daughter.
It is not sure until Alexander received the alimony, but it obviously boosted her net worth.
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She Still Uses Ex Husband's Name
Despite the divorce, Alexander still uses Richie, her ex-husband's family moniker, in her name.
Her Instagram that has more than 38K followers, goes by the name Diana Richie. She uses the platform to showcase her love for her kids, often sharing their childhood pictures with love-filled captions.