Lionel Richie calls Nicole’s downfall “brutal”

Lionel Richie says watching his daughter Nicole Richie go off the rails was “brutal.” The reality TV star spent 82 minutes in jail in 2007 after she was caught Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in December 2006. Following a stint in rehab, she now has her life back on track. Lionel admits the period was rough on the family. “It was brutal. You’re a parent so you’d like to just take them and put them in a basket and say, ‘I’ll protect you’. But when they’re over 18 they get to walk out and you can’t keep them in a bubble,” he explained. “You have to sit and kind of watch it, because there’s nothing you can do.” Nicole is now happily settled with her fiancé Joel Madden and their two kids Harlow and Sparrow. Lionel credits Joel with helping Nicole re-evaluate her life. “No, I think Joel had a lot to do with it. Joel’s an anchoring soul for Nicole,” he told Closer magazine. “He just came in the door once and said, ‘Mr. Richie, I just want to let you know I’ve got control of this.’ I was like, ‘No you don’t! Are you kidding me?’ But I think that was the start: she found somebody that would challenge her stuff. They are a great team and I love him very much.”

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  1. L1feless • September 1, 2010 @ 1:05 PM

    He sounds like a level headed guy. I have met both of the Madden twins and they are both very nice. I can see how he would have been the right fit for someone like her.

  2. Quinn • September 1, 2010 @ 2:26 PM

    I love that he called him Mr. Richie, that’s a clear sign of respect. Too many people call their elders by their first name and it sounds so disrespectful.

  3. nick • September 1, 2010 @ 2:50 PM

    I’m happy for Nicole and Joel. Can’t believe her and Paris used to be best friends – look what different paths they’ve chosen…..

  4. Age A • September 2, 2010 @ 10:21 AM

    ” I’ve got control of this”…Is this what a father wants to hear, that someone has ‘control’ of his child…I think it would have been better to have said that he is going to share a life with her and try to enjoy a safe and healthy lifestyle as a family…that is what I would want to hear not that someone has ‘control’…sounds pimp like…no thanks…if that is his attitude…it will not last…no one wants anyone to ‘control’ them…even if they may require firm assistance to get through life.

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