Richie: 'Nicole's more famous than I am'

Lionel Richie insists his daughter Nicole is now more famous than him - but he doesn't mind as he's now "cool by association".

Lionel Richie insists his daughter Nicole is now more famous than him - but he doesn't mind as he's now "cool by association".

The 'Hello' star found fame in the 1970s with band the Commodores, but has seen his 25-year-old offspring eclipse him in the media after shooting to stardom in TV series The Simple Life with on-off pal Paris Hilton.

However, Lionel maintains he isn't bothered, as being related to Nicole has introduced him to a new generation of fans and made him cool again.

He says: "I'll be in an airport and I'll hear a bloodcurdling scream. There'll be a group of Italian kids on holiday, going to Disneyland or something, and I'm thinking, the kids recognise me, thank you very much.

"And they rush over to me, and ask: 'Are you Nicole Richie's dad?' and I say: 'Yep. OK, I'll take that.' I'm just the dad. It seems to have made me a bit cool."

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