Lionel Richie on why he wishes his Daughter, Sofia failure in Hollywood

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Lionel Richie he said he doesn’t sugarcoat the harsh realities of show business to his children, revealing on Wednesday the tough career advice he gave to Sofia, when she first expressed interest in following his footsteps.


He said said, “I told her, ‘I wish you lots of failure, young,'” he told reporters at an American Idol event.

“We’re in a business where it’s how you recover and ‘yes, yes, yes’ does not feel terrible, so you have to get smacked in the face,” he said. “I said, ‘You’re going to have a little bit more of a different time because you’re coming from a family where they expect a little bit more.'”

“When Nicole was about 4 years old, she went on a talent show. She’s about to go on to do her little act and they said, ‘And now we have Lionel Richie’s daughter’ and she froze,” he recalled. “She said, ‘Dad I don’t want to be here.'”

He continued, “I remember that being, what a terrifying moment.”


“She’s got the attitude,” he said of Sofia, adding that all of his kids “have great attitudes” when it comes to working in the entertainment industry. “She sings too. I’m so excited about her.”

“They’re all taking chances and I want them to do it now,” he added of his children. “Sofia’s doing fabulous right now.”