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Lionel Richie: Why I Vacation with My Ex-Wife

Image courtesy of Alan Silfen/UMG Nashville (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Alan Silfen/UMG Nashville (via ABC News Radio)

Lionel Richie and his second wife, Diane , got divorced in 2004, but the singer reveals that, strangely enough, the two still go on vacation together.

Speaking to the British paper the Daily Mail about his favorite vacation spots and activities, Richie describes how he enjoys taking his youngest kids, Miles and Sofia , to Paris and staying with them in one of that city's ritziest hotels.  He says, "[They] usually bring some friends with them, and when they arrive they're like buckshot -- they scatter all over the place.  My former wife Diane also comes along."

He explains, "People are surprised that I go on holiday with my ex-wife.  But she's Mom and we're still best friends.  What you have to understand is that she's the one who controls the tribe.  Mom knows the signals better than Dad.  When you want to control the mob, you have to take the main traffic controller with you."

He adds, "Everything works perfectly well.  The kids have adjoining suites, Diane has her room, and I have mine.  Simple."

Lionel also says that in a few months, he'll be taking his childen to the Great Wall of China.  It's not clear if Diana will be accompanying him on that trip.

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