Diane Alexander- Biography of ex-wife of Lionel Richie

Who is Diane Alexander?

Diane Alexander is a dancer and fashion designer. She has worked in movies such as Lake Girls and Forget Paris. But because of her association with Lionel Richie, she came into the highlight. It was, however, a controversial relationship.

One of Pop’s most iconic singers, Lionel Richie, people remember him for his evergreen romantic classic song Hello. However, what catapulted her name all over the world was because of an incident with Brenda Harvey.

Want to know the complete story? Continue reading to learn about the whole controversy and biography of Diane Alexander.

Diane Alexander biography
Diane Alexander biography

Quick facts

Full nameDiane Alexander
NicknameNo information
BirthdateJune 16, 1967
Age55 years old
Sun signGemini
TraitsPositive– Open-minded, enthusiastic, and soft-spoken
Negative– Inconsistent, indecisive, and judgemental
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Currently residingLos Angeles, California, USA
ParentsNo information
GrandparentsNo information
SiblingsNo information
Marital statusMarried
SpouseLionel Richie (1995–2004)
Dave Kenney
ChildrenMiles Brockman Richie, 
Sofia Richie
EducationNo information
ProfessionFashion Designer, Singer, and Dancer
Net worthUSD 20 million (approximately)
Social mediaInstagram
Height5 feet 9 inches (170 cm)
Eye colorDark Brown
Hair ColorBlack
Shoe size7 (U.S)
HobbiesTravelling, Dancing

Early life

Diane Alexander and Lionel Richie

Diane Alexander was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 16, 1967. Based on the information we have with us, it seems she comes from a middle-class family. 

Diane is a pretty popular Christian name. It means divine. In mythology, the goddess of the moon and the hunt.

Her date of birth indicates that she is a Gemini. Gemini women are open-minded, enthusiastic, and soft-spoken but can also be indecisive, judgmental, and inconsistent.

Since her early days, we also know that she was always interested in dancing and wanted to pursue dancing as her career.

Her passion for dancing led her to perform in the closing ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. Lionel Richie also met Diane through dancing.

From her current social media profile, it seems she loves working out. Diane Alexander maintains the body of a diva. 

Diane stands tall at 5 feet 9 inches or 170 cm and weighs around 69 kg or about 152 Lbs. She is taller than average women, which must have added to her sex appeal during her younger years.

Additionally, her body measurements are still like that of a top model. 


Lionel Richie

Diane Alexander with ex-husband Lionel Richie and their kids.
Diane Alexander with ex-husband Lionel Richie and their kids.

Lionel Richie and Diane Alexander first met at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where both participated. Many consider that this was the point when their love affair began sparkling.

When Lionel and Diane began dating, Lionel Richie was already married to Brenda Harvey. Soon enough, Brenda caught the two red-handed in a hotel room.

The confrontation was so ugly that Brenda Harvey, Lionel Richie’s first wife, was arrested for assault and various other charges like trespassing, vandalism, and resisting arrest.

Richie finally divorced Harvey in 1993. Despite all the backlash and controversy, Alexander and Richie continued their relationship throughout the divorce hearing.

Diane married Lionel Richie finally on December 21, 1995.

Unfortunately, their marriage lasted only eight years, ending in October 2003. However, the couple has two children together.

Most divorces are messy; however, the divorce between Alexander and Richie was both messy and costly. With Diane Alexander demanding a staggering USD 300 thousand per month as spousal support, it certainly raised many eyebrows in the media.

Dave Kenney (lover)

Dave Kenney
Dave Kenney and Diane Alexander

“Love is not an exact science; it is something you have to go through.”, said Richie when asked about his relationship with his new girlfriend, Lisa Parigi. Further, The 71-year-old musician is currently in a relationship with a 30-year-old model and blogger Lisa Parigi.

Similarly, Diane Alexander is also engaged with Dave Kenney since 2015. Although little is known about her new partner, Alexander and Kenney seem happy in their relationship.

Although Lionel and Diane have separate partners, they are still on good terms. Many photos and videos on their social media platform showcase that they’re enjoying their time with their kids and family members.


Diane Alexander with her son and daughter
Diane Alexander with her son and daughter

The first child of Diane Alexander, Miles Brockman, was born on May 27, 1994, one year before marriage. They were blessed by a daughter again on August 24, 1998, and named her Sofia Richie.

Miles and Sofia are currently successful models and have worked with famous brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel. 

However, Sofia is in the spotlight more often because of her relationship with reality TV star Scott Disick.

The controversy of Diane Alexander

Fight with Brenda Harvey-Richie

Lionel Richie with Brenda Harvey-Richie
Lionel Richie with Brenda Harvey-Richie

Hollywood is full of stories of cheating. It is nothing new. And the fight between Diane Alexander and Brenda Harvey-Richie is one of those stories.

Lionel Richie married his high school sweetheart Brenda. They were married for eighteen years.

The Harvey-Richie couple adopted a beautiful daughter, Nicole Richie. They were a happy family until he went ahead to screw it all.

He began having an affair with Diane. It wasn’t long before Lionel Riche’s wife heard the rumors. Initially, she wasn’t sure and wanted to clear her mind. But, as Brenda Richie arrived at Alexander’s apartment at 2 am, she lost her cool after seeing her husband with Diane.

Daine Alexander tells about the fight with Brenda Harvey-Richie

She “drop-kicked” Richie in the stomach, who fled from the scene. Now she turned her wrath on Alexander. The police mentioned that Brenda Harvey-Ritchie was striking and kicking Diane on the apartment floor.


Diane Alexander is currently working as a fashion designer, her primary income source. But her professional career started in 1990 when she appeared as a dancer in the movie Laker Girls.

Diane featured in the 1995 movie Forget Paris as a dancer, too.

However, Alexander is most famous for appearing in Lionel Richie’s hit song, ‘Dancing on the ceiling.’ It was the high point of her career.

All of Diane’s achievements have been connected to Lionel Richie. 

The net worth of Diane Alexander

Diane’s career may seem short-lived, but she has a considerable fortune to account for. Massing a massive USD20 million net worth and earning over USD 300,000 per month, her lifestyle is certainly not short of lavish.

The court declaration included a USD 20 thousand yearly plastic surgery allowance and USD 15 thousand per month for shopping. Other monthly expenditures were USD 4000 allowance for skin-care treatments and hair removal, USD 2000 for fitness and recreational purposes, and USD 150 for electrolysis.

Social media

Instagram is the only social media platform currently blessed with beautiful pictures of Diane Alexander. She has a decent amount of followers, 38.7 thousand at the time of writing, as compared to other celebrities, on her official Instagram page.

Diane mostly posts pictures with her kids and her pet animals. In her Instagram bio, she mentions her love for animals and plants. In addition to this, she also mentions that she is emotional as well as introverted.

By leafing through her profile on Instagram, one can find that Diane is a proud mother as she constantly praises her son and daughter through various posts. You can also see her love for physical fitness through her social media account.

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