Brenda Harvey-Richie is a social activist, entrepreneur, and musician from America. She is also popular as the former first wife of a musician, and TV personality from America; Lione Richie.

Quick WikiSocial Activist
Full NameBrenda Harvey-Richie
Date of Birth2nd September, 1952
Birth PlaceAlabama, USA
SpouseLionel Richie(1975-1993)
Age68 years old
Weight60 kg
Height5 feet 4 inches
Body Measurement34-26-35
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBrown
Net Worth$200 million (Lionel's Net Worth)

 Early Life

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The birthplace of Brenda Harvey-Richie is Alabama, USA. She came into the world on 2nd September 1952. Her current age is 68 years old. The name of her father’s name is Marshal. There are not many details of her siblings, childhood, and mother available.



There are not many details of Brenda Harvey-Richie regarding her academics. But she completed her graduation from the “Tuskegee University.”


Who is the husband of Brenda?

Lionel Richie is the husband of Brenda Harvey-Richie. The relationship is what drives her towards the limelight time and again. Lionel is a popular singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor from America.

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He is popular for his collaboration with the funk band “Commodores” during the 1970s. Brenda collaborated with King of Pop Michael Jackson for “We Are the World” in 1985. The charity song succeeded to sell more than twenty million copies.


How did Harvey-Richie and Lionel Richie meet?

Brenda Harvey-Richie met Lionel Richie during their college days. Lionel had started his journey with the band “Commodores.” It was during the same time that the couple started dating.

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Marriage of Brenda and Lionel

The couple took the relationship to the next level after knowing each other well. Lionel indirectly tested the feelings of Brenda after he returned from a tour. The couple exchanged their wedding vows on 18th October 1975. The relationship went through a lot of turmoil along with their time.



A relationship is not just a cup of tea that can be made within 5 minutes. It needs a lot of patience, few sacrifices, a huge amount of trust and understanding. Things can get worst at any time as it’s two different people trying to live with the same objective and being companions to each other.

Some relationships can be fixed in time. But some have no other alternative than getting separated. Something same this happens in the case of Brenda Harvey-Richie and Lionel Richie. Things started to change between the couple after Lionel started cheating on her.

It was after eleven years of their marriage that Lionel started an extramarital affair. Although the couple started living separately, they had not ended their marriage.  Lionel met Diane Alexander for the first time in 1984. They started a secret relationship in 1986.

Moreover, things between Lionel and Brenda seemed to have been completely normal till the interview of Lionel on his home life in 1986. The separation of the couple reached its climax in June 1988. It was the year when Brenda caught Lionel with Diane in her apartment.

The scenario of Brenda noticing Lionel with Diane must have been disturbing and heartbreaking as she lost her control. It resulted in her arrest. She had hit Lionel and Diane. The arrest was for corporal injury to Lionel, vandalism, resistance to arrest, trespassing, and hampering the peace after her act. She received bail after paying $5000. The couple officially divorced in 1993.


Parents of an adopted girl

The couple welcomed a baby girl into their life in 1985. She was three years old Nicole. Nicole started living with the couple after the approval of her real parents. Karen Moss and Michael Escovedo were the real parents of Nicole. They were facing financial issues that resulted in keeping Noel away from them. Brenda and Lionel adopted Nicole officially after her ninth birthday.

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Moreover, Nicole has made her own image in the public nowadays. She is an actress, TV personality, reality show judge, fashion designer, and author. Nicole is a happy wife and a mother. Her husband is Joel Madden, frontman of Good Charlotte. The couple is the parents of boy Sparrow and a girl Harlow.


Net Worth

There are not many details of the salaries, properties, and net worth of Brenda Harvey-Richie is not clear. According to, her former husband Lionel Richie has an approximate net worth of $200 million.



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