'G-Pa' Lionel Richie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 April 2008

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie wants to be called 'G-Pa' because he feels too young to be a grandpa.

The soul singer - whose adopted daughter Nicole Richie gave birth to his first grandchild Harlow Kate Winter Madden in January - has adapted the traditional title to reflect his youthful attitude.

The 58-year-old star said: "I went to Nicole and said, 'Grandpa, how does that sound? Does that fit me?' She said, 'Dad, that sounds old.' So I kind of searched out. 'G-Pa' sounds a lot better."

Grandma Brenda Richie - who legally adopted Nicole when she was nine years old with Lionel, before their marriage ended in divorce in 1993 - has revealed baby Harlow has already started talking.

Speaking at the ASCAP Pop Awards in Hollywood, she explained: "The other day I was holding her, and Harlow said, 'Hi!' I said, 'Nicole, did you hear that?' Nicole said, 'I don't think she knew what she was saying!'

"Nicole talks to Harlow constantly, and she tries to answer back!"

Brenda also joked Nicole - who is engaged to Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden - can't bear to be parted from the family's latest addition.

She added: "I'm lucky if I get to see the baby. Nicole loves being with that baby!"

Nicole, 26, agreed she can't get enough of her bundle of joy.

She gushed: "Motherhood is definitely like nothing I could have imagined. It's beyond amazing and my family has been supportive."

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