Lionel Richie Says Name He Chose Instead of ‘Grandpa’

Lionel Richie is excited to have more grandchildren, but being called “grandpa” makes him sing a different tune.

The singer told Entertainment Tonight on Monday that she was “thrilled” her youngest daughter, Sofia Richie Grainge, was expecting a baby girl with her husband, music executive Elliot Grainge. But he had some thoughts about what the child would be called.

“I’m Pop-pop,” he said. “We don’t understand ‘grandfather’, yeah, that’s a bit deep. Pop-pop is our goal.”

Richie is already a grandfather to his daughter Nicole Richie’s children. The former reality TV star shares two children with her husband, singer Joel Madden.

The “Hello” singer shared similar sentiments with People magazine in 2008 following the birth of Nicole Richie and Madden’s now 16-year-old daughter, Harlow Madden.

“Even though it took me a while to adjust to being called grandpa, I am so happy and proud of Nicole and Joel,” he said at the time.

Richie and Richie Grainge pose for a photo together on November 9, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.Richie and Richie Grainge pose for a photo together on November 9, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.

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Richie Grainge announced her pregnancy in an interview with Vogue published last week. The model told the media that she and her husband kept her pregnancy a secret until then.

“Pregnancy is really scary and you want to protect that space,” she said, adding that they wanted to “protect our mental health and our space as a couple.”

On Sunday, Richie Grainge shared a video on TikTok showing the private way he and Grainge found out they were having a girl.

In the video, the model is seen running and screaming in joy as the music executive holds a confetti cannon that shoots pink confetti.

“Sorry to all my neighbors for the horrible screams,” Richie Grainge captioned the post.

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