Here’s Why Lionel Richie Wishes Daughter Sofia To ‘Fail’ Early

Lionel Richie is saying it like he means it when it comes to daughter Sofia Richie.

The singer recently told reporters at an American Idol event that he doesn’t sugarcoat the harsh realities of show business to his kids, and revealed the tough career advice he gave to Sofia when she first expressed interest in following in his footsteps.

“I told her, ‘I wish you lots of failure, young,’” he said. “We’re in a business where it’s how you recover and ‘yes, yes, yes’ does not feel terrible, so you have to get smacked in the face. I said, ‘You’re going to have a little bit more of a different time because you’re coming from a family where they expect a little bit more.’”

“When Nicole [Richie] was about 4 years old, she went on a talent show. She’s about to go on to do her little act and they said, ‘And now we have Lionel Richie’s daughter’ and she froze,” he recalled of his other daughter. “She said, ‘Dad I don’t want to be here.’ I remember that being… what a terrifying moment.”

Sometimes tough love is the right thing to do, don’t y’all think?