Lionel Richie, 73, and GF Lisa Parigi, 33, stun at singer's induction into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Richie has been in a serious relationship with Parigi, who is 40 years younger than him, since 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Legendary singer Lionel Richie was one of the 14 musical artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on November 5 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Even though Richie originally rose to fame as a co-lead vocalist for the renowned funk band the Commodores he was one of the inductees to become a solo artist and achieve musical immortality.
For their night in the limelight, Richie's longtime girlfriend Lisa Parigi, who is 40 years younger than him, stood at his side. Richie, despite his 73 years, looked young as ever, dressed in tailored black slacks, a shirt, and a matching black overcoat. He added a pair of black boots to his outfit and accessorized them with many rings and a gold chain around his neck. His date, the 33-year-old designer and model flaunted her statuesque body in a white jumpsuit with bared shoulders and flared legs.
Parigi displayed a flair for fashion by accessorizing with a set of long-hanging earrings and carrying a tiny, chic purple purse. Her long, straight raven hair, which was parted in the center, cascaded down her back. There were wide smiles on the couple's faces as they posed for the cameras on the red carpet. According to several magazines, the pair has been in a serious relationship since 2014. They keep their romantic lives quite private as per the Daily Mail.
"She's extremely beautiful, but most importantly she's smart and helps me deal with my crazy world," Richie gushed to People in 2019. "At this time in my life when you can be so jaded about things, [my girlfriend] Lisa kind of makes everything feel a bit safe." Swiss-born and -raised, Parigi has worked as a model, a fashion designer, and the mind behind the lifestyle website Dream.Design.Discover.
In an interview with Rolling Stones, Richie said about the honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, “It’s probably going to be one of the greatest nights because I can now appreciate that time in my life. Normally we’re so busy trying to survive that we don’t really enjoy the moment. That’s going to be an evening where I just sit with all my friends and peers and just take it in.”
Before accepting his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, Lionel Richie gave a performance of some of his biggest songs with Dave Grohl on guitar. The American Idol judge and Commodores singer started the medley with "Hello" on piano, quickly commanding the audience as the pair sang the familiar chorus.
Among his many honors, Richie has won four Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year for Can't Slow Down and Song Of The Year for the charity it 'We Are The World,' both of which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson. Along with Richie, musicians like Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, and Dolly Parton were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.