Lifestyle of the Richie and famous
Lionel and Diana Richie
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Lionel Richie's wife, who is seeking spousal support from the pop star as their divorce case proceeds, has told a Los Angeles judge that the couple regularly spent more than $300,000 a month.
Diane Richie, in a written declaration published on the Smoking Gun Web site (http://www.thesmokinggun.com), said her monthly expenses include $15,000 for clothing, shoes and accessories, $3,000 for "dermatology" and $1,000 for laser hair removal.
The 37-year-old mother of two, who filed for a divorce in January, said that each month she spends $600 on hair, $250 on nails, $150 on electrolysis, $450 on facials, $500 for her trainer and $600 each on Pilates, massages, and therapy.
The declaration is filed in connection with a request for spousal support from the 54-year-old singer. The amount that she is seeking is not clear from the court papers.
Diane Richie also lists yearly expenses of $20,000 for plastic surgery and $125,000 for tuition at her 9-year-old son's Colorado boarding school, which she says she tries to visit at least once a month -- at a cost of between $15,000 and $20,000.
She reports that despite the pending divorce she and her husband, who married in 1996, still live together in a Beverly Hills mansion she values at $40 million, staffed by nine people.
"(Lionel Richie) and I had an extraordinary extravagant lifestyle," Diane Richie, a former dancer, says in the declaration.
"(We) regularly spent in excess of $300,000 a month. We could comfortably afford to spend unlimited sums of money on everything and anything we chose. I had no limit on what I could spend."
Richie's hits include "Say You, Say Me," "Hello" and "Penny Lover."
With a previous wife he is the adoptive father of Nicole Richie, who starred alongside Paris Hilton in the Fox reality TV show "The Simple Life."
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