My husband mentioned the other day what a unique adoption story Nicole Richie has and suggested it as a blog topic. We saw an interview with Lionel Ritchie on television some time ago, and he discussed his daughterâ€™s adoption.
My dear husband was blown away at the whole story about why Nicole came to be adopted by the Richies. I was astounded that Lionel Ritchie would share a story that would cast him in such a negative light. Maybe he did not realize how bad it would sound. Another possibility is that he did not care, and/or was just being honest. Nevertheless, it is a fairly shocking story and hard to imagine. However, it does offer some explanation as to Nicole’s struggles as an adult.
Lionel Richie and his wife noticed the cute little daughter of a couple who were involved on a production that they were working on. She was about 3 years old at the time. I forget the details of what exactly her parents did for a living, however, they had behind the scenes jobs working on a production.
The cute little girl noticed by the childless Richies charmed them so much, that they decided it might be fun to have her around. They took custody of her when she was about 3 years old, and then formally adopted her when she was nine years old. Clearly, from Lionel Ritchieâ€™s own description, they adopted her on a whim. Once they did, they quickly discovered that they knew nothing about parenting.
At an early age, she was left with caregivers while her adoptive parents were on the road. During her teen years, she was often left to her own devices, and became involved with all sorts of unsavory things.
So, why am I relating this story? Not to prove that no celebrities are capable of becoming good adoptive parents; I think some adoptive parents can be. However, given the limitations on their time, I imagine it must be a challenge. Money might buy the best nannies available, but that does not make up for parental involvement.
My point is that people need to question peopleâ€™s motivations for adopting, celebrities or not. Nicole Richiesâ€™ adoption illustrates the point well that it takes more than money to be a successful parent.
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Photo by Jan Baker 2007