Huffington Post provided the platform for his adopted daughter, Nicole, to open up discussion about her adoption. In this sweet conversation-style interview, Nicole asks her father about the first time he saw her, about how she would fit in with his booming career, and about the stabilizing effect that adopting a child had on him.

Lionel confesses that Nicole changed his life. “I think you changed my life a great deal in terms of softening my heart, because everything up to that point was about songwriting and the business and touring. All of a sudden I found something that I could fall in love with that was never going to leave me,” Lionel Richie told his daughter, Nicole. And it was the same for her.  After having been bounced from family member to family member, Nicole was finally in a stable, loving home. Although her dad would leave on tour, he would always come back.

Now, as two adults, it’s clear they have an enviable relationship.  They communicate in an easy manner and clearly respect each other.

Watch this special interview here.