Lionel Richie initially thought his daughter Nicole Richie's boyfriend ADAM
GOLDSTEIN was joking when he asked the soul legend for permission to marry the
reality TV beauty.
Goldstein, also known as DJ AM, took the traditional route and asked the
former COMMODORES singer for his blessing, before proposing to The Simple Life
star on 8 February (05).
Lionel says, "I thought maybe she was pregnant and already married. I
said, 'OK, I know that joke.'
"Then I realised AM had that look only a serious man gets, so I messed
with them for a few more days."