Nicole Richie was adopted by Lionel Richie when she was nine years old. Her biological parents toured with Lionel and that’s when he noticed that Nicole wasn’t being treated right.
Nicole’s biological father Peter Michael Escovedo, was a band member of Lionel Richie’s band, and is a percussionist and musical director. Nicole’s biological mother, Karen Moss, is said to have been a backstage assistant of the band. Nicole still keeps in contact with her biological mother.