Lionel Ritchie reflects on his career, family and selfies with Ross King

Superstar and American Idol judge Lionel Ritchie recently sat down with Ross King for an interview for ITV, where he reflected on his career, family and…selfies!

About his career 
The ride is so much fun now because before I was so busy trying to be and now I’m just enjoying the position and it’s so fascinating that it’s still working as well as it is.
How Lionel nearly ended his career

Yeah, that was probably right after, let’s say the Olympics, right after my father was ill and I went through, I won’t say a depression, but a massive depression. You know, my dad was my hero so I went through that whole period in my life and then it was something about the birth of my kid. Miles came along and Nicole was already there and I realized I had a group of people that were looking up to me to be the head of the house. So I figured at that particular point let’s go back to prove to the kids what I do. So that was the incentive and of course, I got back into it and realized this is what I should be doing, this is what I love doing.

You know, I have to get used to that. They’re not going away and truthfully I had to make peace with that. I was the guy who had gotten used to the autograph time. What really frightened me one day as I was sitting at a restaurant somewhere and someone said to me “Lionel that’s a fabulous picture of you at the restaurant”, where are you? I’m in New York. What had happened was a lady across the table took a picture of me and posted it. It’s part of the new world we live in and it’s not going to go anyway by any chance.

The interview comes ahead of Lionel’s huge summer UK tour that kicks off in June 2018, bringing his biggest hits to outdoor venues and stadiums. The international superstar will visit iconic venues in Northampton, Perth, London, Lincoln, Shrewsbury, Leigh, Carlisle, Scarborough, Chesterfield, Hove and North Norfolk, Shane Filan has also been announced as his support act for the tour.

You can book tickets for the tour here.

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Written by Kelly McFarland

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