Nicole Richie’s Dad

The Simple Life co-star Nicole Richie — Did you see the “reunion” show last night? Yawn. — is of course the adopted daughter of Lionel Richie. But who’s her (real) daddy? The Daily News reveals that her biological father is actually newly unemployed Wayne Brady Show bandleader (and brother of Sheila E.) Peter Michael Escovedo. Escovedo was a percussionist in Richie’s touring band, and Lionel was so taken with toddler Nicole that he asked if she could move in with him. Then Richie wrote “Dancing On The Ceiling,” sent Nicole to Buckley private school, bought her only the best heroin, and everyone lived happily ever after.