Photo: The Buckley School yearbook/Pacific Coast News
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Singer Lionel Richie and his wife, Brenda Harvey, began taking care of Nicole when she was 3 years old, after her birth parents (his friends) were unable to properly care for her. Shortly after the adoption was finalized, Richie and Harvey split. Nicole attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., where she met a young girl by the name of Paris Hilton.