Lionel Richie reveals nickname he uses instead of grandpa

Lionel Richie is "Pop-pop" Richie to his grandchildren.



Lionel Richie refuses to be called grandpa and has revealed the sweet name daughter Sofia Richie's baby girl will call him.

The 74-year-old singer's youngest daughter Sofia, 25, is expecting her first child with husband Elliot Grainge, 30, and Lionel couldn't be more thrilled for the couple.

He gushed to 'Entertainment Tonight': "My baby is having a baby, and I'm so thrilled for Elliot and Sofia. They are just over the moon."

However, the little one won't have a traditional name for her grandparent, with Lionel revealing he will be known as "Pop-pop."

The 'Hello' hitmaker also revealed he keeps telling the couple to keep some privacy after they revealed the unborn tot's gender to the world with a pink confetti cannon.

He said: "You know, there is no secret with those two! I keep saying, 'Keep it a secret, OK?' But yes, that's what's happening. I'm so happy."

Sharing his nickname for his grandchildren, he said: "I'm Pop-pop.

"We don't get the 'grandpa,' yeah, that's a little deep. Pop-pop is where we're going."

Lionel is also a father to adoptive daughter Nicole, 42 - who has Harlow, 16, and Sparrow, 14, with husband Joel Madden - as well as Miles, 29, with ex-wife Diane Alexander.