Lionel Richie, unaware and out of touch, doesn't know if he'll be a grandpa

07/09/2007 at 03:06 PM ET

NicoleLionel Richie says right now he’s really out of touch with his celebrity daughter Nicole Richie and doesn’t know if she is pregnant. He told People,

Grandpa, man, that’s wild. I don’t know if I’m going to be grandpa, I don’t know if I’m ready to be called grandpa.

The music legend is currently busy promoting his latest CD and mocked how distant he and his reality star daughter are while doing their own thing, crying out,

Nicole, baby, call me!

He says Nicole’s life is super busy, and that she is "living her life under a microscope, but it’s the kind of life you live at that age." He told reporters that he thinks his daughter is "fabulous." He adds,

She keeps apologizing [about being in the news so much], I tell you, she’s doing exactly what you’re supposed to do… she’s living her life. If we had cell phones, MySpace, Internet back then, God knows what my parents would have known about The Commodores.

Nicole is expecting her first child with her rocker beau, Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden.

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K on

I think it’s a little strange that Lionel wasn’t told by his daughter he was going to be a Grandpa…!

Melissa on

I think if she was really pregnant she would have told her father. It’s not like Nicole or Joel has actually confirmed the pregnancy.

madison on

I think he’s just hedging. He likes to talk to the press but he isn’t going to reveal her news (if in fact its true). This article in People quoted him from this past Saturday – July 9th. But US Magazine’s cover article quotes him saying on June 18th that he was going to see her the following day (his birthday) and get to the bottom of the pregnancy rumors.

daphneesmith on

She’s doing what she’s supposed to do? By drunken driving? Tell that to the victims of drunk driving. This is not just rebellious teen behavior. She’s an adult and was taking part in a potentially deadly act. Lionel, seriously, I love ya but wake up!

Lorus on

I don’t think it’s strange as they don’t seem to be that close. I’m 16 weeks along in my second pregnancy and haven’t told my Dad & Stepmom yet. We waited until I was out of the first trimester to let our daughter know and then she tells the Grandparents. We haven’t been over to my Dad’s place since so he doesn’t know yet.

Sasha on

I agree with Melissa, nothing has been confirmed first-hand to the public…and maybe he truly doesn’t know one way or the other, hopefully not, but who knows?