Forgive Me Father? Young Lionel Richie Wanted to Be a Priest — Then He Heard Girls Scream for Him

People - 04-17

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Talk about a change of plans! Lionel Richie says he was once set on becoming a man of the cloth, but a group of spirited young women helped change his mind. Opening up in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, the American Idol judge and award-winning hitmaker, 69, reveals secrets to his decades-long success — and journeys back to how it all began.