Singer Lionel Richie blames his love of enormous platform shoes during the 1970s for his hip replacement surgery.

The Dancing on the Ceiling hitmaker loved wearing towering heels and performing high energy stage routines during his time in the Commodores, but he is convinced the funky footwear caused health issues.

The soul star developed knee and hip problems in later life and eventually underwent surgery three years ago (11).

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Since the Commodore days, we don't wear those big boots any more because of the knees and the ankles. I think about it now and think, 'What was I doing?!' Every night, on stage, we'd jump from one riser to the floor. Craziness!

"What was I thinking? I have had a little knee problem, but not as bad as all that. Although I did have to have a hip operation three years ago and, honestly, I hardly remember which one it is now because technology is so amazing. I put it off for about a year then one day though, 'screw it, let it go' and had it done. So, everything about me now is brand new. I'm bionic... Well no not really, but the hip is better than ever and touring has been great. I don't even know I've got it."