Lionel Richie has spoken out to defend his daughter NICOLE amid reports she's suffering from an eating disorder.

SIMPLE LIFE star Nicole has hit the headlines in America after appearing in photographs looking painfully thin, and allegedly weighing in at less than 100 pounds (45.3 kilograms).

But her famous father insists his daughter is just under an awful lot of pressure as she plans her upcoming wedding and a myriad of projects.

The soul singer says, "She's fine, I can vouch for that. She does exactly what her father does - when the pressure's on I don't eat and Nicole Richie is just not eating."

The crooner admits he's beginning to feel the pressure of his daughter's wedding to DJ ADAM GOLDSTEIN - because he's paying for the swanky affair.

He says, "I'm also gonna sing at the wedding."

17/05/2005 02:47