Reality TV star Nicole Richie made her singer dad Lionel Richie weep with pride recently - because she bought herself a MERCEDES.

The 23-year-old aspiring singer, who stars alongside best pal Paris Hilton in the hit reality show The Simple Life, stepped out to pick up the luxury vehicle - her first car - and it proved to be a lot more emotional than she'd imagined.

She says, "Last week, I bought my first car - a Mercedes - with my own credit. And my dad showed up. He started crying and taking all these pictures. I was so embarrassed!

"He said, 'I'm so proud of you.' That made me feel really good."

17/09/2004 08:36