New Couple Alert: Lionel Richie & Bai Ling?

Lionel Richie
This is random. Lionel Richie and Bai Ling were spotted on a “romantic date” last Thursday in Santa Monica. According to Fox News Pop Tarts, they “laughed and flirted throughout their meal.” Lionel is 60 years old and has been divorced twice – his second marriage ended in 2004, when he and Diane Alexander split after nearly nine years of marriage. Bai Ling is 42 years old, and totally strange. In the past, Ling has been romantically connected (in the press) to Chris Isaak, Nick Carter and Mickey Rourke. Ling hasn’t been in the press for a while, so I can see why she might want to be connected with some famous guy. But Lionel should know better:

It seems as far as far can be from the perfect match, but hey opposites do attract — so could it be that crazy actress Bai Ling and music legend Lionel Richie have something going on?

The unlikely duo was spotted on what appeared to be a romantic date last Thursday at Whist at Viceroy Santa Monica. According to an eye witness, Ling and Richie kept a low-profile and laughed and flirted throughout their meal.

The actress (who tells people she hails “from the moon” and has a habit of crashing Hollywood parties and dirty dancing for hours by herself) was most recently linked to Mickey Rourke with whom she put on quite the PDA with at the Chateau Marmont earlier this year.

[From Fox News]

Bai Ling has been quoted as saying that she would like to make an album, or that she’s at work on an album, so it’s perfectly possible that Ling and Lionel were having some kind of professional relationship based on his work as a producer or songwriter, perhaps. But I doubt it. The only thing sketchier than Lionel Richie being connected to Bai Ling romantically is him being connected to her professionally. If they were having dinner, my guess is that there was something sexual going on. Which is weird, because Bai Ling has never struck me as the kind of woman a man would actually have to take out to dinner. She just seems like the kind of girl you would pick up at a club, hook up with, and then deny you’ve ever met.

By the way, I had so much fun reading about Lionel Richie on his Wikipedia page. That man has sold more than 100 million records and he’s totally beloved in the Middle East. His only grandchild (as yet) is baby Harlow, daughter of Nicole Richie.

Lionel Richie is shown on 6/7/09 and 5/20/09. Bai Ling is shown in the header on 6/4/09. There are also a ton of photos of Bai out at various events in May, June and July. Credit: PRPhotos

 

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  1. TaylorB says:

    She may be an odd duck who appears to dress herself while blindfolded, but she sure seems like a fun, unique person and not too hard on the peepers, so all in all not a bad catch.

  2. GrnMtGirl says:

    I don’t think I could have made up a crazier match than this. I hope it’s not true and that Lionel has a little more brains than getting involved with this chick!

  3. Nebraska says:

    This is so juicy! I was just reading an old people mag and admiring his hotness and then this story comes out. Lionel and Bai Ling make an interesting pairing. Hope they are having a rockin time dancing on the ceiling!

  4. j. ferber says:

    Regarding your comment on not needing to take Bai Ling to dinner, I guess you call this site Celebitchy for a reason. I think she’s gorgeous (okay, a little nutty) and he’s a very talented and good-looking man. I’d like to see where this goes. I wish them the best.

  5. Frenchie says:

    Nicole’s new stepmom !!
    She could talk tatoo with benji

  6. gg says:

    OH no-no-no ~ Not her Lionel! She is a porta-potty.

    Love the green fringe dress though.

    “it’s perfectly possible that Ling and Lionel were having some kind of professional relationship based on his work as a producer or songwriter, perhaps. But I doubt it. The only thing sketchier than Lionel Richie being connected to Bai Ling romantically is him being connected to her professionally.”

    :lol:

  7. Zippy says:

    according to imdb.com Bai Ling was born in 1966. That would make her a bit older than 32. ;)

  8. Kaiser says:

    Joe & Zippy – Sorry about that! Allegedly, Bai Ling is 42 years old, not 32, but I’m not sure if I buy that age either.

  9. busybee says:

    You know, Bai Ling and Chris Isaak dated in the early 90s.

    Just throwing that out there.

  10. gg says:

    Lionel hasn’t seen her photos on the black carpet I take it.

  11. megan says:

    42 years old??? nooooo….I don’t get it….she just seems like more than a decade younger….

  12. I Choose Me says:

    I like Bai Ling. I think she’s peachy with a side of crazy. Does her own thing and don’t give a good goddamn what anyone thinks about her, erm style. Doubt this story is true though but if it is, *shrug*