Many people envy Lionel Richie’s ability to virtually appear as young as he did on the cover of his 1986 album Dancing on the Ceiling still today at age 73.
But unlike so many other celebrities who are starting to hit that age where they want to make themselves look younger, the former Commodores frontman swears off plastic surgery and says he’ll never resort to having the procedure done on him.
Talking with Daily Mail, he expressed his stance on not wanting any prosthetic work done on his face for the sake of looking younger.
“[Plastic surgery] locks you in for that year [while you recover], and after that, you can’t go naturally, you’re staying right there,” he said. “You try and go back to reset, and you can’t. [And] that sh-t goes wrong!”
On a deeper level, Richie has moral issues with altering his natural appearance.
“God might not recognize me,” he added, “so I want to make sure he knows me.”
Instead of getting surgery, the “Endless Love” singer believes in more natural remedies to maintain his youthfulness, including certain intimately physical activities.
“Water, sleep and sweat, not too much red meat,” he said of his philosophy. “I know it’s real boring. [S-x] will work also and it’s good for your heart.”
Richie has been keeping himself busy in recent years, serving as judge on the incredibly popular American Idol. Recently, though, he had to call out of the show to appear at another quite popular event: the royal Coronation for King Charles.
He recently spoke with ET about the honor he felt receiving an invitation to perform at the ceremony.
“It’s an honor,” he said. “I mean, first of all, when you’ve been in the business a long time, and, of course, when you get an invitation like this, the answer is absolutely.”
“We’ve been friends a long time,” he added about his good friend King Charles, “I’ve known him a long time, but to be asked is the whole thing.”