Music icon Lionel Richie attempted to distance himself from his wild daughter Nicole during her younger years, but he couldn't stop worrying about her crazy party life. "The reality show actress has admitted to dabbling in drugs when she was just a teen, and she had several brushes with the law, including a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence. Richie was scared that Nicole would do herself some damage and tried to cut ties with his daughter in a hope to give her the chance to sort her life out on her own. Richie couldn't remain away for long. He tells Britain's Metro, "I tried once (to disassociate myself from Nicole) and it does not work. I go: that's your life and you live it how you want to, I think about it every minute of the day until she gets it right, or until she gets it back on track. "It's difficult. As a kid, some things you want to keep secret from your parents. And as a parent, you want to be protective of your kids. But in this day and age of celebrity and even non-celebrity, it's hard to keep a secret from anybody." And Richie is relieved that Nicole has turned her back on her wild ways since giving birth to daughter Harlow last year, adding, "I'm sleeping better because now she's a great mom, as happy as she can be."