Lionel Richie admits he ‘hates’ Stevie Wonder

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Iconic singer Lionel Richie has a special bond with legendary musician Stevie Wonder, but says he hates to get around him.

Asked about his friendship with Stevie, Lionel said: "So let me tell you this — I went to his house and he said to me 'Wanna hear a new song, I have got it in the car, come on go with me'. So we go out to the car and he says 'You sit on the passenger side and I will sit on the driver's side'. He goes in, cranks the car up, and he puts the tape right in and starts driving back the driveway. And then I panic and scream 'what are you doing!" and he says 'Gotcha didn't I?'

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"Also I would hate to get around him because every time I would get around him, I would not want to give a phrase to him, because he'll write a song with it. See you later I say, there's a song he'll write it up," he added.

The singer-songwriter is judging the 18th edition of "American Idol", which airs in India on Star World.

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He says he has to be the bearer of bad news most of the times, which is painful.

He said: "Let me tell you the deal. Some of these kids come in and they're already broken. And they say that – it is tough. And so what I don't want to do to them is have them leave broken more. So most of the time we build them up – half of them have no family – so all of a sudden we become their family, that's how close.

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"And you don't have to say anything but 'boo' – and they will fall over. So my job is basically go in and say – I build you up to the point where you've made it this far but do you have a shot in this competition. But I wouldn't leave them broken. It's my job to help them understand that there's some avenues they can't go down. These are kids – 15 to 17 year olds. They haven't even started their lives. And I see them ask us – what do you think? And I have to say – it isn't your time. And it is really painful sometimes because there are kids on the show who are homeless and we don't have to say another bad thing about them – they just need some hope that there's a dream out there for them," he added.

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