Odd Couple Alert: Bai Ling and Lionel Richie?


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In the most bizarre celebrity romance news of the day so far, FOX News reports that Nicole Richie may have a new prospective stepmother in the making. Dad Lionel Richie, it seems, has been romancing actress/blogging-enthusiast Bai Ling. He's a music legend; she's a fashion critic's bullseye -- opposites attract, no?

Richie and Ling were spotted on a date Thursday night at Whist at Viceroy Santa Monica. X17Online posted a dark and shaky video of the rendezvous, which shows the couple saying goodbye and heading out in different cars. While the night ended on an anticlimactic note, an onlooker claimed the two appeared cozy inside the restaurant:
Lionel was rubbing Bai's back, and the two sat very close to one another in the booth. It looked like a very romantic dinner, and even though the two arrived and left in separate cars, they were clearly meeting up for a date! Gossip recently linked Bai to Oscar contender Mickey Rourke after the two engaged in some PDA at the Chateau Marmont earlier this year (emphasis on the "P"). Apparently the fellas can't resist a woman who claims she "came from the air and the moon."

See more pictures of Bai Ling and Lionel Richie (click any photo):
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