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*Lionel Richie it putting the latest paternity rumors surrounding Khloe Kardashian to rest.

“No, of course not!” the singer, 65, said when asked about rumors that the 30-year-old Kardashian is his biological seed. “No, I’m not the dad.”

However, he says he considers the Kardashian sisters— including 33-year-old daughter Nicole Richie’s childhood friends Kourtney, 35, and Kim, 33— part of the family.

“But you know what, they are my kids,” he insisted. “They grew up in my house.”

A source for In Touch Weekly had claimed that Khloe’s mother Kris Jenner, 58, had an affair with the former Commodores frontman in the early ‘80s.

Lionel “was on the outs with his wife at the time, everyone was sleeping around with everyone else back then, and Kris was hot in those days,” the source said.

Khloe has long maintained that O.J. Simpson’s lawyer Robert Kardashian Sr., who died of esophageal cancer at just 59 in 2003, was her true father.