Jones (left) and Richie
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12/15/2006 at 08:00 AM EST
Music giant Quincy Jones hasn't spoken to his friend Lionel Richie's daughter Nicole since her arrest Monday morning
, but he blames her troubles on the pressures of being in the public eye.
"You get caught up in the peer pressure and the hoopla – it's a media frenzy. It's insane. Success doesn't help," Jones, 73, told PEOPLE Thursday at a benefit performance of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy's new musical, The Bayou Legend,
in Los Angeles. "Processing success is a major, major, major process."
Jones, who has seven kids – six of them daughters – added, "I try to tell the young kids there are two cardinal rules: You should approach creativity with humility and have your success with grace. It's a gift from God. You don't deserve it. You are a vehicle of a higher power. Don't abuse it."
Richie, 25, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and told officers she had smoked marijuana and taken Vicodin
, police said.
But Jones remembers a time when life really was simpler for the Simple Life
star. "I adore Nicole," he said. "I've known her since she was a baby. She's a very smart girl. When she was younger she worked eight hours a day for eight years to become an Olympic figure skater. She's a very talented girl."