Lionel Richie Reacts To His Teenage Daughter Sofia Dating Scott Disick, Who Is 15 Years Her Senior
The multi-awarded singer's plans for his daughter's relationship are simple: "I’m going to stand real still in the corner, get me a good drink and not make too much noise," Lionel Richie said with a chuckle.
His 19-year-old model and singer daughter, Sofia, is in a seemingly serious relationship with 34-year-old businessman and reality star Scott Disick. If his name rings any bells, it's because he's the well-known ex of Kourtney Kardashian, with whom he has children with. If you've kept up with the Kardashians, you'd also know that it was Scott who called it quits with Kourtney in 2015 after a decade-long on-and-off romance.
While Sofia and Scott's relationship has been out in the news for sometime, it was anyone's guess what her famous father felt about it. Having a 15-year age gap between your teenage daughter and her new beau, who also happens to be a dad of three, isn't exactly a typical scenario a parent ever wants to deal with after all!
But it turns out that the 68-year-old music legend is playing it pretty cool, choosing to stay silent and simply wait for things to play out.
"When you hang around the reality world, who knows what you are really doing? This is a well-oiled machine, the Kardashian machine. I don't really know what to think. I told Sofia I will have no opinion," he shared in an interview with Australia's Daily Telegraph.
Sofia and Scott, who are said to have met through their mutual connections to the Kardashian-Jenner brood, let the public know about their relationship late in 2017 on Instagram. The snapshot shows the loved up couple with arms around each other, calm clouds and gentle waves serving as their backdrop. They've been photographed on numerous occasions looking like a couple in love ever since.
Many were anticipating Lionel to oppose the relationship, but instead, he's even said that it reminded him of what he was like as an afro-sporting 19-year-old boy many years ago. He recalls an instance when he brought home a new love to introduce to his own father and claimed he had found "The One."
Narrating the scenario, Lionel joked, "[He] looked at me and said, 'Okay, we're going to leave you alone for a minute and you'll figure it out.'" Now that he's a father himself, it seems that he's taking the same hands-off approach to letting his daughter experience life and all the complexities it brings for her to maneuver on her own.
Overall and despite the age gap, it looks like Sofia is flourishing in her new relationship. The couple has been together for a few months now and sources close to them have claimed that the young Sofia has actually been a good influence to Scott. Known for being a social butterfly and a regular at Hollywood's most exclusive parties, Scott was said to be living a more toned down life now, thanks to Sofia.
Because she lets him live his life on a rather long leash, he feels less pressured to meet strict demands and shows his appreciation for his freedom by keeping himself in line—a supposedly stark contrast from his relationship with Kourtney. Sofia, on the other hand, continues to build her modeling career.
And in case you were wondering, yes, Lionel has met Scott, and he's said only positive things about him. Still, Lionel is drawing from his deep well of experiences and wisdom to handle his daughter's highly publicized relationship.
"She's 19. When you're 19 you know everything. Is it going to be for life? I don't know. But for right now it's just a phase," he said.
We're about to hear more about Sofia and Scott's romance as Scott is set to appear in another upcoming Keeping Up With the Kardashians episode. On a previous episode, Scott had already answered questions from Kris Jenner about Sofia, so we're sure many more are coming our way!
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