Wednesday 17 October 2018

Sofia Richie (19) says father Lionel is 'very supportive' of her romance with Scott Disick (34)

The new couple went public with its romance by sharing a date picture with fans on social media last week. Photo: Sofia Richie / Instagram
The new couple went public with its romance by sharing a date picture with fans on social media last week. Photo: Sofia Richie / Instagram
(L-R) Singer Lionel Richie, daughter Nicole Richie and daughter Sophia Richie in 2008. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Sofia Richie. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Pat McGrath's Unlimited Collection )
Sofia Richie (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for DL1961)
Jordan Kale Barrett (L) and Sofia Richie attend the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images For US Weekly)
TV personalities Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian attend the Wildfox Swim Cruise 2014 show at Soho Beach House on July 21, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Wildfox)
US model Sofia Richie poses as she arrives for the amfAR's 24th Cinema Against AIDS Gala on May 25, 2017 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France. / AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Justin Bieber is seen with model Sofia Richie on August 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG003/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

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Lionel Richie is “very supportive” of his daughter Sofia’s relationship with Scott Disick.

The ‘Hello’ hitmaker originally said he was “scared to death” at the thought of his 19-year-old daughter dating the 34-year-old reality star - who has three children, Mason, seven, Penelope, five, and Reign, two, with his former partner Kourtney Kardashian - but Sofia has now insisted her father is “cool” with the situation.

US model Sofia Richie poses as she arrives for the amfAR's 24th Cinema Against AIDS Gala on May 25, 2017 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France. / AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
US model Sofia Richie poses as she arrives for the amfAR's 24th Cinema Against AIDS Gala on May 25, 2017 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France. / AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

Speaking to E! News, Sofia said: "He's good. He's been very nice. He's been very cool. He's very supportive, whatever that means.”

Sofia’s comments come after Lionel, 68, previously expressed is concern at the 15 year age gap between his daughter and the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star.

He said: "Have I been in shock?! I'm the dad, come on. I'm scared to death, are you kidding me?”

The music legend is also said to be concerned that Scott's "playboy ways" could pose heartbreak for his daughter in the future.

Sofia Richie (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for DL1961)
Sofia Richie (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for DL1961)

A source said previously: "He thinks Scott is the worst person she could ever see and that he raised her better than that. He thinks she should have more respect for herself as a young woman. Lionel knows Scott's playboy ways and he doesn't want to see his daughter get hurt.”

Meanwhile, sources recently claimed that Sofia and Scott - who confirmed their relationship in September after having first been spotted together in Cannes in May - are “still going strong”.

An insider said: "[Scott and Sofia] are still going strong [and] having a great time. [They are] happy and having fun for now.”

Before the pair had officially confirmed their romance, they were said to be “smitten” with one another, and had been “inseparable” since returning to LA after their trip to the French city, which saw Scott spend time with a bevy of babes, including actress Bella Thorne.

TV personalities Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian attend the Wildfox Swim Cruise 2014 show at Soho Beach House on July 21, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Wildfox)
TV personalities Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian attend the Wildfox Swim Cruise 2014 show at Soho Beach House on July 21, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Wildfox)

A source said at the time: "Since returning to LA, Scott and Sofia are inseparable. They are spending every day together. Sofia seems smitten. It's obvious that she looks up to Scott. She constantly giggles around him. They are very flirty. Scott takes care of her, opens the car door and pays for everything."

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