Lionel Richie’s daughter Sofia Richie, 19, is in a relationship with Kardashian kast-off Scott Disick, 34. In some relationships, age difference is of no concern and if everybody’s legal and happy – play ball. And then there’s the relationship in which your man is the kind of guy who left his rich girlfriend and their three kids to keep partying on yachts but is probably still driving the Bentley she bought him and he likes you to wear bikinis around his friends so he can show off your hot body and brag about it. That’s this kind of relationship.
Sofia’s dad, American Idol judge and legendary smooth operator Lionel, appears to feel the same way. He told The Daily Telegraph (via People) that he thinks Sofia and Scott are “just a phase“. This means that Lionel doesn’t like his daughter’s dude and Scott has never been invited to the Richie manse to see the giant clay Lionel head from the “Hello” video. It’s surely displayed in a glass case in their foyer and it’s a privilege to view it in person.
“She’s 19,” Lionel said. “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 and I’m going to stand real still in the corner, get me a good drink and not make too much noise.”
Sounds like a plan. Lionel joked that his afro was sort of the Scott Disick when it came to dating back in the day.
“Now I know what my parents meant when I came through the door with my Afro and my girlfriend and said ‘Dad, I’m in love’ and [he] looked at me and said ‘Okay, we’re going to leave you alone for a minute and you’ll figure it out,’ ” Lionel joked. “My daughter is getting me back for my Afro days!”
Lionel is probably pretty boring as an American Idol judge because it turns out he’s all about diplomacy.
Asked what Disick is like, Lionel had only nice things to say. “From what I met of him he’s a very nice guy,” he said.
Translation – I know he’s an evil cad and the Kardashians are trashy and that Kris Jenner biddy, whoo, boy, let’s not go there, ok, Mr. Daily Telegraph? Thanks.
“When you hang around the reality world, who knows what you are really doing?” Lionel said. “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. I’ll continue to be my cheerful self and move on.”
Sofia was previously linked with upsetting toddler Justin Bieber.
But Lionel himself is no stranger to relationship drama and bad choices. He and his then future second ex-wife (Hollywood *shakes head*) Diane Alexander were once beaten up by his future first ex-wife Brenda Harvey when she caught them together in a Beverly Hills hotel room. After a wife loses her shit and tries to pummel you and the woman you’re cheating on her with into nothingness, you learn to keep your personal family shit together and on lockdown.