In terms of Hollywood relationships, a 15-year age gap isn’t exactly groundbreaking. But for pop legend Lionel Richie, that still doesn’t mean he’s thrilled that his 19-year-old daughter Sofia Richie is dating 34-year-old Scott Disick.
We get it. Disick has three kids and up until a year ago, Sofia still legally was a kid. There’s an ick factor. There, we said it. It may not be on the Dane Cook level, but it’s there.
Disick, best known for being the only person with a personality and sense of humour on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, shares three kids with ex Kourtney Kardashian. As for Richie, she’s previously dated Justin Bieber, Jake Andrews, and soccer player Samir Nasri, who was 29 when he dated the 17-year-old model. Again, icccccck.
Lionel is hoping that staying quiet is the best line of defense, with the American Idol judge believing the relationship will eventually run its course, probably because the pair have nothing to talk about. We assume.
“She’s 19,” Lionel told the Daily Telegraph this week. “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.”
The famous singer said that he views his young daughter’s new relationship as a type of karma for his own behaviour in his younger years. “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.’ My daughter is getting me back for my Afro days,” joked Lionel. Okay, but how old was his girlfriend?
The Grammy-winning singer said that he’s unsure what to think now that Sofia has entered into the reality star world, one that his older daughter, Nicole Richie, helped create with her 2003 show The Simple Life, along with co-star Paris Hilton. “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.”
We’d never tell anyone how to parent, but considering her penchant for much, much, much older men, maybe Lionel could stay out of Sofia’s love life, but get involved in her day-to-day life, like encouraging her to go to school and meet people a little closer to her age (no professors allowed!).