Following in the footsteps of her sister Nicole, 19-year-old Sofia Richie is fast becoming a tabloid sensation. The youngest daughter of soul legend Lionel is not only an in-demand fashion model, she’s also now dating a much older man who’s not exactly a stranger to showbiz dynasties. Here’s a look at the latest celebrity power couple.
Sofia was born in 1988 in Los Angeles to Lionel Richie and Diane Alexander. As well as having a bona fide soul legend as her father, she also had the King of Pop as her godfather. Sofia spent some of her childhood at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch and developed a close friendship with his daughter Paris.
Sofia began singing aged five, took up the piano just two years later and occasionally performed at her father’s live shows. By her teens she was planning to pursue a career in the music industry. She subsequently worked on her vocals with Tim Carter, the voice coach who helped to guide the superstar that is Beyonce.
She also later collaborated with her brother-in-law, Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden, in the studio. However, concerned about living up to Lionel’s reputation as a soul icon, she decided to ditch her musical ambitions shortly after. But that didn’t mean Sofia wanted to abandon the spotlight.
Indeed, by this point, Sofia had already started to make headway as a high-end fashion model. Aged just 14 she appeared in Teen Vogue, while a year later she landed a deal with LA-based swimwear brand Mary Grace Swim. Sofia signed a contract with top London agency Select Model Management when she was 16.
Adidas, DL1961, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana and Tommy Hilfiger were just some of the major names Sofia modeled for in her early years. High-profile photoshoots for Vanity Fair and Elle followed. She also graced the front covers of both Complex and the style issue of Billboard magazine.
Sofia also received support from some pretty impressive celebrity names. None other than the Queen of Pop, Madonna, chose her as the face of her Material Girl clothing line. In 2015 Stella McCartney personally invited her to attend one of the fashion calendar’s hottest events, the Met Ball.
Inspired by the Olsen twins’ label, The Row, Sofia also has aspirations of running her own fashion line. In 2014 she told Fault magazine, “I’d like it to be something you could wear day to day, or at night to a party. I want to be able to vary my outfits.”
Like every Hollywood starlet these days, Sofia is also a member of a super-glamorous squad. The teen counts Camila Morrone, Jordyn Woods and Bella Hadid as some of her close friends. And she regularly posts photos of their jet-setting lifestyle to her 2.7 million followers on Instagram.
Sofia’s profile further skyrocketed when she began dating pop idol Justin Bieber in 2016. The pair became the talk of every gossip site when they embarked on a number of romantic vacations. Their relationship soon fizzled out, but Bieber proved to be just the first of several celebrity beaus.
In early 2017 Sofia was spotted having lunch in Beverly Hills with Formula One star Lewis Hamilton. The pair later fueled the rumors when they stepped out together at Paris Fashion Week. Sofia also got tongues wagging with an Instagram post in which she called Hamilton, 14 years her senior, her “lil germ nugget.”
But just several months later she was making headlines for her increasingly close relationship with a reality TV star. Scott Disick, a regular on Keeping up with the Kardashians, was pictured on a yacht carrying around Sofia during his birthday celebrations in Cannes, France. Like Hamilton, Disick is much older than Sofia at 34.
Disick is himself no stranger to the tabloids. As well as his high-profile relationship with Kourtney Kardashian, he’s also been linked to ex-Disney actress Bella Thorne. Kris Jenner also kicked him off Keeping up with the Kardashians after he refused to seek help for his drinking problem.
Sofia initially denied all the romance rumors on Twitter. She tweeted, “Just so everyone can get their panties out of their asses, Scott and I are just homies.” But shortly after, she was papped linking arms with Disick and was also later photographed FaceTiming him..
The pair’s connections to the Kardashians made the story all the juicier. Disick has three kids, Mason, Penelope and Reign, with on-off ex Kourtney. Sofia was a long-time Kardashian family friend, who had been particularly close to Kylie and Kendall.
Reports emerged that Scott and Sofia became a proper couple during their visit to New York Fashion Week. But they appeared to make things truly official when they kissed in public during a trip to Florida. The pair locked lips as they relaxed by a Miami hotel pool.
An unnamed source told People magazine that the pair had become inseparable. “They are spending every day together,” the person said. “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.”
Not everyone was particularly happy about this latest whirlwind celebrity romance. Sofia’s father Lionel joked that he was “scared to death, are you kidding me?” when asked about the relationship. Scott’s ex Kourtney also reportedly described it as “a little weird.”
The relationship also allegedly caused tension between Sofia and her BFF Chloe Bartoli. The pair had reportedly been “like sisters” before Sofia began dating Scott. Chloe herself was rumored to be responsible for Disick’s break-up with Kourtney Kardashian after the pair were pictured partying together in 2015.
Despite this the pair have continued to flaunt their relationship in public. They were most recently seen kissing and holding hands while boarding a private plane. The couple also posted regular social media updates on their vacation to Punta Mita, Mexico. Going on past behavior, expect plenty more drama ahead.