How Lionel Richie really feels about Sofia's relationship with Scott Disick

Sophia Richie's relationship with Scott Disick is not without controversy. Many people are critical of the 15-year age gap, as well as the fact that now 21-year-old Richie was just a teenager when they started dating. Until recently, critics included Richie's father, music legend Lionel Richie. 

"She's 19," the singer told The Daily Telegraph (via People) in 2018. "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."

Lionel Richie did seem open to changing his mind, though. "I don't really know what to think," he said. "I told Sofia I will have no opinion. I'll continue to be my cheerful self and move on."

Lionel Richie has warmed up to Sophia Richie's relationship with Scott Disick

Lionel Richie seems to be coming around to the idea of his daughter being with the Keeping up with the Kardashians star. The three recently spent Thanksgiving together, and an insider told E! News that Lionel seems to be handling the relationship better. 

"Scott and Sofia are still together and all is well for now," said the source. "They spent Thanksgiving with Lionel Richie and they all flew together on his private jet for their holiday trip. Lionel has accepted their relationship but still isn't entirely 100 percent on board with Scott mostly because of the age difference and how young Sofia is. Lionel can see how happy Sofia is though so he is definitely making more of an effort with Scott."

The source added, "He is a really honest, up front kind of guy and feels like his father-daughter relationship with Sofia is more important than anything so he's trying to be there for Sofia and to be supportive of her despite his reservations about her relationship. They all had a really great holiday together though and progress is for sure being made between Lionel and Scott."