According to reports, Lionel Richie thinks his daughter Sofia Richie and her new boyfriend Elliot Grainge are “a perfect match”.
The 22-year-old model recently became official on Instagram with her new boyfriend Elliot – a music manager and son of Universal Music Group’s CEO Lucian Grainge – and sources now claim her famous father Lionel couldn’t be happier with his daughter’s mate choice.
A source told E! News: “Sofia and Elliot have known each other for years but have only recently become romantic. They didn’t grow up close, but Lionel is friends with Elliot’s father and has worked with him for years.
“Lionel absolutely loves it [Elliot]. He thinks they are a perfect match and that it was a natural development for Sofia and Elliot to get together. They are all family friends and Sofia and Elliot [started] hanging out more recently this year. She thinks he’s funny and loves that he’s a cool guy. “
The insider also claimed that while the relationship was “very new”, Sofia was “very interested” in getting “serious” with 27-year-old Elliot.
Sofia and Elliot made their relationship Instagram official on Wednesday (04/07/21) when Sofia shared pictures of herself and her new boyfriend kissing.
Their romance was first reported earlier this week when a separate source said the two were “happy and having fun” together.
They said, “They have been friends for years and Elliot is also close to Sofia’s brother Miles. It is very nice for Sofia to meet someone her family approves and likes.
“Sofia and Elliot are happy and having fun together.”
The new romance comes after Sofia had a brief encounter with Matthew Morton after breaking up with 37-year-old Scott Disick last year after almost three years together.
And Scott recently revealed on an episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” that their breakup was caused in part by his continued close relationship with ex-girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian, with whom he has three children – Mason, 11, Penelope, 8, and rule, six.
Speaking to Kourtney, who is now in a relationship with Travis Barker, he said, “I don’t know, I just think that people come into our lives thinking that maybe it is easier than it is. To be with you or be with me … it is very true that we come with a lot of luggage. And it’s definitely not easy for us to see each other, work together, and be friends.
“When you’re with someone for the first time, everyone who makes changes is like, ‘Oh, I’ll do anything because I’m so happy or so in love and so excited. ‘But then when it sinks in and becomes real life, it’s very different. “