Sofia Richie is a 22-year-old model and actress — with some very famous family and friends. She’s been featured in major brand campaigns and it’s very likely you’ve seen glimpses of her growing up on a variety of reality TV shows.
Here’s everything you need to know about the up-and-comer who’s finally stepping out of her family’s shadow.
Who is Sofia Richie?
Born on Aug. 24, 1998, Richie is the birth daughter of Lionel Richie and his second wife Diane Alexander. She’s the younger sister of Nicole Richie, whom Lionel adopted from a member of his band. In 2014, she made several appearances on Nicole’s reality series Candidly Nicole. She also has an older brother, Miles Richie. Her brother-in-law, Nicole’s husband, is Joel Madden of the band Good Charlotte. Meanwhile, her godfather is Michael Jackson and she is good friends with his daughter Paris Jackson.
For a time, Richie felt like she was overshadowed by her famous family — until she stepped into her own light.
She told ET in February 2020 that she “kind of felt like I was stuck in everyone’s shadow.” However, she added that she’s “very different from both my sister and my dad, so I feel like I’ve kind of navigated into my lane and it’s been great for me.”
Richie started modeling when she was 15.
Richie started modeling when she was 15 years old after snagging a gig with L.A.-based swimwear company Mary Grace Swim. She has since been featured in major campaigns with Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Chanel, just to name a few of her prominent gigs.
When she was 18, Richie told Complex she had considered, but ultimately decided against, a music career.
“I wanted to have a music career for a long time. Music is my life and it speaks to me — Rihanna, a lot of Frank Ocean, I love Shawn Mendes!” Richie said . “But I don’t want my own music career. I’m Lionel Richie’s daughter. When I do this I have to be 100 percent good and it was too much pressure for me. I just want to have my own direction and be free with it. I don’t want anyone to have a hold on me because of my dad.”
Sofia settled on pursuing modeling and, more recently, acting.
“I want to get into acting!” Richie told ET in February. “I feel like, for a while, I kind of held back on things because I was afraid of failure, but 2020 is [the year of] no fear! I’m gonna be doing acting stuff really soon. […] The roles I’m reading for right now are kind of similar to me, so they’re easy for me to play and I really, really enjoy it.”
Richie had a very public three-year relationship with Scott Disick.
Richie briefly dated Justin Bieber from August to September 2016.
“We have a special relationship. Justin is very easy to talk to, and that’s hard to find with people in Los Angeles,” she told Billboard about Bieber at the time.
The following year in May 2017, she started dating Scott Disick, who is 15 years her senior and Kourtney Kardashian’s ex-husband. The two were first spotted yachting in Cannes together. They eventually confirmed their relationship in October 2017 in an Instagram post.
Disick was spotted with another woman in June 2018; however, the couple denied split rumors and persisted.
In August 2019, Disick bought Richie an Aston Martin for her birthday. That same year, she began vacationing with Disick, Kardashian and their kids, which was featured in an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It was also the year Lionel Richie revealed he didn’t exactly approve of their relationship.
“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,” a source told E!. “Lionel can see how happy Sofia is though so he is definitely making more of an effort with Scott.”
In May 2020, Disick went to rehab for substance use issues and past traumas, including the death of his parents. That month, Richie and Disick called it quits, only to get back together in July and then split again in August.
Sources told E! that Richie felt Disick was spending too much time with Kardashian and his children.
“Things haven’t been great between them. Scott’s been spending every day with Kourtney and the kids and has been vacationing with her,” the source said. “Things are always tense between Scott and Sofia when he goes away without her.”
Sofia is now believed to be dating 27-year-old Cha Cha Matcha co-founder Matthew Morton.
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