Did Lionel Richie really tell his daughter Sofia to stop spending money on Scott Disick? That's the latest claim coming from one of this week's tabloids, but Gossip Cop can exclusively set the record straight. We're told it's "false."
According to OK!, 19-year-old Sofia has been "flashing the cash" ever since she got together with Disick, and her dad Lionel is "feeling the pinch." A so-called "source" is quoted as telling the gossip magazine, "Lionel has always disapproved of the relationship, but what bothers him most right now is how much money Sofia is charging to his credit cards." The outlet's dubious "insider" continues to claim that while the model has money of her own, she doesn't have enough to "pay for nonstop vacations in Mexico and Venice," having allegedly spent "$500,000 in Mexico with Scott, on their resort, dinners and helicopter rides."
The publication's questionable tipster further purports, "Lionel's told Sofia to cut it out, but all she talks about is where to take Scott next!" Gossip Cop, however, fact-checked the story, and on the condition of anonymity, a source close to Lionel tells us the report is entirely "false." We're further told Sofia's spending has "never been mentioned," nor has it ever been a topic of conversation between the father and daughter.
Additionally, contrary to the outlet's claim that Lionel is interfering in the romance, the "All Night Long" singer has given Disick his stamp of approval. During a joint red carpet appearance in November at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Patron of the Artists Awards, Sofia shared how her dad Lionel feels about her dating Disick. "He's good. He's been very nice. He's been very cool. He's very supportive, whatever that means," she said, while Lionel amusingly (and jokingly) made a hand gesture that looked like he was aiming a gun at his head.
Lionel went on to crack, "I am into her business, and she's trying to keep me out of her business. The fact is, I don't know, how can you sneak when everything is on Instagram?" Sofia quipped, "Well, I'm not hiding anything from you!" It's clear the father and daughter share a great relationship, and it's even clearer that the report about the star telling Sofia to stop spending money on Disick is completely phony.
Of course, this isn't the first time Gossip Cop has busted the often discredited publication for spreading nonsense about the couple. In November, for example, we called out OK! when it falsely claimed that Sofia only started dating Disick to rebel against her family, but began to freak out when she discovered he wanted to get engaged. Much like that bogus report, this latest one about Lionel telling Sofia to stop spending money on Disick is equally untrue.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.