Is Lionel Richie financially cutting off his daughter, Sofia Richie, if she doesn't dump boyfriend Scott Disick? That's the claim in one of this week's new tabloids, but Gossip Cop looked into the situation and we've exclusively learned the truth.
As Sofia's relationship with the reality star becomes increasingly serious, a so-called "source" tells OK! that her unhappy dad is "hitting Sofia where it hurts, in her wallet." The outlet's questionable insider says the singer "has stopped paying Sofia's credit card bills" and is "talking to his lawyers about writing her out of his will unless she dumps Scott."
The alleged insider adds, "But Sofia's position is that love trumps money. She wishes her dad would accept Scott, but she believes they can go it alone if he doesn't." Still, the dubious source maintains, "Lionel will do anything he can to split up Sofia and Scott." Gossip Cop, however, has learned these claims aren't accurate. We checked in with a mutual pal of ours and the iconic musician, who exclusively assures us the tabloid's story is simply "not true."
In fact, Sofia was at her father's house on Tuesday night participating in a photoshoot ahead of the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors, where he's set to receive an award. This bogus story seems to have been manufactured based on a recent Us Weekly interview in which Lionel admitted he's "scared to death" of his 19-year-old daughter dating the 34-year-old reality star. However, the magazine noted the singer was semi-joking about the situation. Regardless of what Lionel may think of Disick, he hasn't cut off his daughter over her relationship.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time we've had to debunk a bogus story surrounding the singer's supposed involvement in his daughter's romance. Gossip Cop recently busted OK!'s sister publication, the National Enquirer, for falsely claiming Lionel asked his daughter Nicole to intervene in her younger sister's relationship. Shortly before that fabrication, we called out OK! for its tall tale about Disick having a baby with Richie to get revenge on the Kardashians. This latest article is more fiction.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.