Three years after marrying his second wife Diane Alexander, renowned musician Lionel Richie welcomed daughter Sofia on August 24, 1998.
As a child, Sofia remained out of the spotlight expect for a few red carpet appearances alongside her parents and famous sister Nicole.
At one point Sofia set out to follow in her father’s footsteps. She started singing at the age of 5 and was on her way to master the piano by the time she was seven. She dabbled in the music industry for some time, working with her brother-in-law, singer Joel Madden.
However, she ditched her aspirations of becoming a singer due to the pressure of living up to her father’s fame. Instead, she chose to pressure a career in the fashion industry and become a model.
By the age of 14, Sofia started appearing in campaigns by major brands like Chanel and Michael Kors. She signed with Select Model Management, and had features in magazines like Teen Vogue, Elle and Vanity Fair.
During her rise to fame, Sofia fraternized with the Kardashian family and befriended Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
“We all grew up the same way, so we all kind of had that understanding of everything. Just a looking-out-for-each-other kind of sense — sisters,” Sofia said in an interview with Complex magazine.
But things took and unexpected turn when the now 19-year-old started cozying up with one of the ex-boyfriend of one of the Kardashian sisters.
Back in June, Sofia was spotted hanging out and holding hands with Kourtney Kardashian’s ex-partner and father of her children, Scott Disick.
The teen initially denied rumors of a possible romance, but this weekend the pair confirmed that they’re officially dating through a series of posts on Instagram.