Lionel Richie says daughter Sofia’s relationship with Scott Disick is ‘just a phase’

Lionel Richie may not be dancing on the ceiling over news of that his 19-year-old daughter Sofia Richie is dating Kourtney Kardashian’s 34-year-old ex Scott Disick, but he’s still standing by her no matter what.

The Grammy winner and American Idolhost, 68,  talked about his daughter’s new pairing in an interview with the daily Telegraph published Saturday.

“She’s 19,” Lionel said. “When you’re 19 you know everything. Is it going to be for life? I don’t know. But for right now it’s just a phase and I’m going to stand real still in the corner, get me a good drink and not make too much noise.”

“Now I know what my parents meant when I came through the door with my Afro and my girlfriend and said ‘Dad, I’m in love’ and [he] looked at me and said ‘Okay, we’re going to leave you alone for a minute and you’ll figure it out,’ ” Lionel joked. “My daughter is getting me back for my Afro days!”

Asked what Disick is like, Lionel had only nice things to say. “From what I met of him he’s a very nice guy,” he said.

According to PEOPLE, he admitted to not really knowing that much about Disick.

“When you hang around the reality world, who knows what you are really doing?” Lionel said. “This is a well-oiled machine, the Kardashian machine. I don’t really know what to think. I told Sofia I will have no opinion. I’ll continue to be my cheerful self and move on.”

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