Lionel Richie on daughter Sofia's relationship with Scott Disick: 'I'm scared to death'

Model Sofia Richie, 19, has solidified her spot as one of fashion’s coolest “it girls” of the moment, but that spotlight has recently shifted to focus on her new, controversial relationship with E! reality star and dad of three, Scott Disick, 34.

News that Richie is dating Kourtney Kardashian’s longtime ex-boyfriend Scott was confirmed in September, after the two were spotted together out and about in New York City.

US Weekly asked Sofia's father, Lionel Richie, his thoughts on the situation at American Idol auditions (he was recently named a judge for the hit show’s reboot season, alongside Katy Perry and Luke Bryan) on Wednesday (Oct. 4), and like any normal concerned dad, we can’t say his reaction is surprising.

“Have I been in shock?! I’m the dad, come on,” the 68-year-old expressed. “I’m scared to death, are you kidding me?” he said of his teenage daughter’s new-found love interest.

The couple has been seen together in NYC, LA, and even on a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico over the past month, showing no shortage of PDA, and the 19-year-old, who previously dated Justin Bieber, even made the relationship “Instagram official” on Tuesday, posing for a cozy photo with Disick on the beach.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen on December 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 08: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen during Art Week Party at Sugar Factory American Brasserie on December 8, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sugar Factory)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 08: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen during Art Week Party at Sugar Factory American Brasserie on December 8, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sugar Factory)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 06: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie attend DuJour's Jason Binn And WellNEST Celebrate Miami Beach's Art Basel Kick-Off at The Confidante on December 6, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Dujour)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Sofia Richie, Scott Disick and Alec Monopoly attend Haute Living's VIP Pop-Up opening of Alec Monopoly from Art Life and David Yarrow from Maddox Gallery at Fleur De Lis Ballroom, Fontainebleau Miami Beach on December 7, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Romain Maurice/Getty Images for Haute Living)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen on October 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen on September 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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Scott + Sofia Richie spotted at a hotel in Miami on Thursday❤️
Scott + Sofia spotted on a beach in Miami on Saturday😍😍
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen on September 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Scott + Sofia Richie spotted at a hotel in Miami on Thursday❤️
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Scott Disick, Sofia Richie and Josie Marie Canseco attend Kith Sport fashion show during New York Fashion Week at the Classic Car Club on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie (L) seen out and about in Queens on May 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: (L-R) Scott Disick and Sofia Richie seen out and about in Queens on May 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie are seen on May 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 25: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie attend ASOS celebrates partnership with Life Is Beautiful at No Name on April 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 14: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie celebrate Valentine's Day at San Diego's new Theatre Box® Entertainment Complex with dinner at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Theatre Box® on February 14, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Theatre Box)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 14: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie celebrate Valentine's Day at San Diego's new Theatre Box® Entertainment Complex with dinner at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Theatre Box® on February 14, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Theatre Box)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 14: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie celebrate Valentine's Day at San Diego's new Theatre Box® Entertainment Complex with dinner at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Theatre Box® on February 14, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Theatre Box)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 14: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie celebrate Valentine's Day at San Diego's new Theatre Box® Entertainment Complex with dinner at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Theatre Box® on February 14, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Theatre Box)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 04: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick dine at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Fashion Show Mall on January 4, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 16: Scott Disick (L) and Sofia Richie at the VIP Exhibit Preview for "Street Dreams" on November 16, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 03: Scott Disick & Sofia Richie arrive for Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 3, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 01: Scott Disick and and Sofia Richie make a store appearance at Windsor Smith at Chadstone Shopping Centre on November 1, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MALBU, CA - MAY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen on May 05, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen in Malibu on May 05, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/GC Images)
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