Sofia Richie and Justin Bieber are officially dating, according to Glamour Magazine. The 17-year-old daughter of legendary Lionel Richie and the “Cold Water” singer have gone public with their romance.
— Justin Biebs (@BieberBot9000) August 13, 2016
It’s been several days since photos of Bieber and Sofia Richie holding hands surfaced on the internet. And while many wondered if the two could be just friends, it appears that now the two have gone from cutely holding hands to something more serious. Sofia Richie, daughter of Lionel Richie and Diane Alexander, who is a former dancer and fashion designer, was spotted leaving Bieber’s house in the early hours of the morning. And it can mean only one thing: their relationship is heating up (or was Richie catching Pokemon at the “Purpose” singer’s house the entire night?).
In addition to their PDA in Tokyo, Bieber took to Instagram to defend Sofia Richie. And ever since then, the duo have been spotted together multiple times. Although right now Bieber refers to Richie as someone he “likes,” could the 17-year-old model, who turns 18-years-old on August 24, be a more passionate Bieber girlfriend than Selena Gomez once was?
Just last week, Sofia Richie and Bieber were spotted holding hands and shopping together at Yaesu shopping mall in Tokyo, according to the Daily Mail. The duo looked very cozy together and Bieber even threatened to quit Instagram if his fans don’t stop verbally abusing his new girlfriend in Instagram comments.
“I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) August 14, 2016
Selena Gomez, meanwhile, is jealous over her ex-boyfriend Bieber reacting so angrily to Instagram hate comments about his current girlfriend, Sofia Richie. The “Kill Em with Kindness” singer trolled Bieber by telling him to not post pictures of his girlfriend if he “can’t handle” hate.
“If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – it should be special between you two only.”
Gomez also added that Bieber shouldn’t be mad at his fans, as they are the ones who loved and supported him before “anyone ever did,” hinting that his fans should be more important to him than his yet another girlfriend, Sofia Richie. After his split from Gomez, Bieber has been rumored to be dating several other girls.
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) August 22, 2016
But Bieber was quick to respond to Gomez, saying that it’s “funny” when people that “used” him for attention are still giving him advice about his private life. The “What Do You Mean?” singer has previously claimed that Gomez dated him for attention.
“I’m not one for anyone receiving hate. Hope u all can be kind to my friends and each other. And yes I love my beliebers.”
Bieber’s fans have been posting hate comments about Sofia Richie’s appearance and Bieber couldn’t put up with it anymore, so he threatened to make his Instagram account private. Many fans of the singer are wondering whether his romance with the daughter of Lionel Richie is getting serious or it’s just a no-strings-attached kind of relationship.
— People Magazine (@people) August 18, 2016
The theory that Bieber and Sofia Richie could be having the no-strings-attached relationship originated after Richie was spotted getting into a car outside Bieber’s house in Toluca Lake. The model was dressed in a sports bra and pajama bottoms, which was a clear indication that the two had spent that night together.
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