It seems Justin Bieber and Sofia Richie’s relationship is still going strong.
This is despite numerous media outlets assuming the “Sorry” superstar’s hangouts with Lionel Richie’s youngest daughter were over, because Bieber partied with model pal Bronte Blampied (and Rihanna and the singer Moxie Raia) during a recent trip to London where he headlined at the V Festival.
However, as numerous outlets also reported, Blampied is a mutual friend of Bieber and Richie.
Justin is now back in Los Angeles and was visited by Sofia at his Toluca Lake mansion on Tuesday, which was the eve of her 18th birthday.
Sofia Richie visits Justin Bieber after he partied with another girl http://dailym.ai/2bfzbls https://twitter.com/DailyMailCeleb/status/768312724711415808/photo/1pic.twitter.com/UaVkmd4bHl — Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) August 24, 2016
Richie later shared a post on Snapchat, revealing a look inside her doctor’s facility.
“Of course I’m sick day before my birthday….Anything else want to go wrong,” the teen model wrote.
Sofia also posted a selfie with her brother, Miles Richie.
“I am turning 18 tonight people!!!!! Words don’t describe how much I miss my bob. 18 doesn’t feel right without you,” she said, somewhat pensively.
The blonde added, “Thank you for never turning your back on me and always being my rock. Come home so I can have a hug and feel right again. So blessed to have someone like you in my life @bobbyskallywags.”
I am turning 18 tonight people!!!!! Words don't describe how much I miss my bob. 18 doesn't feel right without you. Thank you for never turning your back on me and always being my rock. Come home so I can have a hug and feel right again. So blessed to have someone like you in my life @bobbyskallywags
Miles responded with a similarly sweet note, writing, “Happy Almost Bday to my beautiful little shmurp of a sister… I love you more then anything and I hope u have a great f*****g bday filled with debauchery… My Life would be pointless without u.. Love u shlave.”
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) August 24, 2016
Before Sofia was seen leaving Justin’s home on Tuesday, the pair stepped out for juice at RAWkin’ Juice in Burbank, California, together. The teen model was photographed carrying one of the singer’s cute puppies, Esther.
Entertainment Tonight reports an eyewitness at the juice bar said Bieber and Richie definitely acted like a couple when they stopped by at around 4:30 p.m.
“He was very engaging with her the whole time, he was very attentive. They were the cutest little couple, there with a bodyguard,” the eyewitness told the outlet. “You could just tell they were a couple and he seemed to really care about her.”
“They did a taste test of some of the products and he made sure that she was involved,” the witness added. “He walked over and gave her a little cup of the sample. Justin was an absolute doll…I was so distracted by her skin and eyes — they are amazing.”
Check out some of the pictures which were posted at a Justin Bieber fan update Instagram account.
Sofia also had a birthday dinner last night at Koi restaurant. She later partied at 1OAK in West Hollywood. Justin did not attend and was not seen in Richie’s Snapchat stories from the soiree. No doubt, more celebrations are planned for the model’s official birthday today.
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) August 24, 2016
The pair were first spotted holding hands during an outing to Laguna Beach two weeks ago (August 5). Then, a few days later, Richie was seen leaving Bieber’s LA home in the morning. A trip to Japan followed, where the Grammy winner resumed his “Purpose Tour” in Tokyo.
All hell broke loose when Justin subsequently shared six pics of himself and Sofia on his Instagram. After fans from various fandoms posted abuse about the then 17-year-old model, the Biebs warned his fans that he would set his Instagram on private if the bullying continued.
Bieber’s former girlfriend Selena Gomez then chimed in hypocritically in the comments section and told her ex that he wouldn’t have received aggression from fans if he hadn’t posted the loved-up photos.
This is despite Selena previously threatening to delete her own Instagram account after fans accused of her of “shading” her ex-boyfriend in an Instagram video earlier this year.
A war of words followed, which included two photoshopped notes posted during Bieber and Gomez’s Instagram spat accusing each other of cheating. #SelenaEndedJustinParty subsequently trended on Twitter.
Bieber went on to delete his Instagram account altogether last week when the online attacks did not stop.
Selena Gomez’s Instagram Attack On Justin Bieber Was Hypocritical And Unnecessary https://t.co/lvitoljpQQ
— Inquisitr Showbiz (@IQShowbiz) August 17, 2016
Meanwhile, it’s all eyes on the now legal Sofia and Justin as their relationship continues. For how long, only time will tell. Bieber is only 22, and is currently on a world tour, so settling down is possibly not high on his agenda.
One thing which is certain, is (some) fans of varying allegiances show no signs of letting up on the abuse dumped at Sofia Richie’s Instagram account.
Watch a selection of videos from the first of the model’s 18th birthday celebrations below.
Thank you to everyone who came out last night and made my birthday something special. A big thanks to @richie_akiva and @darrendzienciol for putting it all together for me. It means the world to have people who will go out of there way to make someone feel special. I'll remember this night for the rest of my life, I love you guys. Oh And @hevin_gg & @chloebartoli ur my world. I'm so blessed
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