Richie's personal life attracted significant media attention during The Simple Life's five-year run, and she was a constant fixture of tabloid journalism before and after her appearance.
Richie is married to musician Joel Madden and they have two children, Harlow and Sparrow.
He was expecting an entitled brat, but Lionel was pleasantly surprised to find just the opposite," a source told Hollywood Life on Sunday.
"Justin charmed him right off the bat because he’s a huge Commodores fan and he grew up with his dad playing all of Lionel’s solo stuff.
Lionel Richie, 67, was out with his young daughter, Sofia Richie, 18, when paparazzi hounded him with questions about the teenager’s relationship with Justin Bieber, 22. Watch it all go down here: Even though the singer didn’t give too much intel into his feelings about the Biebs dating his little girl, Hollywood has EXCLUSIVELY heard that he’s all about the pairing.
Eventually, Sofia got so “uncomfortable,” that she just began running away from the cameras, leaving her father in a fit of laughter.
Still, Lionel feels Justin deserves a chance with his daughter.
In recent months, Justin has been linked to Bronte Blampeid, Hailey Baldwin, Sahara Ray, Kourtney Kardashian, AND a mystery brunette, whom he reportedly exchanged phone numbers with outside a West Hollywood restaurant.Sofia Richie's family approves of her new boyfriend, Justin Bieber -- at least according to a recent report.Weeks into Richie and Bieber's romance, a source claims the model's father, Lionel Richie, and her sister, Nicole Richie, are both on board with the "Let Me Love You" singer. He was skeptical at first because of all the bad press Justin has gotten over the years.Richie graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus.A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute, and dropped out of Tuskegee Institute after his sophomore year.