Earlier than Sofia’s mother and father bought collectively, Lionel was married to his faculty sweetheart, Brenda Harvey, from 1975 to 1993. Throughout their relationship, the pair adopted Sofia’s sister, Nicole, when she was 9 years outdated.
Following his divorce from Harvey, Lionel tied the knot with Diane Alexander on Dec. 21, 1995, and went on to welcome two kids along with her. Their son, Miles Richie, was born on Might 27, 1994, whereas Sofia arrived on Aug. 24, 1998. Lionel and Alexander have been married for 9 years earlier than they divorced in 2004. Since then, the “American Idol” star has moved on along with his girlfriend Lisa Parigi.
In a September 2018 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Sofia revealed she as soon as tried following in her father’s footsteps by learning music as a child. “My dad had me in singing lessons from a really young age and I’ve played piano with my dad growing up, so I have that part of me,” she mentioned.
Whereas Sofia loves music, she determined to not make it her profession as a result of she would at all times be in her father’s shadow. “I feel like that is a lot of responsibility to take it on. I’d have to do it 100 percent and I’m not ready to do that,” she defined. “I have to try and find my own way.”
Though Sofia did not find yourself turning into a singer like her dad, she did make a reputation for herself as a mannequin and clothier. Through the years, Sofia has collaborated with main manufacturers like Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and Adidas, and has been on the quilt of assorted magazines around the globe. She’s additionally launched a swimwear assortment with Frankies Bikinis, in addition to her very personal clothes line in partnership with Nicole’s life-style model, Home of Harlow 1960.
In July 2017, Lionel gushed over Sofia’s success within the vogue world, telling USA Right now, “She’s enjoying it. And the good news is, she’s ambitious about her work. And she wants to be in it. And she’s working very hard. I’m proud of her and all my kids.”
Sofia married music government Elliot Grainge on April 22, 2023. The mannequin shared varied images from her large day on Instagram, which revealed that each her mother and father have been proper by her facet all through the ceremony. Lionel additionally walked Sofia down the aisle.
In an April interview with Vogue, Sofia informed the publication she bought “emotional” whereas taking within the second along with her dad. “I was watching one by one each bridesmaid and groomsman walk down the aisle, and we were inching closer to the front, and I couldn’t believe it was happening,” she recalled.
“My father has always been the most comforting figure in my life, and he’s kept me grounded,” she continued, including that he eased her nerves by speaking to her earlier than starting their stroll. “He said, ‘You’re the love of my life, and I’m so happy for you.’ It was very emotional, and I feel so lucky that I have my parents. I’m very grateful.”