Sofia Richie is opening up about her rumored romance with Justin Bieber. The model told Billboard in a recent interview that she has a “special relationship” with the “Sorry” singer.
“Justin is very easy to talk to, and that’s hard to find with people in Los Angeles,” Richie, whose father is Lionel Richie, said when asked about her rumored boyfriend.
The 18-year-old didn’t elaborate on the nature of their relationship, but it’s clear that they’re more than just friends.
The “Let Me Love You” singer, 22, not only whisked Richie away to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to celebrate her 18th birthday last month after sightseeing in Japan, but also deleted his Instagram account to protect Richie after getting into a comment battle with his fans and ex Selena Gomez.
“I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand,” Bieber wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of him and Richie last month. “If you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people like that.”
Gomez then weighed in on the drama, commenting on the snap: “If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – it should be special between you two only. Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you.”
Bieber then accused Gomez of using him for attention, prompting the “Kill ’em With Kindness” singer to allege that he cheated on her.
“I cheated… Oh I forgot about You and Zayn?” Bieber allegedly wrote back before deleting his account.
After packing on the PDA in Cabo, Richie and Bieber returned to the states together and were last spotted out in Los Angeles on August 26. On Wednesday, September 6, Bieber went hiking in L.A. while Richie was busy walking in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 show in New York.
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