The 17-year-old aspiring model — and daughter of Lionel and Diana Richie — unveiled the cut, which just brushes her shoulders, via Instagram on Friday, August 19. “Yup we chopped it,” she wrote, tagging her hairstylist, the L.A.-based Andy LeCompte.
The stylist, who also works with Madonna and Fergie, re-grammed the snap and added, “Yes we did Sofia…. this gorgeous girl came in yesterday for a hot new look!!🔥🔥🔥 #haircut #materialgirl @wellahairusa #speakeimi.”
Richie decided to go short one week after returning from Japan with Bieber, 22. The pair were snapped walking around Tokyo, the latest stop on the musician’s Purpose tour. They then posted pictures with each other on their various social media pages — a move that caused Bieber’s extensive fan base to lash out at the teen model. Shortly after that, Bieber threatened to make his Instagram account private, which is when his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez decided to put in her two cents.
“If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – it should be special between you two only,” Gomez commented via Instagram. “Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you.”
The note started a finger-pointing battle between the stars that ended with the “Hands to Myself” singer, 24, apologizing and Bieber deleting his account. For her part, Richie stayed mostly mum, save for one Snapchat video that showed her dancing along to the pop star’s hit “Let Me Love You.”
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