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Sofia Richie Talks On Being the Daughter of Lionel Richie and Relationship Criticisms

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By Nic Morales

Being the youngest daughter of the music legend, Lionel Richie, Sofia Richie has been living in the public eye for her entire life. Fox News reports that the 21 year-old sister of Nicole Richie recently had a discussion with Cosmopolitan in preparation for her feature in the publication's upcoming April issue.

“When things were first starting, I was discouraged because everything I did was ‘Lionel Richie’s daughter,’” the prior model explained. “... But it’s hard branching out into my own person when I have such a powerful artist as a father."

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“My dad was always like, ‘Once you find your thing, you’ll move away from that,’ and I feel like over the past couple of years, I found my lane in life to go the direction I want to go.” Richie throws in.

When asked about her modeling career, Richie says, “A lot of people just become models because they’re influencers,”

“We would all get the same jobs, be in the same space, and be labeled the same thing, and I hated it." she tells the publication.

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"It made me step back and be like, 'Okay, I’m a creative individual and I want to be smart, start my own businesses, do something I can do on my own, and not be attached to other people.'” the girlfriend of Kourtney Kardashian's ex, Scott Disick continues.

The "lane" Richie's interested in includes a product line an a YouTube channel. “I was too scared to fail, and that was the reason I didn’t do it before,” and added, “This year, I’m not scared to fail. I don’t think there’s necessarily failing. It’s just learning and growing.”

Mental Health: A Topic to Cover

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“I feel like there’s a space for me to talk about mental health, having dealt with severe anxiety,” says Richie. The topic is certainly calling for more attention. Who better than a person with experience to come forward as an activist for other sufferers?

Being a victim of "zero-to-a-hundred panic attacks" because of "stupid things, like not having a water bottle in the car or getting stuck in traffic.” definitely gives her a leg up in the YouTube content creation world.

Richie and Disick vs The World

Heart on a string.
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When Kourtney Kardashian, star of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, found out her ex and father of her two children was dating a woman 15 years his junior, she was slightly disturbed. The longtime speculation of fans that the two aren't on good terms is still spoken about today.

Richie tells the magazine, “Why would I let someone from the middle of nowhere ruin that for me?” Then she proceeds to tell Cosmopolitan that her parents have an 18 year age gap between them.

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