Lionel Richie is not in denial.
He's well aware of what's going on between his teenage daughter and Scott Disick.
But that doesn't mean the legendary singer has to like it... or even truly accept it as legitimate.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph this weekend, the Grammy Award winner addressed the often-drunk elephant in the room, talking for the first time about Sofia Richie choosing to actually date Kourtney Kardashian's baby daddy.
Why would anyone choose to be with Scott Disick?
It's a question to which Lionel does not have an answer.
“She’s 19,” he told the aforementioned publication, adding:
“When you’re 19 you know everything. Is it going to be for life? I don’t know.
"But for right now it’s just a phase and I’m going to stand real still in the corner, get me a good drink and not make too much noise.”
That's likely the smartest course of action.
No one out there thinks Sofia will marry Scott or anything... so the relationship will likely fizzle out.
It's just taking longer to do so than we previously imagined it would.
What looked like a fling at first has evolved (devolved?) into a full-blown, steady romance, as Richie posted the above photo of herself with Disick in Valentine's Day.
She went on to write that Disick gifted her with flowers for the occasion.
Moreover, the C-Listers have taken trips to Mexico and Italy together.
What the heck, right?!?
There's a 15-year age difference between Sofia and Scott and, in case we haven't mentioned it yet, the latter is Scott Disick.
He likes to drink more than he likes to hang out with his kids and he's never come across as anything more than an attention-seeking lugnut.
Added Lionel in his interview:
“Now I know what my parents meant when I came through the door with my Afro and my girlfriend and said ‘Dad, I’m in love’ and [he] looked at me and said ‘Okay, we’re going to leave you alone for a minute and you’ll figure it out.'
"My daughter is getting me back for my Afro days!”
This is one of those times where someone is clearly joking and yet... not.
Asked what Disick is like as a person, Lionel had only nice things to say. He didn't take any bait.
“From what I met of him he’s a very nice guy,” the artist said.
Asked why he's with Lionel's child, Disick allegedly recently praised her affection for hot sex.
Sorry, Lionel. We should have warned you prior to posting a link to that story.
Lionel Richie will soon co-host the new version of American Idol, which premieres on ABC on March 11.
So you'll be seeing a lot more of him over the coming weeks and months, just as he hopes to stop seeing Sofia and Scott together.
“When you hang around the reality world, who knows what you are really doing?” Lionel concluded.
“This is a well-oiled machine, the Kardashian machine. I don’t really know what to think. I told Sofia I will have no opinion.
"I’ll continue to be my cheerful self and move on.”