Sofia Richie‘s father gave the stamp of approval to their new relationship.

According to a source close to the model, Sofia’s father, singer, and American Idol judge Lionel Richie, thinks her new romance with the music manager is very good Elliot Graingewho is the son of the CEO of Universal Music Group Lucian Grainge. The two were first spotted together in Beverly Hills earlier this month. On April 8, Sofia confirmed their romance on Instagram with pictures of the two who looked cozy and which she had taken with heart.

“Sofia and Elliot have known each other for years but only recently became romantic,” an insider tells E! the mating. “They didn’t grow up close, but Lionel is friends with Elliot’s father and has worked with him for years.”

Lionel “worships” his daughter’s new husband, “the source continues.

“He thinks they are a perfect match and it was a natural evolution for Sofia and Elliot to get together,” says the insider. “They are all family friends and Sofia and Elliot [started] hanging out more recently this year. She thinks he’s funny and loves that he’s a cool guy. “