Update Aug. 11: Bieber and Richie were spotted on Wednesday taking a hike together in Los Angeles, a day after she was reportedly seen leaving his home in the morning. They looked relaxed and happy as the hiked together. All signs definitely point to these two being a couple.
It’s hard to keep up with Justin Bieber lately.
Less than a week after he was photographed hanging out nude with a bunch of bikini-clad models in Hawaii — including his rumored girlfriend, Sahara Ray, who stripped down right alongside him — Bieber was spotted on what looked an awful lot like a date with another girl: Lionel Richie’s 17-year-old daughter, Sofia.
The pair was spotted together in Laguna Beach, California, climbing over oceanside rocks and checking out the local wildlife. They looked really cozy, especially when Bieber held Richie’s hand to help her over some of the rocks they were navigating. Their hands stayed locked together even after they finished climbing.
Onlookers say Bieber and Richie were laughing together and appeared to be having an “animated conversation.” When they came across a sleeping seal on the rocks, they laughed together as Richie waved her hands to try to get its attention. Overall, it looked to be a really fun, cute outing for the two young stars.
But this wasn’t the only sighting of the two. Bieber and Richie were then spotted taking a hike together in Los Angeles, a day after she was reportedly seen leaving his home in the morning. They looked relaxed and happy as the hiked together.
Bieber was off on his Hawaiian vacay last week with his close pal, clothing designer Cedric Benaroch. And even though Bieber’s rumored girlfriend was on the trip, it looks like Richie was too — Benaroch posted a photo to Instagram that showed him and Bieber relaxing on a balcony, and later, Richie shared a photo of herself sitting on Benaroch’s lap on the same balcony. Could it be that Bieber and Richie met in Hawaii and she made enough of an impression to keep catching his eye back home in California?
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This article was originally published on Aug. 10 and updated on Aug. 11.