"I love Elliot, I've known him since he was 12," Lionel shared on April 26. "It was one of those things where I don't have to go back and check out the kid. I know who it is."
He continued, "As a papa and as a dad, you know, that's my little girl, so she is in good hands," noting that the couple is "so happy" together.
However, when the time came for Elliot to ask the singer for permission to marry his youngest daughter, Lionel admitted that the 28-year-old had some jitters.
"He was a nervous wreck," he said. "Poor guy. I thought he was going to pass out."
From the very beginning, Sofia's father appeared to approve of the relationship, with a source telling E! News that Lionel "completely adores" Elliot—whose father is Lucian Grainge, the CEO of Universal Music Group.
"It was a very natural progression for Sofia and Elliot to get together and he thinks they are a perfect match," the insider said in April 2021. "She thinks he's hilarious and loves that he is a chill guy."
"She's 19," the singer told Australia's Daily Telegraph in 2018 when asked about Sofia's romance with The Kardashians star, who is 16 years older than the model. "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."