Rihanna Opens Up About Bad Relationship With Father
Rihanna is doing more than just striking a pose in the new issue of Vogue Magazine; the singer is also opening up about her relationship with her father. RiRi, who has been estranged from her father, Ronald Fenty, for some time, revealed she felt betrayed after he gave up details about her to the media, without her consent.
“Like, what do I even mean to him?” she told the magazine, breaking into tears. “It’s really strange. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it, because you grow up with your father, you know him, you are a part of him, for goodness’ sakes! And then he does something so bizarre that I can’t begin to wrap my mind around it. You hear the horror stories about people going behind people’s backs and doing strange things, but you always think, Not my family. My father would never do that to me.”
The disloyalty began after the incident with Chris Brown, in which the singer became a media target. Following Brown’s assault she remained mum about the attack, but her father continued to do interviews as if he had spoken with his daughter, even though that wasn’t the case.
“That was the first time,” she revealed. “My dad went to the press and just told them a bunch of lies. Because he hadn’t talked to me after… that whole thing…. He never called to find out how I was doing, if I was alive, nothing. He just never called. He went straight to the press and got a check. And now he does it again.”
In previous interviews, the Grammy winner opened up about her strained relationship with her father, telling the U.K.’s Daily Mirror in 2007, that he was a drug addict. These days Rihanna is done trying to repair the relationship. “Now I’m like, whatever, I tried.”
Although her bond with her father appears to be broken, the 23-year-old remains close with her mother and two brothers.