Every week, there’s a news story that makes us go “RIHANNA, GIRL, NO.” It’s not a secret that the pop star’s personal life is worrisome. We knew about Rihanna’s father’s past physical abuse towards her mother during her childhood, but it turns out RiRi’s still flying first class on the Daddy Issues Express. In an interview with Heat magazine, her formerly-estranged dad Ronald Fenty shared his special, terrible brand of parenting.
While discussing his daughter’s weight and appearance — which is not at all creepy — Ronald Fenty said, “I actually thought she was a little fat last time I saw her.” He then added “When I saw her this time, I thought she was back to her normal size. I used to joke with her, ‘Robyn, you’re getting too fat!’ But I think she’s fine, I think she looked excellent, as everyone saw, at the Grammys. She’s dieting, she’s working out.”
Then Heat asked Ronald Fenty about Chris Brown. You might think the man who punched, choked and threatened to kill his daughter might make him angry. But … no. “Chris is a nice guy,” Fenty said, “and everyone is entitled to make a mistake in their life — God knows how many I’ve made.” Oh, hell no.
I might be writing this post in a jokey tone, but I don’t think harmful influences and the lack of support structure in Rihanna’s life is a joke. It’s so easy to judge a woman who is in an abusive relationship — or, it seems, circling back to one. But Ronald Fenty’s stupid comments are proof that to a certain extent we’re all a product of our environment, that where/what we come from is not our fault, and it takes a long time to get past it.
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