Rihanna and Chris Brown may have gone their separate ways since calling off their longtime relationship in 2013, but it appears that Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty, is still taking some time to reflect on his daughter’s past relationship with the “Loyal” singer.
Following the release of Rihanna’s highly-anticipated Anti album last week, Rihanna’s dad is now opening up about the subject of one of the singer’s newest tracks while admitting that he finds it “tough” to hear his daughter sing about heartbreak on her new album.
In “Love On The Brain,” Rihanna sings about her struggle to let go of a painful relationship with lyrics like, “Baby I’m fist-fighting with fire / Just to get close to you / Can we burn something babe / And I run for miles just to get a taste / Must be love on the brain / That’s got me feeling this way / It beats me black and blue but it f**** me so good / And I can’t get enough.”
“I like her stories but this song was tough to listen to,” Ronald Fenty admits to Mirror UK when being asked about the nature of Rihanna’s new song.
“[Brown] respects me, calls me pops, and I like him—despite what happened,” Fenty continues, noting that Chris Brown is “very talented and always humble” and that he would “support” Rihanna and Chris Brown if they got back together.
“Chris [Brown] will always have a place in our family and my heart.”
While reflecting on Rihanna’s on-again, off-again relationship with Chris Brown, Fenty opens up about his initial desire to get “revenge” on Brown for assaulting his daughter prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards.
“It was a very difficult time for the whole family,” Rihanna’s dad explains of Brown’s assault on the singer. “Nobody wants to see their daughter hurt.”
Fenty goes on to explain that while he has since forgiven Chris Brown for his assault on Rihanna, he initially considered personally confronting the “Zero” singer regarding the incident.
“I remember I had a phone call from one of [Rihanna’s] old security guards, he told me he and a biker gang were going to ride to Chris for revenge,” Fenty recalls of the first few days following the incident, noting that while he wanted to be the one to get revenge on Brown for the assault, he was unable to make the 10-hour trip from Barbados to Los Angeles without alerting Rihanna of his intentions.
“I was angry, but it’s a long way to go, I wanted to go,” Fenty continues. “I told them to give me a few days because I felt like doing it myself, you know? I was going to fly in, get picked up from LAX and ride to Chris’ place so I could do it myself.”
“When I called him the next day to arrange everything, I cooled down and put a stop to it,” Rihanna’s father recalls, admitting that Rihanna “doesn’t know about this” because she was already “going through enough” with the media attention surrounding the assault.
While Rihanna has not responded to her dad’s comments about wanting to get revenge on Brown for assaulting her, the “Work” singer did open up about her past relationship with Brown in her 2015 cover story interview with Vanity Fair.
When asked if she felt that she will always be a “poster child for victims of domestic abuse,” Rihanna admits, “I just never understood that…like how the victim gets punished over and over. It’s in the past, and I don’t want to say ‘Get over it,’ because it’s a very serious thing that is still relevant.”
Rihanna continues, “A lot of women, a lot of young girls, are still going through it. A lot of young boys too. It’s not a subject to sweep under the rug, so I can’t just dismiss it like it wasn’t anything or I don’t take it seriously. But for me, and anyone who’s been a victim of domestic abuse, nobody wants to even remember it. Nobody even wants to admit it. So to talk about it and say it once, much less 200 times, is like…I have to be punished for it? It didn’t sit well with me.”
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