Rihanna and Chris Brown have had one of the most controversial celebrity romances in recent years.
While the on-again, off-again couple hasn’t actually been in a relationship for quite some time now, they have frequently been spotted together in the years since their dramatic split, and in a new interview, Rihanna’s father spoke of the possibility of a future reconciliation — and he’s surprisingly on board.
“Chris will always have a place in our family and my heart,” Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty, told the Mirror earlier this month. “He respects me, calls me pops and I like him – despite what happened. He’s very talented and always humble. I’d support them being together.”
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) February 6, 2016
In one of Rihanna’s new songs off her just-released album, ANTI, titled “Love On The Brain,” she sings, “It beats me black and blue but it f**** me so good / And I can’t get enough,” and understandably, Fenty said the song was “tough” to listen to.
In 2009, Brown punched and bit Rihanna on the way home from an awards show in Los Angeles, but their relationship didn’t end there. In September, 2012, after a brief split, during which time Rihanna was linked to Matt Kemp and Drake, Rihanna and Brown reconciled as he completed his court-ordered probation. Then, in 2013, the couple split again, and sources reportedly blamed Drake for the breakup.
Throughout his on-and-off relationship with Rihanna, Brown was also involved with Karrueche Tran, and in a video to fans, he admitted to being in love with both of the women at the same time.
Fenty even claimed a biker gang offered to extract revenge on Chris — but he declined, because he wanted to do it himself.
Continuing to the Mirror, Fenty admitted to having thoughts about hurting Brown for his assault on his daughter.
“It was a very difficult time for the whole family,” the father of Rihanna explained. “Nobody wants to see their daughter hurt. I remember I had a phone call from one of her old security guards, he told me he and a biker gang were going to ride to Chris for revenge.”
“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. She doesn’t know about this, she was going through enough.”
In an interview with Vanity Fair last year, via a People Magazine report, Rihanna said she would always “care about him until the day I die.”
“We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now.”
Chris Brown Dissing Rihanna And Drake’s ‘Work’ Music Video? “All [Chris Brown] wants is 4 them 2 leave him alone pic.twitter.com/CqpS3qUurh
— Regica Rwamulege (@RRwamulege) February 8, 2016
Instead, Rihanna is focused on her career, and possibly, a fling with rapper Drake. On February 8, a source spoke to Hollywood Life, claiming Drake was showering Rihanna with “sweet talk” on the set of their new music video for “Work” in Toronto. However, as the source revealed, Rihanna wasn’t sold on the idea of rekindling a romance with Drake quite yet, and in a new tweet, Brown seemed to dislike the idea, as well.
According to an International Business Times report on February 8, it was revealed that Brown may have indirectly dissed Rihanna’s potential relationship with Drake, telling fans on Twitter, “Nothing bad will ever last.”
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