When it was revealed earlier this year that Rihanna had recently collaborated with Chris Brown– the man that beat her so hard she was hospitalized- reactions ranged from “why would she do that?” to “do you know what that says to young girls who might be at risk for abuse one day?”
An answer to the first question may have presented itself, however, in the form of an interview Rihanna’s dad did with the magazine Heat this month, and the knowledge may ameliorate the latter for many who felt Rihanna was setting a bad example. The singer’s father, Ronald Fenty, spoke to Heat magazine, and some quotes have popped up on the internet ahead of its release- tidbits that make you seriously wonder what it was like for the singer growing up with this man.
Before we get to the first shocking quote, we should mention that Rihanna was beaten so badly by Brown that she had contusions on both sides of her face, a bloody nose, split lip and bite marks, and that Brown is said to have struck her with a closed fist. If you’re female and you have a dad, it’s probably difficult to imagine him not punching the face off anyone who treated you that way, but Fenty believes his daughter should forgive the man who rendered her nearly unrecognizable by beating her on the face:
“Chris is a nice guy and everybody’s entitled to make mistakes in their life. God knows how many I’ve made.”
Because I totally hate it when I accidentally punch someone’s face in and people get all uptight about it. God, Rihanna! Well, at least she has her dad’s support in other areas, like health and wellness. Fenty, ever the caring dad, tells the men’s mag that Rihanna was getting a bit porky last year, but he set her straight:
“I actually thought she was a little fat the last time I saw her. When I saw her at this year’s Grammys, 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.”
Here, we would normally add a quip of some sort but this is just really, really sad. If Rihanna’s dad talks to the press this way about his daughter, can you imagine what he said to her throughout her childhood?