Rihanna‘s relationship with her dad, Ronald Fenty, is famously tenuous; given the jaw-droppingly awful interview he gave with Heat magazine, it’s not hard to imagine why. Not only did he say she looked “fat” the last time he saw her, but he also pardoned Chris Brown for beating his daughter in 2009, saying he’d be fine if the two were to rekindle their romance. All I can say is I really hope that she has enough positive influences around her to balance out his incredibly shitty fathering capabilities.
There are plenty of good reasons to eat healthy and work out; being told that you’re tubby by your father when you’re at a healthy weight isn’t one of them. In an interview with Vogue last April, Rihanna had only positive things to say about her own size and shape:
For the first time, I don’t want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up. My body is comfortable, and it’s not unhealthy, so I’m going to rock with it.
But her dad didn’t agree when he saw her in August of last year:
I actually thought she was a little fat last time I saw her…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.
What does he think of Rihanna’s collaboration with the man who plead guilty to beating his daughter in 2009?
She’s her own woman now.
Fair enough, but probably the most offensive quote from the interview is the free pass he hands to Chris Brown
Chris is a nice guy and everybody’s entitled to make mistakes in their life. God knows how many I’ve made.
At least one of which is probably his own history of beating Rihanna’s mother—something Rihanna herself has admitted probably makes her a bit of a masochist, which is common in people who come from abusive households.
Based on past comments about her body and family history, it seems Rihanna is far more insightful than her Dad. But we hope she has some other positive role models to look up to in her family, because Ronald’s not cutting it, to say the least.