Rihanna talks about her bastard father in Vogue


As we previewed last week, Rihanna is the April cover girl for Vogue Magazine. Here are some additional shots from her Annie Leibovitz pictorial. Too many closeups for my taste, and too little fashion. Also, this seems like a very un-Leibovitz shoot. It reads more like Mario Testino, which is odd. Anyway, in the cover shot, Rihanna is wearing Chanel. I still like the dress – it’s just Rihanna’s awkward body language that bugs. Anyway, there aren’t a ton of excerpts from her interview yet, but here is a little bit:

Rihanna has been hurt before, but this time it was by someone she has known all her life. The singing sensation shares how her relationship with her father fell apart after he sold her out to the media.

In the April issue of Vogue, the 23-year-old superstar reveals that her dad Ronald Fenty recently exposed her dirty laundry to the tabloids and gave them the rights to some of her childhood photos.

“It really makes me question what I have become to my father. Like, what do I even mean to him?” a tearful Rihanna told the magazine. “It’s really strange. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it, because you grow up with your father, you know him, you are a part of him, for goodness’ sakes! And then he does something so bizarre that I can’t begin to wrap my mind around it. You hear the horror stories about people going behind people’s backs and doing strange things, but you always think, Not my family. My father would never do that to me.”

While she has a hard time grasping his motive, this is not the first time he has betrayed her. After Chris Brown assaulted her two years ago, Fenty called up the media to offer his two cents.

“That was the first time,” she continued. “My dad went to the press and just told them a bunch of lies. Because he hadn’t talked to me after…that whole thing…. He never called to find out how I was doing, if I was alive, nothing. He just never called. He went straight to the press and got a check. And now he does it again.”

But after several attempts, RiRi is done trying to mend the broken relationship. “Now I’m like, Whatever, I tried.”

[From Rap-Up]

Wow, I didn’t know Rihanna’s dad was such a bastard. I thought she went to stay with her family for a short time after Chris Brown beat the hell out of her? Maybe she stayed with other family members, and not her father.




Vogue photos courtesy of The Fashion Spot.

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  1. sunshine says:

    Wow,the things ppl will do for money

  2. mln76 says:

    What a creep. I think the 3rd pic should have been the cover she looks stunning in that shot.

  3. malachais says:

    Sucks for Rihanna, I can imagine it feels terrible to have to deal with famewhorish relatives.

    On a side-note, they airbrushed the hell out of her face on the closeup pic, but didn’t fix her teeth? WTH

  4. Hautie says:

    I like the hair in the picture with the Donna Karan navy bodysuit.

    I like her best with the short hair. She has a amazing face, that the short hair flatters. I even like the color.

    Sadly, she is yet another young rich girl, whose father has sold her out to the media for a check.

  5. Cherry Rose says:

    WTF has Anna Wintour done to Vogue!! This looks like your everyday photo shoot with a celeb in any old magazine. Hell, I can do better than this with all my piles of vintage clothing and 35mm camera.

    That does it. I’m starting up a petition to fire Anna Wintour from Vogue. Who’s in?

  6. Quest says:

    Was this before or after she turned her back on him selling “pirated” CD on the streets of Barbados and did not look back?

    Then again it still does not give him the right, not classy

  7. Rita says:

    What a shame when a daughter wants a relationship with her father and the man is a turd. There are positive and negative people and I can only imagine how much negative her father has contributed to this world…not withstanding his “swimmers” that made RiRi.

    @cherryrose, Doubt the petition will do much good but I got a rope I’m not using.

  8. Mia135 says:

    I’m in Cherry Rose. It’s one of the reasons I don’t really read US Vogue anymore. I like Vogue Australia much better.

  9. poor girl! betrayed over money and greed… but hey she looks great in the pics.

  10. Bubbling says:

    @ chary rose AMEN this shoot is just too much, if there wasn’t Vogue written on the cover never would I guess… And she is killing me with that mouth wrenching pose

  11. jinni says:

    I think the reason that she’s position so awkwardly is to create the illusion of thinness. Or maybe it’s supposed to be edgy and different. Either way it’s strange and unappeal; it definitly wouldn’t make me want pick up and buy the mag.

    It’s as of Annie doesn’t know what to do with any cover girl that she can make look deathly white. I think American Vogue should replace both Liebowitz and Wintour; they’ve lost all originallity.

  12. embertine says:

    Jeez, they have photoshopped the hell out of her nose in the leotard pic. I guess black-looking noses with wide nostrils just aren’t very Vogue.

    Pity, because it takes a distinctive and attractive feature of her face and changes it to make her look like a Real Doll.

  13. KJ says:

    I’m pretty sure her father was addicted to crack while she was growing up, and took a very long time to get clean. Needless to say, Rihanna has never had the best relationship with her dad, which may explain her past unhealthy relationship with Chris “im such a victim” brown.

  14. Jayna says:

    I love the photos. The cover shot is stunning. And I love her in the Danskin type dance leotard with her short red hair.

    How sad to be betrayed by her father like that. I can’t imagine. It must do a number on her to have her parent use her fame for money.

  15. cara says:

    her dad was not around growing up cause he was an addict, her mom worked long hours raising her and her two brothers, rihanna babysat them all day long after school. And then she jetted off to NYC at 15 to become a star. The story goes is that Jay-Z promised her mom to watch out for her as a mentor, and he did. But once he left her label, you see a very big contrast in how she conducted herself and her career. I think she just got into the business too young without enough parental supervision. Sad.

  16. Tiffany says:

    jinni, I agree. Wintour probably thinks that since she has a booty that she is fat. Everyone knows she is obsessed with extreme thinness.

    She has ruined Vogue with “celebs” on the cover instead of models. I just got back from living in the UK and UK Vogue is so much better.

  17. Kim says:

    Vogue needs to start putting models back on their covers. I like Rhianna but this cover is tacky and so Un Vogue!

  18. spinner says:

    Yeah, yeah…poor Rihanna. Do not like her.

  19. JustBe says:

    cara@19, thanks for the background info. I didn’t realize she’d been pulled into the music industry at 15.

    I think this photo shoot, with her pouty looks, reflects the mindset of a 15-yr-old. If she moved from the Caribbean to NYC without any familial adult supervision, I can’t even imagine what type of people and environments she must have been exposed to. And after all that, to feel betrayed (again and again) by a parent is so very sad.

  20. Mimi says:

    My dad is kind of a loser too so I really feel for Rihanne and the pain her father has caused her. But, hey she is super successful and has really made something of herself and she should be proud of that.

  21. Hellencatherine says:

    I hate Rihanna and she probably sold her soul to the devil, and i won’t even pray for half of you here watch out for your souls

  22. apsutter says:

    I like the picture with the red bodysuit and short hair. It reminds me a little of old Madonna

  23. Victoire says:

    Amazing editorial, she’s even better than some models

  24. mins15 says:

    I am on board with your petition Cherry Rose, maybe we can get Victoria Beckham to sign..

  25. Chica T says:

    Didn’t her dad have an issue with Crack? I think he is a mess. No morals.

  26. Cherry Rose says:

    Sweet. We shall commence with pitchforks and torches to Anna Wintour’s house and- Oops. Getting a bit carried away.

    But seriously. I have a feeling that Kim Kardashian is going to be on a Vogue cover one of these days. That’s how low Anna Wintour has taken Vogue.

  27. ADS says:

    @ no 22 (Hellencatherine)-You sound a little deranged. Sweet that you took the time to comment on someone you ‘hate’. Someone I’m assuming you’ve never met before. Moving on…. the pics don’t do Rihanna justice. Really uninspiring. Gotta be a major feat to make someone so pretty look so bad. With regards to the father. I know she has forgiven him many many times over his behaviour. The last straw I think was on her Rated R tour (last year) he was with her and her team on a tour bus and he caused so much trouble with his drunken behaviour that he had to be thrown off the bus. Interestingly,last week there was an event in Barbados for her Rebel Fleur perfume launch and both her mum (who she is very close to) and dad were there. Maybe she has chosen to forgive him once more.

  28. ordinarygirl86 says:

    I love Rihanna and love these shots but where the hell are the gorgeous couture outfits for her!? It pisses me off that this is the Body Issue and they don’t have her showing off clothes on her amazing body! Carey Mulligan and Anne Hathaway got great couture in their spreads- so why couldn’t she? Hell even Blake Lively got a better spread then this…ugh

  29. MarenGermany says:

    you know, i think one should never drag out things like that in public. even if he is a crack-addicted asshole.
    a LOT of girls (including myself here) experience bad behaviour from their dads, he probably beat the hell out of her too, as there are girls who turn to alcoholic boyfriends, just like their dads where alcoholics, and even though they should know better.
    but no matter what addiction or neglection one experiences, this is family inner circle stuff. not cool for publicity.

    ps.: really feel for rihanna.

  30. Dea says:

    I feel bad for her and any person out there who does not have loving parents. I have been so blessed with my parents and when I read stories like this I just can not believe and get sick to the stomach that parents can do so weird things to their children.
    She looks very lovely in these pictures.

  31. Athena says:

    Maybe she was with her Mother? I don’t think her parents are still together.

  32. kennypop says:

    Rihana shld try n 4giv her dad…he stil remains her father no matter what!…no other person can take his place. I do feel her plight!

  33. gabs says:

    Sad about her dad.

    I agree with others that the navy bodysuit should have been the cover. Seriously Wintour is ruining Vogue us. Not with the celebs, i dont really care about that BUT the styling and photoshoots lately are just not vogue. The UK and austrailian vogues i have seen are better

  34. ADS says:

    @ Kennypop. Easier said than done. She has already forgiven him many times and he has broken her heart everytime. Maybe HE needs to prove himself and behave like a good father.

  35. Magsy says:

    Poor RiRi, always the victim.

  36. Hakura says:

    @KJ“Needless to say, Rihanna has never had the best relationship with her dad, which may explain her past unhealthy relationship with Chris “im such a victim” brown.”

    You’re probably right about that. I wasn’t aware of the issues with her father until this issue’s interview. But it makes sense, as it’s an unfortunately proven pattern… Sucky relationships with your father lead to sucky relationships when dating. You can end up attracted to that sort of person without even realizing it.

    @HellenCatherine“I hate Rihanna and she probably sold her soul to the devil, and i won’t even pray for half of you here watch out for your souls

    Isn’t that a lovely comment? With an attitude like that, I’m sure I can speak for everyone when I say that none of us wants you to ‘pray’ for us. My soul is just fine, thank you.

    @Kennypop – I agree with ADS in regards to it not being easy for forgive deep hurts that easily. If this was the first time he did something wrong, surely I could see her wanting to try again. But he continued to do these things even knowing how it hurt her. He has no consideration for the feelings of his daughter, & it gets to a point where you just have to decide to remove the negative hurtful influences from your life.
    Sounds to me like this guy went to the Michael Lohan school of parenting. =\

  37. Anonymous says:

    you people suck do you really believe this crap, damn you guys don’t even know her bond with him next time don’t be so quick to judge !!!

  38. elaine CREAN says: