Rihanna Discusses Father's Betrayal, Pressures of Being a Role Model
Rihanna is the cover girl for the April issue of Vogue magazine, and the R&B singer discusses her father's continuous betrayal, accepting her voluptuous body and the pressures of being a role model, among other topics.
On her father, Ronald Fenty, turning his back on her for cash:
"It really makes me question what I have become to my father. Like, what do I even mean to him? …..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."
"That was the first time…..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."
On feeling liberated after her assault:
"It actually gave me a lot of liberation. What I mean is, I was able to tap into the personal part of my music. I started to tell stories through my music that were actually my stories. My album before that, there was still a little bit of protection, there was still an innocence to me. And what that time in my life did was kind of wake people up: it's not all bed of roses. My life is like yours.
It made me look at the world in a much bigger way because my life was suddenly superduper magnified; all eyes were on me. I needed that in my life to know how to say, 'F-k off.' To know how to keep my head high even in the worst situations. I keep using the word unapologetic. But there is a freedom that has come with all of that. Where you feel like you don't have to make an excuse for being yourself."
On the pressure of being a role model:
"Pop icons nowadays are very fearless, unapologetic, edgy, and it's a lot for people to swallow sometimes. Because people still think pop star equals role model, but it's almost impossible to walk that line. I've struggled with it and have come to the conclusion that I can live my life for me."