While pictures from Rihanna’s inaugural Diamond Ball show the singer hitting the red carpet with a happy grin, we now know that behind the smile was a bit of pain.
Moments before Ri arrive at her charity event, her father Ronald Fenty had to be escorted from the premises due to his drunken behavior. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Fenty revealed that a simple stumble on the red carpet caused him to be kicked out of the ball before even seeing his daughter.
“I had Johnny Walker Black. I had two doubles man and tripped over a chair, Ronald told the Daily Mail. I had been on the [red] carpet for the pictures, I meet a couple of famous people I knew go and talked with them, and then somebody left a chair and I stepped back and fell over, I saw my ex (Monica) look up, and within a few minutes after the picture was taken, security came up and said ‘we’re taking you home’. I said ‘but I haven’t seen my daughter yet’… and they said ‘don’t matter man’.”
For Fenty, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his alcohol addiction. Apparently, he’s been struggling with the illness for years resulting in rehab and an arrest. According to DM, Rih put her dad through a $58,000 Malibu rehab program last year to save him from jail after he was arrested during a previous visit to California. She also flies him to LA every three months for urine tests and has the mini-bar emptied before he arrives.
Although this has been an on-going issue, Ronald seems remorseful. “I’m sad how it ended of course, I should have never taken that first drink or any drink for that matter. I wish I had seen her of course. She will probably hear how I was and how I had a few drinks, so I guess she would be angry with me. I think she is, I’m not sure, we haven’t spoken just yet, Fenty said in response to his Diamond Ball antics.
During his chat with the Daily Mail, he also cleared up the Rihanna pregnancy rumors. “No she’s not pregnant, but I want someone to start giving me grandchildren! Of course I want to be a grandfather. All my friends in their late 40s and 50s have got grandchildren, why not me? She tell me she’s waiting on her sister Samantha. She’s 32 and married but has not had children yet,” Ronald revealed to the online mag.
To read the entire interview click here.
Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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