Michael Lohan. Billy Ray Cyrus. And now Rihanna‘s dad: the latest in the grand tradition of attention-starved Hollywood papas. In her new Vogue interview, Rihanna talks about her father and his odd behavior toward the press, including dishing to tabloids and handing out Rihanna’s childhood photos. “It really makes me question what I have become to my father. Like, what do I mean to him?” the Vogue cover model wonders. “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 part of him, for goodness sake! And then he does something so bizarre that I can’t begin to wrap my mind about 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.” We’re sure Thora Birch thought the same thing; now she’d be lucky to book an Arby’s commercial.
One particularly upsetting example of Dad FAIL occurred when Rihanna’s dad spoke to the press about Chris Brown on multiple occasions, and without his daughter’s permission. “That was the first time,” she says. “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. Now I’m like. Whatever. I tried.” If it’s any consolation, at least Mr. Rihanna hasn’t booked his daughter any fake gigs on Letterman. Oh yikes, sorry. Didn’t mean to give him any more awful parenting tips.