Rihanna and Chris Brown are by no means an official couple yet, but there are apparently a lot of people who would be happy to see it happen. Among these folks are Oprah Winfrey and Rihanna’s own father! Riri’s pop Ronald Fenty recently spoke to In Touch magazine about the man convicted for assaulting his daughter in 2009. And he you know what? Ron thinks he’s a standup guy! “I love Chris, man. He’s got so much charisma. And he’s always had so much respect for me. That’s what I love about him. He’s always shown me respect.”
Ronald, a recovering drug addict who physically abused Rihanna’s mother in the past, has forgiven Brown for what he did, and urges the world to the same. “I think everyone makes mistakes and they shouldn’t be held to them forever. Everyone should be forgiven once. There’s a lot more to Chris than the whole world knows.” That may sound like a surprising move for a parent, but bear in mind that this is also the dude who called Rihanna fat. Read that back to yourself. Rihanna. Named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive last year. Fat. We’re not confrontational people, but we may have a problem with Mr. Fenty and his opinions. But it’s hard to argue with his last statement on the matter, we guess. “I know they love each other. They always have. She’s happiest when she’s around him, and as long as she’s happy, I am happy and the whole world should be too.”
Two months after her in depth profile on the pop singer, Oprah also weighed in on the burgeoning relationship between the old flames. Surely the outspoken Queen of All Media has some advice for the 24 year old. Maybe something about how being raised by a violent father might make her more susceptible to interpreting abuse as love and entering into dangerously dysfunctional relationships. Or not. “I have no judgment about it,” Oprah told Extra. “That’s why I can sit there and have such a great time with her because I do all my interviews with no judgment whatsoever. If that’s how you choose to lead your life, that’s really OK.”
Rihanna admitted during her appearance on Oprah’s Next Chapter that Brown is the love of her life, and that she still harbors feelings for him. “You know what I loved about that interview is that she came with a big wide open heart,” the big O continued. “She was in the space of forgiveness. And that she learned a lesson that she was repeating with Chris Brown, exactly what she needed to learn from her father.” Forgiveness seems to be the mantra of this massive life lesson. And we agree, life is far too short to hold onto anger and resentment. Far be it from us to contradict the almighty Oprah, but we just want to make sure Rihanna stays safe.
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