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Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty: @13, selling clothes on the street, @21 a multi-millionnaire

Rihanna as a kid

Recently Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty sat down with The Sun newspaper to talk about his relationship with his superstar daughter Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty.

On her singing talent

“The first time I heard her sing she was three years old, lying on her bed with a hairbrush for a microphone. Then, when she was seven, I heard her singing with our neighbour and I was amazed. She was doing the Aladdin song A Whole New World – it was so pretty I couldn’t believe it. I made sure she went to school and did well. She liked to dance and had natural rhythm but she wasn’t doing all the school productions and stuff. So her success came a bit out of the blue. Her mum says Robyn takes after her but I know the singing is definitely from me. My mum and dad sing but it skipped a generation with me.”

On her childhood hustle

“She used to sell stuff on the side of the street like I did. She’d come outside of the store and put up a rack and sell hats and belts and scarves. She would also buy sweets, put them in packages and take them to school to sell to her friends for a profit.”

On her universal sex appeal

“Robyn has special charisma. She’s charming, smart and witty – she’s a complete package. They didn’t have to do anything to her. She didn’t have to get no fake boobs or nothing.”

On her discovery as a budding superstar

“She was the youngest girl to take part in a talent pageant at her high school. All the other girls were 17, but she won. Shortly afterwards she was discovered and the rest is history.”

13 years old Rihanna

On her being a normal girl

“These celebrities live in a different world. They get whatever they want given to them on a plate. But Robyn’s not like that – she still likes her chicken and boiled eggs.”

On Chris Brown

“It was really tough seeing the pictures of her beaten up. But I have forgiven him. He has lost so much from one stupid mistake. So me making him feel even worse makes no sense. I feel sorry for him now.”

On his relationship with Rihanna

“I did have a drug problem and Robyn did walk in and see me taking drugs in our house. She was just a little kid and it made her look at me, and other things, differently. Around the same time we were walking down the street with the kids and there was a guy sleeping on the sidewalk. Her mother said to Robyn, ‘Your dad is going to end up like that’. “I did not want my children to see me sleeping on the sidewalk so I started making the changes. I had to give up drugs for my family. I still kind of lost them, I split up with my wife. But I still had to do it for myself and eventually I beat it. ”

Rihanna and her father Ronald Fenty

Rihanna, her parents and brothers


Why do most crackheads produce such successful and talented kids? Look at Oprah, Rihanna, Eminem etc. Just wondering…


4 comments on “Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty: @13, selling clothes on the street, @21 a multi-millionnaire

  1. Bernice Lakota
    January 24, 2011

    Beautiful story! That’s what dreams are made of!!!!!

  2. Whitney
    September 8, 2011

    You are mine and my 5 year old nieces most fav. singer ever and i wish i was you becausse your so beautiful.

  3. vasia suggs
    December 14, 2011

    it is nice to know about rihanna true story from when she was young growning up but don’t nobody know her but her family in her real name is robyn rihanna fenty in that is a nice name to be where she is from. 🙂

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