Rihanna does Vogue

Rihanna graces the cover of the April issue of Vogue’s U.S. edition.

In the magazine, the Barbados-born singer revealed some rather shocking details about her father, Ronald Fenty, who was once a crack addict. She said her father sold her out to the tabloids on two separate occasions, including after her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown assaulted her in 2008.

“My dad went to the press and told them a bunch of lies,” she told Vogue. “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.”

She also discussed the difference between her life and her art.

“…People still think pop star equals role model, but it’s almost impossible to walk that line,” she told the magazine. “I’ve struggled with it and have come to the conclusion that I can only live my life for me. I definitely want to help and teach little girls whenever I can, but then there is the character that I have to play in my videos to tell stories. It’s art. And a lot of the parts that I play aren’t necessarily what I stand for in real life. But it’s hard to differentiate that sometimes.”

Her latest video “S&M” is a good example of this difference.

In other Rihanna news, the singer is participating in a new campaign for UNICEF to raise money for clean water in underdeveloped countries.

By Brooks Newkirk

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