Women be shoppin’, Dad’s be talkin’.
Both Rihanna and Chris Brown’s fathers seemed to simultaneously step forward to make statements. Rihanna’s dad, Ronald Fenty, was the first to fire across the bows of People:
“I know my daughter,” said Fenty, 55. As for Brown, he said, “You think you know somebody, but you really don’t.”
Describing Rihanna’s current condition after seeing her in Barbados on Thursday, Fenty said, “There is some bruising. She will be all right. I think so.”
He adds, “At some point, she will speak out. I hope she will stand up for women all over the world.”
Meanwhile Clinton Brown, Chris Brown’s father, playing from deep within his own territory, tried another kind of defense. The Bill Clinton “we all make mistakes” one:
“He’s reflecting on this situation,” Brown, 44, a corrections officer, tells PEOPLE in an interview at his home outside Tappahannock, Va. “He’s very remorseful. He’s very concerned about the situation and he wants to make sure that [Rihanna’s] okay.
“This is unfortunate, this stumble, this situation,” Brown continues. “Hopefully, he will get past it. We all have our shortcomings. We all trip.”
“This music industry is very unforgiving when it comes to having indiscretions,” Brown says. “He will continue to be a good person. He loves people. And like most of us, most humans, things will occur. And hopefully a person won’t be judged simply on that alone.”
Step forward if you have a future in pop music.
Not so fast, Chris.