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Rihanna splashes out on Barbados mansion for her dad

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Rihanna splashes out on Barbados mansion for her dad

Rihanna has bought her father a $1.8 million (£1.27 million) mansion in Barbados.

The 28-year-old singer, real name Robyn Fenty, isn't short of money and kindly decided to give dad Ronald Fenty the opportunity to choose a property for himself on the island nation, and give her the bill.

Ronald opted for a stunning mansion in the Sandy Lane community of Barbados, where stars including Beyonce and Jay Z and music mogul Simon Cowell also own properties.

"Robyn was so kind," Ronald told Britain's Now magazine. "She sent me a few houses to choose from around the island. I chose this one, not because it was the most expensive, but it's got the gardens."

While he was initially happy in his former house, the attention he got for being the father of one of the world's most famous pop princesses eventually became too much to handle. But his new abode has a lot more privacy - something Ronald is very grateful for.

"It got out of hand - I'd be sat watching a good politics debate and then a bus of tourists would arrive wanting to take a picture with me," he explained. "There was no privacy. Here, I've got trees and the road is much quieter."

Rihanna has a history of using her hard-earned money to help out her family. She splashed out on a five-bedroom mansion for her mother Monica Braithwaite in 2012 during a special hour-long episode of Oprah Winfrey's show.

"I wanted to do this for you for a very long time," Rihanna told her mother at the time. "You have been such an amazing mother, example, soldier, and you get to walk away with the key to this house tonight."

Rihanna has also been funding Ronald's medical treatment in Los Angeles. The 66-year-old requires medical care following an accident 10 years ago when he crashed his car into a tree in bad weather.

"It's a very long way to go to see the doctor but Robyn insists I have treatment there. She really looks after me," Ronald smiled.

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