Rihanna's father has hit out at the international media for portraying him as a homeless man forced to live in his car - accusing the press of attempting to "discredit" the UMBRELLA singer by suggesting she does not support her family.
The pop star returned to her native Barbados last week (begs09Feb09) after she was allegedly assaulted by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown in the early hours of 8 February (09).
Brown is facing possible jail time after being charged by Los Angeles police with making criminal threats following a heated argument.
Rihanna's dad, Ronald Fenty, has been speaking to the press to assure fans his daughter is doing well - but TV clips allegedly showing Fenty selling items from the trunk of his car on the Caribbean island have prompted him to defend his own livelihood, following allegations he is homeless.
And while he admits to turning his car into a moving market stall, Fenty insists it's just "a job I do on the side... to keep me happy".
He says, "It's an attempt by them (the media) to shift the focus from Chris Brown. I am really upset about the whole incident. They had me all over the TV saying that I was living in a car and was homeless. I have a home in (Barbadian town) Warrens. I don't live in this car.
"Rihanna has done really well as a person from a small island and I know that she is up against the heavyweights, so they will do anything to discredit her."