Jay-Z discovered Rihanna and has been her mentor ever since — you could even say he’s like a second father — but he’s never going to over-parent her. In a new interview the rap icon explained why he’s stayed in the background even during the times when RiRi’s relationship with Chris Brown has gotten rocky.
Jay-Z watches over Rihanna, 25, like she’s his own daughter, and if you’ve listened to any of his songs about Blue Ivy Carter, you know he’s a protective and proud daddy. So why hasn’t he driven Rihanna’s ex, Chris Brown, 24, out of the business after all the pain he’s caused her?
Jay-Z Won’t Try To Control Rihanna
“That’s not my place [to interfere],” Jay told Hot 97’s The Angie Show out of New York on July 10. “I can’t control the outcome of her life. I can’t intervene.”
Jay-Z continued to explain that he can only give Rihanna advice, but at the end of the day it’s up to her to decide how she wants to live. “I can give advice, if asked, you know, and that’s it. I can provide information, and then life has to play out. Life has to happen.”
Ah Jay-Z, so wise.
He is right though — especially with a strong personality like Rihanna, trying to control her would only push her further away. Jay suggested that he has plenty of “really good” advice to give RiRi on the topic of Chris, but he’s likely doing the right thing by not forcing it down her throat.
Jay-Z: ‘I Don’t Have Enough Time’ For Rihanna & Chris Brown
The 43-year-old rapper also admitted in the interview that he doesn’t exactly keep up on the ups and downs of Rihanna and Chris’ relationship. “I’m not into that,” he said, “I don’t have enough time in the day to invest in it.”
We don’t blame you, Jay, it takes real talent (we’re so humble) to keep up with the RiRi-CB roller coaster.
What do you think of Jay-Z’s approach to advising Rihanna, HollywoodLifers? Should he be more hands-on? Let us know!
WATCH: Jay-Z’s Interview On Hot 97
— Andrew Gruttadaro
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