Benzino Breaks Down Over Being Called ‘Deadbeat Dad’ to Daughter Coi Leray

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Benzino says he’s ready to move forward, although he still gets emotional when talking about his relationship with daughter Coi Leray.

The Source magazine co-founder and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star sat down for an interview with the “We in Miami” podcast. In a portion of the interview posted on Instagram Thursday night, Benzino was asked if he thinks his rapper daughter should apologize for describing him as an absentee father.

As he answered the question, Benzino struggled to contain his emotions.

“I got thick skin. I’m one of those people, like, let’s just forget it and move forward,” he said through tears. “I went through a lot and it was hard for me. I’ve been called all kinds of s–t, but a ‘deadbat dad,’ come on. I love my daughter, I don’t wanna be that. I don’t wanna be known as that. I don’t care what people think, but that hurt me. That’s my daughter, I raised her.”

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Coi released her debut studio album Trendsetter last year. She called out her dad in the single “No More Parties,” and claimed in the lyrics that he disappointed her.

“My daddy let me down, but I promise you I won’t let up/ I wanna say f–k that man, but that s–t won’t make me better,” she said in the song.

According to HotNewHipHop, Benzino shot back at Coi on Instagram.

“I been posting and supporting, so idk where all this bs is comming from,” he wrote. “That line in her song is [cap]. my name and rep is very important to me and nobody is gonna tarnish that for a story line u dig? I still love u very much coileray but this gotta stop. I don’t need clout, I am and always will be the clout and I’m very proud of what you are doing so I don’t need to prove nothing to anyone.”

The two have gone back-and-forth online, which is something Benzino told “We in Miami” he regrets.

“People see us arguing over the internet, it ain’t nothing that I’m proud of,” he said. “This whole thing was one of the worst things I’ve been through in my life, I’ve been through hell.”

Last week at Rolling Loud Miami 2023, the reality star watched Coi perform live for the first time. A Rolling Loud camera crew caught up with Coi and Benzino backstage, and they appeared to have settled their differences.

“She’s amazing, for real, no bulls–t,” Benzino said about the “Players” rapper.