Iggy Azalea’s Father Surfaces

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A man claiming to be the estranged father of Iggy Azalea has surfaced. The man in question has reportedly come out of hiding after decades of being estranged from his daughter.

Brendan James Kelly contacted Australian media outlets to inform them that he is the father of the 24-year-old rap sensation. The man’s email contained a hyperlink to his website which stated that he had two daughters, Amethyst Kelly and Emerald Kelly. Amethyst Kelly is the birth name of Azalea, and Emerald Kelly is her younger sister. The man’s site contains links to his Twitter and Facebook pages, on which he has posted photos of what he claims is his older daughter. One picture depicts Azalea taking a bath at a young age, while  the other shows her playing with her dog. The dog’s name, Iggy Boy, is allegedly the Fancy singer’s namesake for her alias. The final photo appeared on the rapper’s birthday. It consisted of Azalea holding a children’s castle, with her alleged father posting a caption to wish the singer a happy birthday and making reference to said toy castle.

Kelly is a standup comedian and author, appearing on Standup Australia in 2001. His books consist of adult humor depicted in the form of children’s novels. The aforementioned email, aside from attempting to persuade Australian media that he was Azalea’s father, consisted of Kelly’s efforts to plug these books in an attempt to get himself noticed. Despite this effort, however, Kelly seems to have no interest in conducting interviews in order to discuss his claims. Representatives for the man claim that he values his privacy, and has no desire for further media attention. The only present connection the man has to Azalea, aside from the pictures he has posted which he claims are of the singer, is his residence in Mullumbimby, Australia. This is the same town that Azalea was born and raised in.

Azalea left Mullumbimby at 16 year of age, when she embarked on a vacation to Miami, during which she made the decision not to return to her New South Wales home. She has given interviews depicting her tumultuous relationship with her father, stating that he left her and her sister when she was just ten years old. The man left a note upon his departure. The note allegedly contained the man’s expression of his discontent with seeing his former partner and their children living as a happy family while he was unable to be part of it. For this reason, the man informed Azalea and her sister of his wish that they were no longer to visit him. The singer’s relationship before this alleged termination was in no way stable, however. The chart-topper recalls being afraid to go to her father’s home alone for fear that he would scream abuse at her for the slightest wrongdoing.

Azalea rose to fame in April 2014 after her debut album, The New Classic, peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts. The rapper has also tied with The Beatles for the only acts to reach the status of first and second place simultaneously for their first two top 100 hit songs. The Australian superstar’s second hit, entitled Problem, was recorded with singer-actress Ariana Grande.

It is unclear if Brendan James Kelly’s claims of being Iggy Azalea’s father are accurate. However, despite the fact that her father has resurfaced, Azalea has been extremely clear that she has no intent on looking back on her former life.

by Rebecca Grace

Sources:
Sunday Morning Herald
Daily Mail
NME

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