Doja Cat’s father has come forward to refute her claims that he has neither met his daughter nor do they have an ongoing relationship.
While not much is publically known about Doja Cat’s relationship with her father, the rising rap artist has stated on numerous occasions that he was largely absent from her life. Many were left shocked and saddened by the revelation considering that her father is South African actor, composer, and producer Dumisani Dlamini, who is famously known for his role as “Crocodile” in the 1992 film Sarafina! starring Whoopi Goldberg.
Recently, a clip surfaced of Doja running into Goldberg backstage after they both appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers in November 2019. Goldberg was on the show to promote her forthcoming role in the adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel, The Stand, while Doja performed her breakout hit, “Juicy.”
“I’m just thinking about my dad because he was in Sarafina! So, seeing you and meeting you is like the craziest thing, the 24-year-old told Golberg.
“What’s your dad’s name,” the veteran actress asked, to which Doja replied,“He was Crocodile.”
The moment took Goldberg by surprise.
“Isn’t that crazy,” Doja said. “And, I didn’t get to meet him, but you did.”
Dlamini, however, is telling a much different story. He reportedly spoke to Metro FM last week where he said that he had been trying to get in touch with his daughter before she was catapulted into stardom.
“I have been looking for my daughter as well,” he said, according to Mademenoire. “You mustn’t forget these Americans. Americans will always want to have something to cause a stir, so that she stays in the media and is talked about around the world.”
Dlamini blamed Doja’s management team for the reason behind their estrangement and said they have been blocking his attempts to reach her. “They know that if I could get hold of her, maybe she will disappear from the picture...I know my daughter, wherever she is, is looking for me.”
Mademenoire reported that Dlamini also said that the clip of Doja telling Goldberg that she has never met her father was all “made up.”
“She got a hold of me. We spoke. We connected,” he claimed. “Now, at this time, when she is there and on top, she has to grab the whole world’s [attention], especially in [South Africa] because she is South African and her daddy is here. It’s a made up thing.”