Social media influencer, Ari Fletcher is giving viewers a more in-depth look into her life on the BET+ reality series “The Impact Atlanta.”
In an Oct 26 episode, Fletcher took a big step in trying to reconcile with her dad during a sit-down. The entrepreneur has previously stated she was “f—d up” about her dad abandoning her and her two older sisters as children.
With the encouragement of her sisters, she and her dad agreed to meet up and discuss where they stood with each other.
In a clip of the episode, Fletcher’s father begins the discussion by reflecting on his life during her upbringing.
“My life was really at my job most of the time,” Fletcher’s father explained. “Like, I worked hella hours — ten and twelve hour days until you became 18 years old.”
During their discussion about his absence from her life, he told Ari, “We can still bond. I want you to continue your success and, you know, make lots of money. If you making money, everybody else making money.”
The Remedy makeup line founder grew frustrated when she felt her dad was not understanding her issues.
“I see a picture of you, and I’m like, ‘Oh, okay she doing all right.”
“You not getting through that I just need you as a dad. We keep talking ‘bout money, we keep talking ‘bout child support, we keep talking about all the things that are unimportant to me. I don’t care, like, do you not understand?” asked Fletcher as she began to cry.
The Chicago native’s dad also explained that he is able to stay abreast of his daughter’s life on Instagram, which further fuels his decision to not reach out more often.
He told Ari, “I see a picture of you, and I’m like, ‘Oh, okay she doing all right. I don’t even have to communicate with her.’ ” Displeased by the course of the conversation, his daughter ultimately decides to walk away.
Social media users chimed in on the conversation.
“The worst feeling in the world is feeling like you’re begging for the love & attention from one of your parents. S—t broke me growing up & made it super hard for me & my dad to have a relationship until I got older,” wrote one user.
“Physically I have a father but emotionally and mentally I don’t if that makes sense,” another added.