Serena and Venus grew up with my father and became millionaires … but I did not want to swap places with them

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SERENA and Venus Williams’ half-sister have said that even if their father left her to raise them to become millionaire tennis stars – she would not swap places with the couple.

Sabrina Williams, who works as a hospice pastor, threw at her estranged father, who is the subject of the new Hollywood biography “King Richard”.

Sabrina, Venus and Serena's half sister said she would not swap places with the professional tennis players

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Sabrina, Venus and Serena’s half sister said she would not swap places with the professional tennis playersCredit: These images are www.thisischriswhite.com and may not be reprinted unless authorized to
Serena and Venus' father Richard are portrayed in a new film starring Will Smith

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Serena and Venus’ father Richard are portrayed in a new film starring Will SmithCredit: Getty
Serena (L) and Venus (H) went on to become millionaires

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Serena (L) and Venus (H) went on to become millionairesCredit: Getty

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Sabrina said: “I would not swap places with Venus or Serena.

“I was just driving now, listening to music and thinking, would I change anything in my life? No, I would not, I would go through all the struggles I went through again.”

Richard married Sabrina’s late mother Betty Johnson in Los Angeles in the early sixties.

They had four other children – Richard III, 56, Ronner, 55, Reluss, 54, and Reneeka, 49.

When Sabrina was only eight and another sister eight weeks old, Richard dumped his wife and five children and allegedly walked out the door to buy a bike for her – and never returned.

Richard, now 79, married Serena and Venus’ mother Oracene, making it his first priority for his daughters to become a tennis professional, and even wrote a 78-page manifesto outlining his plan for success.

Since dating Sabrina, 57, and her siblings, she’s only seen her father a handful of times.

She claims he also rejected the family during the worst times of her life – including when her mother was battling cancer in 1998 and could not afford vital medical care before she died.

“My sister Reneeka was a baby eight weeks old when my father left,” she said.

“How do you leave a baby? I was eight years old and he left under the pretext,” I have to get you a bike? “I can laugh at that now.

“I do not think it should have taken up the whole film, but to give the film some more credibility, at least refer to the one he left us when he was a grown man. Does anyone believe in this? history? Wow, really, it’s all there on Google.

“I understand that every movie is a bit economical with the truth, but because it’s Venus and Serena, no one wants to say anything bad about them or make it look like they were part of something bad.

“Truth be told, those girls rose to the top while his other children had to suffer because of the choices my father made, we were raised in poverty after he left.”

As previously revealed by The Sun, Richard Williams is now being cared for by another son – Chavoita LeSane – who has a long rap sheet as the former coach is “incapacitated” and almost unable to speak after two blows.

Sabrina continued to slap her estranged father, saying she would never even attend his funeral.

“I do not think I want to see him alive. I have even buried my father in my head because I know I will not be able to attend his funeral.

“It just will not be an option, they will not allow me, they will not even tell me. I find out the media reports or a friend.

“I can chase my dad around the rest of my life in my head, or I can find that I believe my dad loves me in his own way. That’s all I can do.”

Sabrina Williams has criticized the film and calls it 'a comedy'

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Sabrina Williams has criticized the film and calls it ‘a comedy’Credit: These images are www.thisischriswhite.com and may not be reprinted unless authorized to
Will Smith is tipped for an Oscar for his role in the film

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Will Smith is tipped for an Oscar for his role in the filmCredit: Alamy

Sabrina blew up the upcoming biopic about her father, “King Richard” – starring Will Smith – and said it completely left out her father’s first family, which he cruelly left.

Sabrina laughs out loud that his first thirty years have been ignored by King Richard director Reinaldo Marcus Green, who has not cast a single family member from his father’s first marriage, according to the movie directory IMDb.com.

“It’s a comedy, isn’t it?” she mocked as she spoke to The Sun. “How can you make a movie by telling half the story?

“It suddenly starts with father and his new wife Oracene and their children. It’s as if nothing has happened before.

“I think the title is quite over the top. He thinks he’s the king of the world, but no one who’s ever been around him thinks he’s King Richard. It’s a scandalous title, but true to say fits the him.

“He is not the king of the world. If you look at him psychologically, it is something he has never achieved except in his head, he has only lived through the fact that two of his daughters have left all his other children.

“I just have to watch it now because I did not realize how hysterically funny it would be. One of the things I will have to do is not laugh out loud in the auditorium as I know the whole story.”

‘FAMILY HAD TO SUFFER’

The Sun has contacted Smith’s production team and Richard Williams’ son, who has a power of attorney, for comment.

“They say Will Smith is probably getting an Oscar for this, I liked him a lot, but as a black American he should have wanted to tell the whole story.

“Will Smith is not stupid. They got better at growing up and did not have to harvest for food or worry about their next meal. It would have been nice to have a story.”

Sabrina, who will soon become a fully qualified pastor and lives in Las Vegas, said the actress should be ashamed of herself, but she does not feel any anger towards her father, only pity.

She says: “If my mother was still alive, she would laugh: ‘The rat ***’ – she had a great sense of humor.

“She stopped caring about my father long before she died.

“I had two childhoods. The first was OK because we had money, but the second period was very difficult. It was like an instant change. If it were not for the churches we belonged to, I do not think my mother would have made it.

“You can have an outside persona, we all have something we project, but my dad has projected one all his life and lived through the girls.

“I think it’s just sad because there’s no way my dad does not think of me or my other brothers and sisters. There’s just no way in your life that you can put it aside and not think about it .

CHANCE MEET WITH SISTER

“Because I’ve had people, especially in the hospice where I work, who have regretted things. He has not forgotten us, he has just put us in a compartment. You know that part of your world exists, but you will just not dealing with it – and that’s a sad thing.

“He chose tennis for them when he knew it could make him a millionaire too.

“I feel sympathy for him like, dude, you have to come to terms with this.”

She has only met her tennis-playing half-siblings once by chance at Knott’s Berry Farm, an amusement park in California when the couple were teenagers.

Most barbs against her father are marked by laughter and self-reflection, as Sabrina feels she has finally found contentment after spending her younger years with unresolved anger issues.

“How many times do we have to blame our parents for everything?” she said.

“My father is not a good father, he was never a good father, and that’s the truth. But at some point one has to take responsibility. That’s why I went for counseling – I’m a better person because I realize that I can not just blame my father. “

Whether she will meet her half-sisters again, Sabrina said: “I do not think I will ever meet Serena or Venus another time.

“I would love to be able to meet my niece [Serena‚Äôs daughter Olympia, four] because she is so sweet and adorable, I love children. “

Now Sabrina is in her right element and working at the hospice and would eventually like to work as a children’s hospital pastor in one of the bible states.

Sabrina now lives in Las Vegas and has only met her half-siblings by chance once in California

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Sabrina now lives in Las Vegas and has only met her half-siblings by chance once in CaliforniaCredit: These images are www.thisischriswhite.com and may not be reprinted unless authorized to
Richard had a manifesto to turn his girls into tennis superstars

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Richard had a manifesto to turn his girls into tennis superstarsCredit: AFP
Sabrina has not seen her estranged father for years and claims he left their family

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Sabrina has not seen her estranged father for years and claims he left their familyCredit: These images are www.thisischriswhite.com and may not be reprinted unless authorized to
KING RICHARD – Official ‘Be Alive’ trailer starring Will Smith as Venus and Serena Williams’ father

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