Rita Haney was “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott’s longtime best lady, in case you didn’t already know, and since Dime’s murder, she’s been doing what she can to keep her beau’s legacy alive. But she’s also concerned about Vinnie Paul.
She said she hopes Vinnie — Dime’s brother — can patch things up with Phil Anselmo, Pantera’s former frontman. The pair’s relationship has been strained for years, and made worse by comments made after Dime’s slaying.
Haney says she’s “exchanged a few e-mails” with Anselmo and “we bumped into each other in London. We’re still in the process of talking. Everybody has still resentments towards each other as far as things from the past. But these days, the Philip that I know? There’s always room in my heart for him. I love him. He’s my family and I would never want anything bad to happen to him.”
She said that her relationship with Vinnie Paul has been great, but was threatened by Rita’s “talking to Philip — [Vinnie’s] a little hot at me — but you know what?! We’re family and I just hope some day he sees the light that I know Darrell is about, which is forgiving, and I know it’ll come in time, as far as him not holding on to something so bitter. You’ve gotta let go to continue on.”