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Rihanna's IV Pic

Flu Da One

5/9/2012 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The IV picture Rihanna shared on TwitterThere's a reason Rihanna's arm was hooked up to a bunch of needles and tubes yesterday -- sources close to Rihanna tell TMZ, the singer had been struck down with a bad case of the flu ... and required an IV drip.

Sources tell us, she started feeling really ill last week and saw a doctor on Thursday ... but by the time of her "Saturday Night Live" appearance, she still wasn't fully recovered.

As we first reported, Rihanna missed the SNL dress rehearsal because she was sick -- but show producers didn't buy her excuse ... insisting she didn't appear ill.

But looks might be deceiving -- because we're told Rihanna wasn't just ill during her SNL performance, she also continued to feel sick the next few days ... and her doc was forced to put her on Penicillin.

Soon after, Rihanna began to experience flu-like symptoms -- requiring IV treatment yesterday, which is when she posted the above picture on Twitter.

We're told she's feeling much better now.

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squeakermama    

Penicillin? IV for the flu? Hummmmmmmm.

806 days ago
17.

Flying Blind    

Just some excuse as to why she sucked on SNL, it's hard to lip-sync when you're sick.

806 days ago
18.

mitchell    

Radishes!

806 days ago
19.

steve    

Please. Only shallow narcissists constantly post lame pictures of themselves to get attention. Her lame "thug life" tattoo doesn't quite match the whiny idiot who can't even show up to SNL dress rehearsals.

806 days ago
20.

PrinceC    

ew

806 days ago
21.

anneb    

why are americans so off on the reality or simple common sense about life? how many times have you feel sick but still try to work or honor your obligations till you can't anymore and the doctor has to tell you u really need to stop? whats different with rihanna? like you and me she will stay out of that bed till the disease knocks her, we all do that, y'all need to stop ur nonsense!

806 days ago
22.

suuzie    

Get well Rihanna!!!!!

806 days ago
23.

@iAMTIMWILSON    

Ok Axel Foley, we not gon fall for the "Banana in the tail pipe"

806 days ago
24.

Jay    

Gross. Why do celebs feel the need to tweet pics of themselves in the hospital? Then they whine about having no privacy? They cant even deal with not having privacy in moments where they actually have it!

806 days ago
25.

shellibelli    

SKANK yuck how does she wipe with those nails, Yuck

806 days ago
26.

Peaches    

She is probably being treated for dehydration a common problem associated with a partying lifestyle. An hour quick fix for a hangover is a saline drip. She has already ruined her vocals from smoking so she is trying to do reputation damage control. Her recent tweet photos of herself doing drugs were not well received. The love for the bad boys and hard drugs tends to catch up with you. Next, they will say she is being treated in a rehab facility for "exhaustion".

806 days ago
27.

trexas    

So over this chick and sick of hearing about her.

806 days ago
28.

Ozzie X    

propofol

806 days ago
29.

Jay    

I see she is doing this because the producers of SNL were pissed that she missed the dress rehearsal. Now she is tweeting a photo of her IV to garner sympathy. How obvious.

806 days ago
30.

squiggly    

Rihanna is full of it. She sure gets the "flu" a lot. This whole show is because the SNL producers were pissed at her for not showing for rehearsal.

806 days ago
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