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Rihanna

Alleged Anti-Gay Comments

... Fan Now Says He Faked Them

2/21/2014 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Major flip-flopping after a gay fan publicly accused Rihanna of saying he was going to hell for his homosexuality -- he has now changed his story ... insisting he was LYING the whole time ... and actually Photoshopped the Instagram image going around the Internet.

Benvoy Seals posted the above image on Instagram last night -- showing a back and forth between him and Rihanna on her comments section.

Benvoy writes, "Rihanna u going to hell girl" -- and, in the image, Rihanna responds, "Arnt you gay? ... Nuff said blah!"

The exchange was shocking, especially because Rihanna voiced her support for gay rights in Russia less than a week ago -- posting a photo of herself wearing a hat embroidered with "P6," which stands for Principle 6 ... a campaign against Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

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But now, Benvoy tells TMZ, he Photoshopped the picture for no reason ... "I lied. I don't know why. I just did." He also said he received thousands of death threats and hate messages.

Benvoy has since deleted the original Instagram image and posted a retraction in its place, claiming, "Rihanna would never say something like that."

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We reached out to Rihanna's camp for comment -- so far, no word back.

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UniqueSci    

He said like an hour ago that the pic was fake 😒

183 days ago
17.

Romannavy    

Jeez y'all hatin on her over a FAKE instagram message. https://twitter.com/BenVoy

Rihanna's team might sue him.

183 days ago
18.

Columbo    

You co workers sister in law is gay and going to hell

183 days ago
19.

k    

It was photoshoped the guy benvoy even admitted to it he posted a picture and said it was fake check his instagram page http://instagram.com/benvoy

183 days ago
20.

LunarJunk    

Now you're stalking her IG? Lame

183 days ago
21.

JackieMichele    

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's not meant literally.

183 days ago
22.

bob    

Once again, TMZ overreacting to nothing.

183 days ago
23.

Clins    

Rihanna is allowed to say anything she wants, now the rest of you shut up.

183 days ago
24.

think101    

I'm sure their is a story in here somewhere but I'm exhausted.

183 days ago
25.

Randomness    

I think people are missing the point...The fan told her she was going to hell and so she just threw it back in his face that people say the same thing about gays. Basically, she was telling this guy to stop being a hypocrite.

183 days ago
26.

Randomness    

I think Rihanna was pointing out that people say that gays are going to hell

183 days ago
27.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

She doesn't reply to fans on her instagram. I believe the image is a fake. She would have to read through all of her comments to find his one little comment, and find it important enough to respond. Don't by the hype! Besides, she seems to like to swing several ways herself.

183 days ago
28.

IfYouSaySo    

Lmao @ TMZ ... Seems like you jumped the fun again huh lol ...

183 days ago
29.

BornDee    

This comment and story are both completely untrue. The user who edited this picture already admitted to it (http://instagram.com/p/kr7FG4K9un/). Shame on you for the lack of research and libel, poor journalism at its best.

183 days ago
30.

Mare    

You print a story about what she allegedly said, then print a retraction in the same article. Good journalism.

183 days ago
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