ONE of the world’s most popular and successful pop stars has taken time from ruling the global music scene to help a young fan with his coming out journey.
Only days after Rihanna made history by tying with The Beatles for having spent the most weeks at the top of the Billboard charts, it was revealed she had been counselling a fan via direct messaging on Twitter.
The man slowly came out to different friends, while Rihanna continued to check up on him and he plans to be fully out by the time her Anti world tour gets to his home town. Scroll down below for the full interaction.
“Baby it’s ok to be scared but it’s more important to be who you are,” she told him via Twitter.
“The community here amongst, we will hold you down boo.”
Rihanna has been a vocal supporter of LGBTI issues over her career, including denouncing LGBTI discrimination laws in Indiana. Before performing the song Live Your Life at a concert in the state she shouted: “Who’s feeling these new bullshit laws they’re trying to pass over here? I said, ‘Fuck that shit’. I wanna hear you say, ‘Fuck that shit.’ Cause we’re just living our motherfucking lives. Indiana!”
rih on the religious freedom bill pic.twitter.com/cOhGZ9TMKq
— mikela (@innerwildflower) April 5, 2015
Rihanna in Indiana calling out anti-LGBTI laws. Video: Twitter via @innerwildflower
The singer was also not afraid of the Russian Government when she sent it a subtle message about its tough laws on LGBTI people during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The Barbados born performer posted a photo on Instagram wearing a beanie with ‘P6’ embroidered on it.
P6 is a campaign to support LGBTI athletes, inspired by the section of the Olympic charter which says: “Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”
Here’s the Twitter interaction with her fan: