Benvoy Seals, a gay Rihanna fan, caused quite the ruckus this week when he shared an alleged Instagram exchange he had with the pop superstar.
According to Seals' screen shot, Rihanna said he was going to hell for being gay - a shocking accusation he happily spread around the Internet.
Now he's admitting it's all fake, though.
Benvoy Seals posted the below image on Instagram Thursday night, showing a back and forth between himself and Rih on her comments section.
Seals writes to her: "Rihanna u going to hell girl"
She replies: "Arnt you gay? ... Nuff said blah!"
Only she didn't. Benvoy now insists he was lying the whole time and that he actually Photoshopped the Instagram image circulating around the web.
Benvoy has deleted the original Instagram picture and posted a retraction in its place, claiming, "Rihanna would never say something like that."
The exchange with the singer would have been truly shocking if it were legitimate, given that Rihanna is long been believed to be an LGBT supporter.
In fact, the 26-year-old voiced support for gay rights in Russia less than a week ago, posting a photo of herself wearing a hat embroidered with "P6."
Principle 6 is a campaign against Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. There's also her new video with Shakira. Can't get much more pro girl-on-girl than that.
As for why Benvoy would do such a thing to tarnish her reputation?
"I lied. I don't know why," he told TMZ in a Friday interview. "I just did."
He also received thousands of death threats and hate messages, which he probably asked for, although allow us to offer a suggestion, Mr. Seals:
Just post actual comments by these folks. No need to fake anything:
1. Kirk Cameron
Few celebrities are as vocally opposed to same sex marriage as former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron.
2. Phil Robertson
Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson ignited a national controversy with his comments to GQ about gays and gay sex.
3. Isaiah Washington
Isaiah Washington got the boot from Grey's Anatomy, and pretty much derailed his own career, by referring to then co-star T.R. Knight by a gay slur ... then doing it again whilst insisting he didn't do it.
4. Chris Brown
Chris Brown has dropped more gay slurs over the course of his many scandals than we can even remember.
5. Alec Baldwin
The actor got into hot water with homophobic tweets towards writer George Stark, then in a separate incident, called a photographer a "c--ks--king f--got" which he somehow said was not a gay slur.
6. Paris Hilton
In the fall of 2012, Hilton said: â"Gay guys are the horniest people in the world... theyâre disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS." Not much we can add to that.
7. Pat Robertson
In August 2013, Pat Robertson said on The 700 Club that gay peiple purposely spread AIDS. Really, he said this!
8. Donald Trump
Trump actually criticized gay marriage by comparing it to a golf game in 2012. It's as strange as it sounds.
9. Mel Gibson
In 1991, Gibson told Spanish newspaper El Pais: âWith this look, whoâs going to think Iâm gay? I donât lend myself to that type of confusion. Do I look like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?â Was this a long time ago? Yes. But has Gibson's recent behavior made you think he's grown more tolerant?
10. Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan launched into an anti-gay bit during a stand-up routine. He balked at apologizing but later did so in a statement.
11. Lil Scrappy
When Frank Ocean came out, Lil Scrappy made a plea to âreal womenâ who want to deal with âreal menâ so they could âkeep the AIDS situation down."