Rihanna has been privately helping a gay fan come out of the closet to his friends and family for the past month.
An anonymous fan reached out to the singer on Twitter DM, sharing screenshots with BuzzFeed, to say that he was afraid to come out because he’s a gay black man. Surprisingly, Rihanna replied with some advice.
“Baby it’s okay to be scared, but it’s more important to be who you really are!” Rihanna writes.
“Your family may not understand, but luckily you live in a generation that does!! And not to mention the community here amongst us, we will hold you down boo!!” Rihanna continued.
Later the fan messages Rihanna to let her know he came out to one of his friends. The 28-year-old asks what the reaction was and the fan says “she was happy for me.”
“I can only imagine! Which is what makes me so proud of you!!!” Rihanna replies.
The fan lets the “Work” singer know he is slowly beginning to come out to more people. He says he is thankful for her advice and pleads for her to “never forget.”
“How could I ever forget? I’m so proud of you! I’m glad to see you finally happy with yourself!!! Being who you are is the only way,” Rihanna writes back.
BuzzFeed reports the fan hopes to be fully out by July when he will be meeting Rihanna during her Anti world tour.