Rihanna fans confused after singer reveals how to properly pronounce her name in viral video

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 23: Rihanna attends the Fenty Exclusive Preview  on May 23, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images For Fenty)

Rihanna's fans have just discovered how the singing star says her own name - and some of them are very confused.

The revelation caused uproar on Twitter when she said her name in a video posted by Vogue, from her Fenty pop-up store in Paris.

In the video, she says, "Hello British Vogue, it's Rihanna," pronouncing her name 'Ree-Anna', the way British fans tend to, rather than 'Ree-Ah-Na', which is mostly the American pronounciation.

Confused fans gathered on Twitter to discuss the video. One tweeter broke the news to everyone else with the Vogue video, saying: "rihanna is the one pronouncing her own name wrong lmao."

This tweeter makes a good point about how Rihanna fans ought to know the true pronunciation by now: "rihanna has been in the game for 16 years and just now yall realise yall been saying her namewrong? i- [gif]."

This tweeter made it very clear that it's American fans getting Rihanna's name wrong: "I've noticed this and this tweet reiterates it: only Americans don't know how to say Rihanna's name. I don't know HOW you guys be getting it wrong but damn."

The correct pronunciation of Rihanna's name has long been a point of contention on the internet.

Back in 2013, Rihanna's own mother, Monica Braithwaite, pronounced it onstage during the American Music Awards with the 'ah', prompting this tweet: "You've probably been saying Rihanna's name wrong this whole time."

By 2015, MTV News had to tell Twitter that fans had been saying Rihanna's name incorrectly for 10 years: "Apparently we've all been saying @rihanna's name wrong for 10 years."

This fan wondered in 2017 whether the mispronunciations annoyed Rihanna: "Realized Rihanna pronounces her name Ree-ann-uh not Ree-ah-nuh & now wondering if she's annoyed almost the whole world says her name wrong."

Fans who have been saying Rihanna's name correctly let Twitter know of their relief.

One pleased fan said: "Phewww I have been pronouncing Rihanna's name right all these years ! #Rihanna"

One British Tweeter concluded: "This is why Rihanna moved to the UK, cause we been saying her name right this whole time."

Another said:"Not sure about the rest of you but I've been pronouncing her name right @rihanna maybe because I'm British."

Rihanna - aka Robyn Rihanna Fenty, her name at birth - recently revealed she had been living under the radar in London for the past year, delighting her British fans.

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Rihanna performs on stage during the World Music Awards at Earls Court in central London.
Rihanna arriving for the MTV Music Video Awards (VMA's) at the American Airlines Arena, Florida on 28/08/05. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
Singer Rihanna during MTV's TRL (Total Request Live) show, at MTV's Leicester Square studio, central London, Thursday 17 November 2005. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Jane Mingay/PA
Rihanna live on stage.
Rihanna arriving at the the MTV Video Music Awards 2006, Radio City, New York.
Rihanna in the press room of the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Rihanna supports the Pussycat Dolls performing on stage at the Birmingham NEC on November 30,2006.
Rihanna performs at the Cardiff International Arena on the same bill as the Pussycat Dolls.
Rihanna arrives for the 2007 MTV Movie awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, Los Angeles.
Rihanna attending the MTV Video Music Awards 2007, in Las Vegas.
Rihanna arrives for at the World Music Awards 2007 at the Sporting Club Casino in Monte Carlo, France.
Rihanna performs on stage with Klaxons, during the BRIT Awards 2008, at Earls Court in central London.
Rihanna arriving at the Brit Awards 2008, Earls Court, London.
Rihanna arrives for the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California
Rihanna performs at the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam concert on Miami Beach in Florida, USA

In an interview with the New York Times, the singer said that she had moved to London to be closer her make-up company Fenty, who are based in France and Italy.

Asked what she appreciates about London, Rihanna said: "Walking around the block," although she admitted that she has to do it in disguise.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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