Rihanna fans were more than a little shook.
It goes without saying that, in the world of music, most performers don't go by their birth names on the album or live in concert. From Shawn Carter to Onika Tanya Maraj, many of the most popular rappers have legal names that don't really resemble their given legal identities, but with the advent of the Internet, that doesn't prevent most fans from figuring out what most hip-hop artists' real names are. With that in mind, it was quite amusing to see more than a few Rihanna fans perplexed by the moniker that she decided to give her new makeup line, which had its launch earlier this week over in the U.K.
Why are all Rihanna's products called Fenty? Like her shoes and that as well— kevin gnapoor (@CXRRYINGCOFFINS) September 9, 2017
The reasoning behind that choice is, of course, because that's Rihanna's real last name. Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20th, 1988, the Barbados native has been making hit music for what seems like forever under that iconic stage name. Needless to say, the uninformed were more than a little shook when the truth was revealed to them. Again, I'm not too sure how this information eluded them with Internet connections built into every smartphone and mobile device that's available on the market today, but I digress. Behold the amazement of the enlightened:
FENTY IS RIHANNA'S LAST NAME SAY WHAT 😆😩😩😩 I am the worst fan ever pic.twitter.com/Kp4D6HbdF3— HENSLEY (@HensleyU) September 12, 2017
I WAS SHOOK NOT KNOWING RIHANNA'S LAST NAME IS "FENTY" WOAHHHH 😳— ✨ Kurt Ashton ✨ (@SatelliteKisser) September 20, 2017
Am I the only one who didn't know that Rihanna's last name was Fenty? Lol wtf is my problem— ジャスミン (@jasnation25) September 11, 2017
I just found out that Fenty is actually Rihanna's last name pic.twitter.com/Sd7lDZFpRi— Bea Nicor (@beanicor) September 20, 2017
Okay I’m not gonna lie I had no idea Rihanna’s real name is Robyn Fenty lmao— ㅤ (@ShortHairRasta) September 21, 2017
wait rihanna's real name isnt rihanna?— d (@judasfenty) September 20, 2017
As if Rihanna’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty— Ella Dowling (@ellaadowling) September 20, 2017
Fenty is actually Rihanna's last name. Mind. Blown. pic.twitter.com/tQBVf4R1zy— ReemOmeirat (@ReemOmeirat) September 20, 2017
Before anyone tries to smash their computer or smartphone screen out of anger, just know that you're not the only one. Several other Twitter users turned up to scold the "uncultured swine" who weren't privy to this basic information previously.
Don’t ever disrespect Twitter like that ever again only uncultured swines wouldn’t know Robyn Rihanna Fenty’s full name. It’s 2017 grow up https://t.co/xy1gnri9E8— Rihanna News (@RihannaSpot) September 21, 2017
wait so all ya hoes buying FENTY didnt know it was Rihanna last name 🤔— jma (@JustBeinqJess) September 21, 2017
people really didn't know Fenty was Rihanna's last name? she's been in the game for over 10 years. its 2017, we have smart phones & Google pic.twitter.com/HIIqfEurgF— Jenn McDaniel White (@FirstLadyJenn) September 21, 2017
Call yourselves Rihanna fans but didn't know Fenty was her last name 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄 bye basics— Amanda (@badgalmandyyy) September 20, 2017
How you gonna call yourself a fan when you don't even know who Robyn Fenty is???— Get yo friend (@YezziKnows) September 21, 2017
As it turns out, if you really want to get RiRi's attention across a crowded room, the best bet would be to use her real name. “I get kind of numb to hearing Rihanna, Rihanna, Rihanna. When I hear Robyn, I pay attention,” the singer told Rolling Stone in 2011. “Robyn is the brick to my foundation. It’s something I hold on to. It’s everything I grew up with, my childhood, Barbados, people close to me. Everything that’s familiar. People know Rihanna from my music. But if this were to all go away tomorrow, I would always look at myself as Robyn.”