A screenshot of a tweet from a UK-based newspaper The Independent is going viral with a claim that singer Rihanna has said that she will name her child after the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Rakesh Singh Tikait.
Rihanna, an international singer, had showed her support to the Indian farmers during their protest in January 2021.
Tikait had welcomed the support from international artistes and activists, while also acknowledging that he did not know them.
We, however, found that the screenshot in question is fake and there is no official word on the name of Rihanna's unborn child.
A post on social media has been shared with a caption that reads, "रिहाना ने अपने होने वाले बच्चे का नाम टिकैत रखेगी। अब समझ आ रहा है टिकैत बार बार आंदोलन में क्यो जाता था"
(Translation: Rihanna will name her unborn child 'Tikait'. Now I understand why Tikait used to go to the farmers' protest.)
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
On conducting a keyword search on Google, we came across a tweet by The Independent from 14 March, which carried the same article.
On comparing the viral tweet with this, we noticed an error.
The edited screenshot shows a darker verified mark beside the newspaper's name, whereas the original tweet's verification mark is a shade lighter.
In an email exchange, The Independent confirmed to The Quint that the screenshot wasn't real.
The screenshot from the viral post shows an attached article with a headline that reads, "Rihanna reflects on 'rebellious' pregnancy style." Upon searching the headline on Google, we were directed to the article of The Independent.
The article has no mention of Rihanna naming her baby after Tikait as claimed in the screenshot.
Instead, it speaks about the singer's fashion style during her pregnancy.
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