Rihanna Riles Up Her Fans After Following Chris Brown on Twitter

"I never thought you would go back to him!" says a fan; the singer bites back in response -- then quickly apologizes

Rihanna's fans want to make sure she's never hurt again by Chris Brown -- even if it's just on Twitter. This weekend, Rihanna began following Brown, the ex-boyfriend who assaulted her in 2009, on Twitter. The pop diva's hardcore devotees, who call themselves "the Rihanna Navy," noticed immediately -- and let's just say they weren't happy.

"I never thought you would go back to him!" one very dedicated fan wrote to the singer. "You better not, its your life but you do have ppl that look up to you. e.g young girls."

Of course, we all know that Rihanna isn't afraid to speak her mind, even on the Internet. (Remember that online confrontation with Ciara back in February?) The singer responded by telling the fan (Twitter handle: iStan4Rihanna) to chill.

"Its f***in twitter, not the alter! calm down," Rihanna wrote.

At first, the fan seemed devastated by Rihanna's response, tweeting to a friend, "Ive wanted @rihanna to tweet me all my life, shes my idol, and she tweetd me somethng bad ):" But when it became clear that iStan4Rihanna was very sorry -- and just fourteen years old! -- Rihanna was quick to apologize.

"Babygirl I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt or offend u!" Rihanna wrote to the fan. "Just needed to make it clear to the Navy! I still Stan for u xoxo."

Rihanna followed her apology with a message of thanks to her whole Navy: "BIG UP to the most dedicated and supportive Mo'fos in MY world! I thank u, I love u til the end!"

This isn't the first time that Rihanna fans have gone on the offensive to try and "protect" her from Brown (even though the 23-year-old can obviously stand up for herself). In February, fans were shocked when Rihanna agreed to lift her restraining order against Brown so that they could both attend industry events without complications. In March, the singer explained that the restraining order has nothing to do with a reconciliation, saying, "It doesn't mean we're gonna make up, or even talk again. We don't have to talk ever again in my life."

Rihanna's fans may still be wary of Brown, but at least one fan seems to have made peace with the situation. Hours after her Twitter exchange with the singer, iStan4Rihanna tweeted that this had been the best day of her life.

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