​Chris Brown Wished Rihanna a "Happy Birthday" and the Internet Is Very Confused

​Chris Brown Wished Rihanna a "Happy Birthday" and the Internet Is Very Confused
At this point, Chris Brown is better known for causing controversy than topping pop charts — and a recent Instagram post from the singer has stirred shit up on Twitter.
 
Brown decided to send his ex a birthday greeting via Instagram earlier today. He shared a photo of a young Rihanna, simply captioning it: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY @badgalriri."
 
 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY @badgalriri

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Not everyone thought it was a particularly appropriate gesture, however, and droves of Riri supporters have taken to Twitter to voice their disapproval.
 
Back in 2009, Brown infamously assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Images of her injuries later went viral, and Rihanna fans and feminists around the world reacted with calls to boycott Brown's music.
 
Following a brief reunion in 2012, Brown and Rihanna officially broke up in 2013. In 2015, Rihanna told Vanity Fair: "I don't hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We're not friends, but it's not like we're enemies. We don't have much of a relationship now."
 
See how fans have reacted to Brown's public display of birthday affection below.
 
Brown's fans also stepped up, however, defending the gesture.
 
Of course, Riri has also received many other less controversial birthday messages today. See some of those below.
 
 

Happy b day @badgalriri !!!! BLESS UP!! Love you !

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