Despite a tweet that she was choosing sides, Rihanna clarified on Tuesday (July 15) that all she wants is “peace and a swift end” to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Let's pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?…. pic.twitter.com/jHD56KXkcu
— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 15, 2014
The “Diamonds” singer made the statement hours after she tweeted “#FreePalestine” — reportedly by mistake — garnering many angry responses from fans. The message was retweeted and favorited thousands of times before she deleted it just 8 minutes later.
She offered no explanation for the #FreePalestine message in her tweet Tuesday evening, but a source close to the singer told TMZ that she was reading about the conflict when she inadvertently tweeted it.
“She deleted it because it was never meant to be tweeted,” the source explained. “She didn’t even realize it was a tweet until she started hearing from her fans.”
Rihanna has rarely been one to comment on foreign affairs. Just three days ago, NBA star Dwight Howard sent out the exact same tweet and quickly deleted it, explaining, “previous tweet was a mistake. I have never commented on international politics and never will.”