Rihanna has never been shy about showing off her sexy self. Just take her kinky new video for the track "S&M," which she plays sexy dominatrix, gagging the press in one of many colorful bondage scenes.

"'Cause I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it. Sex in the air. I don't care, I love the smell of it," she sings. "Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me."

And—coincidentally or not—just in time for the video's release, there are nearly nude pics making the rounds online purportedly of the singer. But are the topless pics legit?

You bet your umbrella they are.

The "Don't Stop the Music" singer confirmed it herself on her Twitter feed, responding to a fan's query about it that included a link to the pictures, which surfaced in recent days.

"@rihanna Heeey boo! What is thiss?" asked the fan.

Rihanna tweeted back: "@PinaRihanna That would be...ME When I was skinny!"

Per Internet reports, the 22-year-old hitmaker had texted them to a former boyfriend years ago, but there's no official word on how the pics made it online or the curious timing of their release.

That's not the only salacious story to surface involving the Barbadian star. The U.K.'s oft-dubious Daily Mail is reporting that Rihanna is also said to have had a steamy lesbian encounter with a Hollywood model.

So far, the star's rep has been mum on the pics and fling story.

But, based on her "S&M" and bad-girl role-playing, we're pretty sure Rihanna doesn't mind the free publicity.

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