Chris Brown was rumored to be a father Tuesday after TMZ reported he had a 9-month-old daughter. The news site shared a picture of the baby girl as “proof,” but Twitter users weren’t easily persuaded. Many of them thought it was just a hoax.

Within minutes of TMZ’s story being published, “Chris Brown – Surprise” was a top-trending topic on Twitter. Brown, 25, did not immediately issue a statement, but recently he said he would not talk about personal matters on social media or in interviews after he discussed an alleged relationship that ex-girlfriend Rihanna had with Leonardo DiCaprio. Major news like a secret love child who no one knew about for 9 months, plus a pregnancy, could be enough for the rapper to issue a statement, though.

The news site Gossip Cop is renowned for dismantling online news concerning celebrities, but didn’t have an immediate answer. Instead, GC issued a tweet that said they were “seeking confirmation.” Even though they reached out to Brown’s camp, they hadn't heard back yet.

Brown’s notorious on-again, off-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran did not issue a statement, but she might not stay quiet for long. She and Brown have a history of feuding online, whether it be on Instagram or Twitter. Even Disney star Hilary Duff called out the couple for airing their dirty laundry on social media when she was asked about ex-boyfriend Aaron Carter trying to win her back through Twitter posts.

"Him reaching out through social media? It's ridiculous!" Duff told Cosmopolitan. "But then people do it all the time, like Chris Brown and Karrueche? Come on, guys. Keep it between text messages."

Meanwhile, many Twitter users denied the news concering Brown. Some of their posts have been shared below:

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