(KGTV) — An item that has gone viral on social media claims Hello Kitty's boyfriend Dear Daniel identifies as a girl.
The rumor has generated both support and criticism.
But it's much ado about nothing because the claim is fiction.
The official website for the company that created Hello Kitty has a lengthy description of Dear Daniel which calls him Hello Kitty's "boyfriend" and only uses he/him pronouns.
Hello Kitty herself caused a bit of a stir in 2014 when news outlets correctly reported the character is actually a little girl rather than a cat.