Nine-time Grammy Award winner Rihanna made her highly anticipated comeback at the Super Bowl 57 on Sunday and sent social media into a frenzy with speculation that she is pregnant again, before she revealed that she was expecting her second child.
A representative for the 34-year-old chart-topper confirmed the pregnancy to The Hollywood Reporter shortly after she wrapped up her performance.
It marks the first time she has performed on live television since 2018, where she joined DJ Khaled on stage to sing Wild Thoughts at the Grammy Awards.
Rihanna started off the show suspended on a platform high above the field as she belted out her single B**** Better Have My Money. She was dressed in a baggy scarlet jumpsuit that covered up her curves and was strapped loosely on her.
She’s back! Rihanna was suspended high above the field as she began her Super Bowl Half Time performance with B**** Better Have My Money. The song was ironic, as Rihanna and past Half Time performers have not been paid
Baby news? Her appearance also set of pregnancy speculation online due to her tight-fitting garment
Nailed it! Rihanna stuck to the classics but had the crowd on its feet with her assured performance, which didn’t betray her years away from the stage
The hitmaker paired the suit with a set of chunky red trainers. The platform she was suspended on then descended toward the field, where she joined a bevy of dancers in white on stage.
She kept her dancing moves to a minimum while letting the backup dancers pick up the slack.
Rihanna stuck to the hits and didn’t reveal any new songs during her performance, which featured 12 songs. She had the crowd going wild as she transitioned into Where Have You Been, followed by the hit Only Girl (In The World).
We Found Love, Rude Boy and her hit Work followed, though her collaborator Drake wasn’t featured on the later song. She continued with Wild Thoughts and Pour It Up.
The hitmaker made some controversial song choices, including an excerpt of her verse from the rapper Kanye West’s All Of The Lights, and she also performed part of Jay-Z’s Run This Town, which also featured West in its original version.
West was disgraced after making numerous anti-Semitic comments, including reportedly praising Adolf Hitler.
Rihanna concluded her performance with the one-two punch of Umbrella and then Diamonds as the closer.
The superstar, who was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has not released a solo album since January 2016. Her only solo music in the last seven years came in October, when she released Lift Me Up in tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman for the Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which earned the singer a nomination for an Academy Award.
Odd choice: The hitmaker made some controversial song choices, including an excerpt of her verse from the disgraced rapper Kanye West’s All Of The Lights, and she also performed part of Jay-Z’s Run This Town, which also featured West in its original version
High flying: Rihanna didn’t appear to have any fear of heights as she performed high above the ground, though she was harnessed to the platform for safety
Taking it easy: Rihanna kept her dancing moves to a minimum while letting the white-clad backup dancers pick up the slack
Just the hits: Rihanna stuck to the hits and didn’t reveal any new songs during her performance, which featured 12 songs. She had the crowd going wild as she transitioned into Where Have You Been, followed by the hit Only Girl (In The World)
Cream of the crop: We Found Love, Rude Boy and her hit Work followed, though her collaborator Drake wasn’t featured on the later song. She continued with Wild Thoughts and Pour It Up
Grand finale: Rihanna concluded her performance with the one-two punch of Umbrella and then Diamonds as the closer
Rihanna’s appearance and her clinging red garment left fans freaking out on social media as the wondered aloud if she might be expecting another child.
Some thought that a pre-Super Bowl interview with NFL Total Access might have hinted at a possible baby bump, as she cryptically said, ‘I’m thinking about bringing someone,’ though her performance featured no guests.
Her display came just one day short of nine months since she gave birth to her first child.
‘Wait i Rihanna pregnant or am I seeing s***???’ wrote one Twitter user who spoke for many.
Some users simply shared photos of her curves-bearing outfit, which seemed to speak for itself.
One humorous post referenced fans’ long-simmering disappointment that Rihanna hasn’t released an album since 2016’s acclaimed Anti, aside from some isolated guest verses and the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever song Lift Me Up.
‘Me realizing Rihanna is pregnant again, and we’re never getting another album,’ one fan speculated while adding a crying emoji.
Another user brought the rapper Tyler, the Creator — who is friends with Rihanna’s partner A$AP Rocky — into the discussion of her possible pregnancy. The former Odd Future member previously complained that Rocky wasn’t on his most recent album and had ignored him for months as his relationship with Rihanna heated up.
‘Tyler, the Creator when he finds out Rihanna’s pregnant again:,’ wrote one Twitter user who posted a photo of someone in a Footlocker uniform as they seemed to cry against a pole amid a rainstorm.
Shocking speculation: Rihanna’s appearance and her clinging red garment left fans freaking out on social media as the wondered aloud if she might be expecting another child
Visual evidence? Some users simply shared photos of her curves-bearing outfit, which seemed to speak for itself
The suffering continues: One humorous post referenced fans’ long-simmering disappointment that Rihanna hasn’t released an album since 2016’s acclaimed Anti, aside from some isolated guest verses and the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever song Lift Me Up
Feeling left out: Another user brought the rapper Tyler, the Creator — who is friends with Rihanna’s partner A$AP Rocky — into the discussion of her possible pregnancy. The former Odd Future member previously complained that Rocky wasn’t on his most recent album and had ignored him for months as his relationship with Rihanna heated up
Rihanna’s show was attended by a bevy of other stars who were likely as excited to see her finally perform again as viewers back at home.
Jay-Z, who played a pivotal role in getting the songstress a record contract, was spotted on the field with his daughter Blue Ivy — whom he shares with his wife Beyoncé — and the rapper Lil Uzi Vert. Paul McCartney, who collaborated with Rihanna and Kanye West on the single FourFiveSeconds, was seen with his wife Nancy Shevell in a box seat.
The country rocker Chris Stapleton was on hand for the Super Bowl to shred while singing the Star-Spangled Banner. Other stars in the stands included the Roots drummer Questlove, Kevin Hart, Billie Eilish, Adele — who said she was going ‘just for Rihanna’ — Neicy Nash, Ant-Man star Paul Rudd, Kris Jenner’s boyfriend Corey Gamble, SNL and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan, Community actor Joel McHale.
The monumental show is also her first performance since giving birth to her first child in May of 2022. She shares her son — whose name has not been released — with her partner of three years, the rapper A$AP Rocky.
She was inspired to take on the challenge after giving birth to her son.
‘When you become a mom there’s something that just happens (and) you feel like you can take on the world, you can do anything,’ she told reporters in Phoenix on Thursday.
Woman in red: Rihanna was seen in an all-red costume with a long puffy black coat as she prepared to go on stage
Stunner: She highlighted her plump lips with a matching shade of scarlet
Showing off: The stunner appeared to have a lustrous section over her chest that traced the outline of her prominent bust
Keeping it simple: Her raven tresses were styled with a middle part and tied back in a long braided ponytail
Perfection: She was impeccably made up, and she wore plenty of silver hardware in her ears
Keeping it casual for now: Before the show, she was spotted in a casual black Super Bowl–themed Fenty jacket with a pale pink trucker hat as she headed into the venue
‘So as scary as that was because I haven’t been on stage in seven years, there’s something exhilarating about the challenge of it all. And it’s important for me to do this, this year. It’s important for representation, it’s important for my son to see that.’
Rihanna was determined to incorporate elements of her Caribbean culture in the performance on Sunday.
‘That’s a big part of why this is important for me to do this show: representation, representing for immigrants, representing for my country, Barbados, representing for Black women everywhere,’ she said.
It took a crew of 300 to 400 workers to assemble the stage in eight minutes and break it down just as quickly — a feat of ingenuity requiring military-like precision for the 13-minute halftime concert.
‘It’s incredible — it’s almost impossible,’ said Rihanna, who told a crowd of reporters on Thursday that she had not slept the night before when an on-site rehearsal ran long.
‘I’ve been so focused on the Super Bowl I totally forgot that my birthday is coming up [on Feb. 20],’ the singer added. ‘I totally forgot about Valentine’s Day. I’m just like, Super Bowl, Super Bowl, Super Bowl.’
Rihanna joins a list of celebrated entertainers who have played during Super Bowl halftime shows, including Beyoncé, Madonna, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and The Weeknd. Last year, hip hop was celebrated with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar all performing.
It is the second time Rihanna has been asked to perform at the Super Bowl after she reportedly turned down an offer in 2018 out of solidarity with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice.
Barbados-born Rihanna was discovered in 2003 in her home country by American record producer Evan Rogers, who sent her demo to Def Jam Recordings.
It eventually fell into the hands of Def Jam’s president Jay-Z, who invited her to come in and perform and instantly fell in love with Rihanna — and the rest is history. Jay was among the stars attending the Super Bowl, and he was seen on the grounds with his daughter Blue Ivy, 11, whom he shares with his wife Beyoncé.
She went on to become one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having currently sold more than 250 million records worldwide for her hits like Pon de Replay, Umbrella, SOS, Unfaithful, Good Girl Gone Bad, and Don’t Stop The Music, to name a few.
She also starred in multiple movies and became a big name in the fashion industry for collaborating with brands including Armani, Dior and Puma.
She put her music career on pause in 2017 to focus on her business ventures, launching an enormous cosmetics company called Fenty Beauty — which includes products like foundations, highlighters, bronzers, blush, and lip glosses, and has surpassed other celebrity cosmetics brands such as Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty in sales.
A year later, she expanded the company with her Savage X Fenty lingerie brand, which sells underwear that comes in a variety of sizes to fit all shapes and sizes of people.
She has also released a luxury fashion house called Fenty and a skin care brand named Fenty Skin, and there are rumors that she is currently gearing up to release a line of hair-care products called Fenty Hair.
Her endeavors have made her one of the most well-known stars in Hollywood, and have earned her more than a billion dollars along the way.
Last year Rihanna de-throned fellow A-lister Kim Kardashian to earn Forbes’ title of America’s youngest self-made female billionaire, after amassing an impressive net worth of $1.4 billion.
Pals: Jay-Z, who initially showed interest in Rihanna and helped sign her to a record deal with his label, was supporting his friend with his daughter Blue Ivy, whom he shares with Beyoncé
Music stars: The father–daughter duo met up with fellow rapper Lil Uzi Vert on the field before the game
Rock on! Country rocker Christ Stapleton shredded while singing the Star-Spangled Banner
Pop icon: Paul McCartney, who collaborated with Rihanna and Kanye West on FourFiveSeconds, was seen in a box with his wife Nancy Shevell
There for one thing only: Adele said she only came to the Super Bowl to see Rihanna
Letting loose: Comedian Kevin Hart was also spotted partying
Beaming: Community star Joel McHale, Neicy Nash and her wife Jessica Betts and the Roots drummer Questlove were all in attendance
Big fan: Ant-Man star Paul Rudd was supporting the Kansas City Chiefs
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