Following rampant speculation during Rihanna‘s Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, it is official: The singer is pregnant with her second child.
A representative confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter soon after the performance, which saw Rihanna sporting a red outfit that highlighted her baby bump.
Rihanna performed a medley of her hits, without any special guest performers, as tend to join the halftime headliner, at the State Farm Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (For the 2023 Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles are facing off.)
For her nearly 15-minute performance, she sang her hits including “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “Where Have You Been,” “Only Girl in the World,” “We Found Love,” “Work,” “All of the Lights,” “Run This Town,” “Umbrella,” and “Diamonds.” Her stage was both in the air — platforms floating above the football field (so let’s just say we were happy to — and on the ground — runways — with her dancers in white joining her on both. It was choreographed by Rihanna’s frequent collaborator, Parris Goebel.
Rihanna and rapper A$AP Rocky welcomed their son in May 2022. He was spotted on the sidelines watching her halftime performance. Ahead of the February 12 game, during a press conference, she admitted she was at first hesitant to say yes.
“When I first got the call to do it again this year, I was like, ‘You sure? I’m three months postpartum. Should I be making major decisions like this right now? I might regret this,” she said (via People). “But when you become a mom, there’s something that just happens where you feel like you can take on the world. You can do anything, and the Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages in the world. So, as scary as that was… 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.”
And there was certainly something exhilarating about her performance.