A representative for Rihanna confirmed that the singer is pregnant following her explosive Super Bowl halftime show.
Rihanna wore a puffy, bright red jumpsuit with tight, rubbery garb underneath that showed a baby bump that fueled a wave of social media speculation until the big revelation.
The media mogul launched the 13-minute performance on a futuristic-style hovering platform with 'Bitch Better Have My Money', as a cadre of dancers in white jumpsuits grooved below her. Quick segues into "Where Have You Been" and "Only Girl (In the World)" led to a fireworks display during "We Found Love," her fizzy banger with Calvin Harris.
Rihanna sang and danced to a number of her hits at the State Farm Arena in Glendale, Arizona, where the Philadelphia Eagles are playing the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rihanna reveals pregnancy
Rihanna’s performance was her first solo performance event in seven years and her first since becoming a mother for the first time nine months ago.
The singer’s representative confirmed the pregnancy shortly after she ended her 13-minute set at Super Bowl 57, reports The Associated Press.
Rihanna, 34, has a 9-month-old son with rapper A$AP Rocky.
During her media preview Thursday, Rihanna said she was initially unsure about taking on the challenge of performing during a time when she was three months postpartum and wondered “should I be making major decisions like this right now? I might regret this.”
“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,” Rihanna said. “The Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages of the world. As scary as that was because I hadn’t been on stage in seven years, there’s something exhilarating about the challenge of it all.”
A nine-time Grammy Award-winner, Rihanna has 14 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including “We Found Love,” “Work,” “Umbrella” and “Disturbia.”
Rihanna also resurfaced musically last year with the ballad “Lift Me Up,” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The song lost the best original song at the Golden Globe Awards to “Naatu Naatu” (from the film RRR) but is also up for best original song at the March 12 Oscars.
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