Multi-award-winning musician and entrepreneur Rihanna Sunday made headlines after making a long-awaited return to performing music while unveiling that she was pregnant.
The Megastar’s performance was part of the 57th Super Bowl where she performed midair on a floating stage while wearing a clingy all-red ensemble which showcased what many viewers deduced was another “Riri” in the making.
Representatives of the 34-year-old musician confirmed viewers suspicions to magazine outlets Rolling Stone and The Hollywood Reporter.
“A representative for @Rihanna confirmed she is pregnant following her explosive #AppleMusicHalftime #Superbowl performance,” tweeted The Hollywood Reporter.
The Barbados-born singer released her first song in almost seven years on October 28, 2022, titled “Lift Me Up,” and left fans hopeful that she would be previewing more new releases during her Super Bowl performance.
Despite the demands for new music, Rihanna offered her fans a nostalgia tour of hits from the past, performing recording songs such as “Rude Boy,” “We Found Love,” “Work,” “Run This Town,” and “Umbrella.”
Olele Salvador, a Ghanaian entertainment journalist described Rihanna’s return to the stage as a “mesmerizing” production.
“Another weekend another mesmerizing Rocnation production! Rihanna’s full #SuperBowl halftime performance y’all!” he tweeted.
Salvador’s sentiments were echoed by the National Football League who described the half-time show as “unreal.”
Sunday’s performance marked a reversal after Rihanna had previously turned down an opportunity to perform during the Super Bowl’s half time show, in protest of the NFL’s handling of race issues in the U.S.
In accepting the coveted slot this time around, the mega star said it was “important for representation.”
“It’s important for my son to see this,” said Rihanna.
This report includes some information from The Hollywood Reporter and Agence France-Presse