GLENDALE, Ariz. — For Super Bowl fans who love Rihanna, this is what you came for. And more than that.
Rihanna’s 13-minute set during halftime of Super Bowl LVII on Sunday came seven years after the release of the singer’s most recent album, “Anti.” It also came with a surprise, as a representative for Rihanna confirmed that the singer was pregnant with her second child.
Update 10:03 p.m. EST Feb. 12: A representative for Rihanna confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the singer is pregnant after her Super Bowl halftime performance.
Rihanna played up her big news in the opening moments of her performance, rubbing her stomach and leaving the zipper of her jumpsuit down to reveal her baby bump, People reported.
Rihanna announcing her pregnancy was not on my #SuperBowlLVII bingo card, but I am SO here for it. pic.twitter.com/dpYl5Re75p— Ashley Washburn (@ashleyjwashburn) February 13, 2023
Rihanna, 34, wore a baggy red jumpsuit, fueling speculation on social media that she might be pregnant again.
Rihanna has a 9-month-old son with rapper A$AP Rocky, according to The Associated Press.
.@Rihanna performs at the #AppleMusicHalftime #SuperBowl show while pregnant pic.twitter.com/SdGWR2VWId— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 13, 2023
Original report: The singer opened her set with “Better Have My Money” and then launched into “Where Have You Been.”
Yes. Yes. Yes. 💃 @Rihanna #AppleMusicHalftime pic.twitter.com/1aaU8TOpNQ— NFL (@NFL) February 13, 2023
The fast-paced set continued with “Only Girl (In The World),” followed by “We Fell In Love.”
“Wild Thoughts” was the next number, followed by “Pour It Up.”
Rihanna continued with “All of the Lights,” “Run This Town,” “Umbrella” and “Diamonds.”
And the show ended with Rihanna on a floating platform.
“Thank you Arizona,” she said as she exited the stage.
SHE’S BAAAACK 👑 @Rihanna #AppleMusicHalftime pic.twitter.com/rH2G9r2RSc— NFL (@NFL) February 13, 2023
“The setlist was the biggest challenge. That was the hardest, hardest part. Deciding how to maximize 13 minutes but also celebrate -- that’s what this show is going to be,” Rihanna said before Sunday’s show, according to The Associated Press. “It’s going to be a celebration of my catalog in the best way that we could have put it together.”
Last year’s halftime show was the first time that hip-hop artists were the headliners. That show featured Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar, with special appearances by 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak.
Before the game, country singer Chris Stapleton sang the national anthem. R&B singer Babyface performed “America the Beautiful,” and “Abbot Elementary” star Sheryl Lee Ralph sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which has been called the Black national anthem.
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