Rihanna revealed her second pregnancy during her highly anticipated headline slot at the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday night.
Her first performance in seven years, she kicked off the show suspended high above the stadium and dressed in all red.
Looking directly to the camera, she then opened her jacket and stroked her stomach, with fans speculating the move to be a pregnancy announcement.
The news was later confirmed by her representative.
The Barbadian singer welcomed her first child – a boy – with partner Asap Rocky in May.
Rihanna previously hinted that the performance would be a family affair, saying that it was “important” for her son to watch it.
In a separate interview with Total Access NFL, she said she was “thinking about bringing someone”.
Fans were treated to a selection of hits from her catalogue, including B**** Better Have My Money, We Found Love and Umbrella, as well as two tracks she recorded with controversial rapper Kanye West – played back to back.
Other hit songs included on Sunday were Only Girl in the World, Rude Boy, Work, Wild Thoughts.
Famous faces spotted among the crowds in the 63,000-seat stadium included Jay-Z, Floyd Mayweather, Adele, and Sir Paul McCartney – who headlined the Super Bowl halftime show himself in 2005.
Rihanna previously said that the “biggest challenge” for the 13-minute show had been curating the setlist – creating around 40 versions.
Speaking ahead of the show, Rihanna said there was “something exhilarating” about the challenge of the performance, and that following the birth of her son she felt like she could “take on the world”.
“When you become a mom, there’s something that just happens where you feel like you could take on the world,” she said at the Apple Music pre-game press conference.
“You can do anything, and the Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages in the world.
“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 and it’s important for my son to see that.”
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