Rihanna Reveals She Is Pregnant at Superbowl Half-time Show

Rihanna revealed to fans that she is pregnant with her second baby in an unexpected way. The Grammy award-winning singer performed at the 2023 Superbowl half-time show in Phoenix, where she danced on platforms dressed in a fiery red jumpsuit that accentuated a baby bump.

In the first few moments of her set, the singer rubbed her belly and performed with the zipper of her jumpsuit open. Because of the snugness of the red bodysuit she was wearing underneath, it was visible that she was expecting a child.

People were quick to take to the internet to speculate whether the singer was pregnant again. Shortly after Rihanna’s 13-minute set concluded, her representatives confirmed the news to the media.

Rihanna and her partner, rapper A$AP Rocky, had their first child, a son, in May 2022.

Onlookers saw the rapper filming Rihanna’s performance and dancing enthusiastically throughout the half-time show as he cheered her on from the sidelines.

This is not the first time the couple has shared such a momentous announcement with dramatic flair.

During Rihanna’s first pregnancy, the pair shared photographs of the singer’s growing baby bump to announce that she was pregnant.

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Photographer Miles Diggs took the series of photos as part of a pregnancy photo shoot for the couple. With the buttons of her long pink coat undone, Rihanna flaunted her expanding tummy, and lengthy body chains ornamented her outfit.

Before their first baby was born, Rihanna was interviewed by Vogue magazine, where she revealed how she and Rocky became more than friends after a lot of reluctance. The two had known each other for many years.

“People don’t get out of the friend zone very easily with me, and I certainly took a while to get over how much I know him and how much he knows me because we also know how much trouble we can land each other in.”

Their relationship became more serious when the pandemic took hold and quarantines were implemented. Rihanna said Rocky became her “family in that time.”

The two went on a road trip from Los Angeles to New York in the summer of 2020.

“I cooked our food on this little janky grill I bought from Walmart. I still have it, too. It works like nobody’s business. I love the simple things but also the grand adventures. There’s no pretentious my-brand-your-brand bullshit; it’s just us living. I just feel like I can do any part of life by his side.”

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She shared that her first pregnancy was not something the pair had planned, but they were both receptive to the idea of carrying it to term.

“It was just there on the test. I didn’t waste any time. I called him inside and showed him. Then I was in the doctor’s office the next morning, and our journey began.”

Rihanna told British Vogue in March 2020 that she wants to have three to four kids within the next 10 years.

After her son was born, she told Entertainment Tonight that he was a “happy baby” and that she had affectionately taken to freestyling songs to sing to him.

“Oh my god, the mornings, like, seeing his morning face! Seeing a baby with, like, little bags and waking up, and they’re just, like, startled. They’re trying to figure out where they’re at. It’s the cutest. It’s my favorite part of the day,”

Rihanna was elated but reluctant to take on new projects so soon after becoming a new mom. She told Entertainment Tonight, “If I’m going to leave my baby, I’m going to leave my baby for something special.”

Recognizing the gravity of performing at the Superbowl half-time show, she said, “It was now or never for me.”

“It was a challenge that I welcomed. It was a stage bigger than anything I’ve ever done.”

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NFL Debating Team Bubbles To Carry Out The Playoff Season 

Throughout the unpredictable 2020 NFL season the league has maintained an “all options on the table” mentality in terms of how they will continue out the rest of the season safely as the world continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Chief medical adviser Allen Sills recently spoke at a media conference, claiming that the league never seriously considered a bubble approach for the regular season, however, the playoffs are a different story, and after seeing how successful the NBA was at playing out the rest of their season in a bubble with no Covid-19 cases appearing, the option is looking more and more attractive. 

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The NFL is set to hold its Week 8 conference later this month where bubble concepts, and other options for how to carry out the playoff season, will be discussed more seriously. Despite a few outbreaks of Covid-19 in the beginning of the pandemic the NFL otherwise hasn’t needed to implement any aggressive measures in terms of game play due to the fact that they’ve been very diligent in securing team facilities and safe travel arrangements with strict protocols for all parties involved in the regular season. These protocols involve daily testing, contact tracing, and other standard practices we’ve seen working within the past eight months. 

The latest league-wide testing results showed that there were eight new positive tests among the 2,459 players, and 11 new positive cases among the 5,340 coaches and other staffers tested. These sort of spikes are why the bubble approach to the playoff season is being discussed more now as the road to the Superbowl gets closer and closer. 

The NBA, WNBA, NHL, and now MLB have all instituted the use of bubbles to carry out their seasons and all leagues have shown massively successful results with this approach, hence the NFL’s peaked curiosity. Saints coach Sean Payton was one of the first individuals working in the league to bring up a bubble approach months ago, and he has only further pushed for this as the pandemic has progressed. 

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“Teams are going to demand that they get bubbles of their own, and it won’t be a ‘soft’ quarantine. It’ll be a hard bubble. Man, nobody’s going to miss the Super Bowl because of COVID.”

Pre-pandemic it wasn’t unheard of for teams to isolate themselves at hotels before home games, so the idea of a playoff bubble would just be a more intensified extension of that plan. The main concern is moving from local bubbles in the beginning portion of the season to larger ones that will need to exist to accommodate for the playoffs. Sills recently discussed with the press why the bubble strategy hasn’t been considered more seriously in the past. 

“The bubble doesn’t take away the need for all of our other mitigation strategies. In fact, infection can spread more rapidly inside a bubble if it does get introduced, because everyone is together in very close quarters.”

Sills continued on that one of the only things the NFL has learned from other experiences this season is that non-player staff and personnel also need to have their own accommodations and bubbles to remove all elements of risk. The NFL Players Association will likely be voting on what the next steps for the season will be later this month. Experts are predicting that it will mainly come down to the “cost vs. risk” argument, however, time is running out for the NFL if they want any chance at finishing up their season on schedule.