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Rihanna Says Her Super Bowl Bump Debut Wasn't Planned

The Diamonds singer played up her bump reveal on the world’s biggest stage after her jumpsuit wouldn't zip up over her growing belly. Learn more about how the expectant mom took the wardrobe malfunction in stride.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Updated December 21, 2023
Rihanna performs during Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona
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Pregnancy is filled with plenty of wardrobe malfunctions, but perhaps none more high stakes than a malfunction with the outfit you’ll wear during your Super bowl halftime debut.

In a recent talk with Access Hollywood, pop and R&B legend Rihanna revealed that her iconic Super Bowl bump reveal wasn’t planned. “Here’s the thing. I did what I had to do, right? My jumper couldn’t zip up,” she said with a laugh. “No one knew I was pregnant. I just told my stylist, ‘Make sure it’s stretchy.’”

“So the undergarment was stretchy and this was baggy, but you know, the zip. It just stopped right there! So it had to be what it had to be,” she told the outlet.

The superstar sure took her wardrobe problems in stride as she stepped out on the stage for her first show in seven years. The Umbrella singer descended into State Farm stadium aboard a floating platform on Super Bowl Sunday, dressed in a head-to-toe bright red jumpsuit layered over said close-fitting bodysuit and sculpted bandeau. As she effortlessly executed fan-favorite tracks from Where Have You Been to We Found Love, Rihanna played up her big reveal, rubbing her stomach and leaving the zipper of her outfit down to reveal her belly.

Within minutes of her entrance, the Fenty Beauty founder set the internet on fire as viewers leaned close to their screens, speculating if the queen of pop and R&B was indeed sporting a baby bump. Viewers didn’t have to wait long, though. Shortly after the show, a representative for Rihanna confirmed the happy news with the Hollywood Reporter.

Rihanna’s performance represented the first time a pregnant woman starred in the Super Bowl halftime show. The expectant mom didn’t just sing through each set but flawlessly executed snappy choreography and, at one point, belted out the lyrics of Diamonds on top of a platform suspended hundreds of feet in the air.

Shortly after the announcement, Rihanna revealed that being a mom is what pushed her to get back on stage. “I feel like it was now or never, really,” the new mom told Extra. “There’s this weird sh%t that happens when you become a mom, that you just unleash or unlock other parts of your superpower, you feel like you can take on the world, you could do anything.”

“I wanted to take on the challenge, and I wanted to do something that would force me to get back onstage. Because when you are a mom, it’s not important, really; everything else is at the bottom of the priority list, but I’m a performer, and I love it!”

Outside of motherhood giving her that extra oomph of confidence, Rihanna admitted that she’s learned some other things about herself since welcoming her baby boy. “I’m patient now… I thought I was getting better at patience, but this will sit you down. You are forced to be patient as a mom, as a parent, just in general.” She stressed, “Your tolerance level goes down, but your patience goes up, if that makes any sense.” Patience was certainly demonstrated on that 2023 Super Bowl Sunday!

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