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How Rihanna pulled off THAT pregnancy reveal: Singer wore baggy clothing during rehearsals, hid her final outfit and even kept it secret from her back-up dancers
2023/07/20

shocked fans when she revealed she was pregnant with her second child during her performance on Sunday - with the star going to great lengths to conceal her pregnancy in the run-up to the show.

The singer, 34, who gave birth to her first child just nine months ago, sent  as she took to the stage and rubbed her tummy in front of a global audience of millions. 

 reports that no-one, not even the star's 280 dancers, had any idea she was pregnant, with the star hiding her bump under baggy clothing during rehearsals,

The Umbrella hitmaker also wore loose-fitting outfits during final rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday, keeping her final costume under wraps until the show began.

Although the star kept her pregnancy news a secret until her reveal on stage, she did drop some hints before the show, 

Big reveal: Rihanna shocked fans when she revealed she was pregnant with her second child during her Super Bowl performance on Sunday - with the star going to great lengths to conceal her pregnancy in the run-up to the show

Speaking to CBS Sports about whether she would have any special guests performing with her, the singer said she was: 'thinking about bringing someone' - but added: 

'I'm not sure, we'll see.' 

In a chat with Apple Music, she said; 'When you become a mom there's something that just happens where you feel like you could take on the world. You can do anything.' 

'The Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages in the world, so as scary as [it is] 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. It's important for my son to see that.'

She shares her first child, who was born on May 13, 2022, with the rapper A$AP Rocky, who kept a low profile at the event.

The two have kept their growing family under the radar, and so far neither musician has shared the name of their child. 

A representative for star confirmed the baby news shortly after the performance finished.

It marks the first time she has performed on live television since 2018, where she joined DJ Khaled on stage to sing Wild Thoughts at the Grammy Awards. 

Rihanna started off the show suspended on a platform high above the field as she belted out her single B**** Better Have My Money. She was dressed in a baggy scarlet jumpsuit that covered up her curves and was strapped loosely on her. 

Under wraps: The star fulfilled multiple promotional engagements in the run-up to the performance, but cleverly hid her bump (pictured February 9)

Surprise for them: TMZ reports that no-one, not even the star's 280 dancers, had any idea she was pregnant, with the star hiding her bump under baggy clothing during rehearsals

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Strategic: The Umbrella hitmaker also wore loose-fitting outfits during final rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday, keeping her final costume under wraps until the show began (pictured February 9)

The hitmaker paired the suit with a set of chunky red trainers. The platform she was suspended on then descended toward the field, where she joined a bevy of dancers in white on stage.

 

She kept her dancing moves to a minimum while letting the backup dancers pick up the slack.

Rihanna stuck to the hits and didn't reveal any new songs during her performance, which featured 12 songs. She had the crowd going wild as she transitioned into Where Have You Been, followed by the hit Only Girl (In The World).

We Found Love, Rude Boy and her hit Work followed, though her collaborator Drake wasn't featured on the later song. She continued with Wild Thoughts and Pour It Up.

The hitmaker made some controversial song choices, including an excerpt of her verse from the rapper Kanye West's All Of The Lights, and she also performed part of Jay-Z's Run This Town, which also featured West in its original version.

West was disgraced after making numerous anti-Semitic comments, including reportedly praising Adolf Hitler.

Rihanna concluded her performance with the one-two punch of Umbrella and then Diamonds as the closer. 

She eschewed some of the pyrotechnics of recent Super Bowl halftime performances and seemingly bet that her fans would be happy to see her without the added theatrics. 

The superstar, who was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has not released a solo album since January 2016. Her only solo music in the last seven years came in October, when she released Lift Me Up in tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman for the Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which earned the singer a nomination for an Academy Award.

Halftime show: It is thought that around 200 million will have watched the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs at State Farm Stadium in Arizona

Not her first time: The star cleverly concealed her bump at the Golden Globes last month

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