Rihanna's Father Surprised by Her Pregnancy Announcement At the Super Bowl

Fatima Araos
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Rihanna’s pregnancy was the best-kept secret of Super Bowl LVII – so well kept that even her father, Ronald Fenty, didn’t know about it.

He Only Found Out During The Halftime Show

Like about 118 million other people who watched the halftime show, he only found out when his daughter stepped onto the stage for her performance, her baby bump obvious underneath her red outfit.

She Got Him Tickets

Ronald told TMZ that RiRi got him tickets to the show but didn’t inform him that she and her partner, A$AP Rocky, were expecting baby number two.

'My Baby Girl Looks Pregnant!'

When he saw her bump, his reaction was just like everyone else’s. “Oh my god! My baby girl looks pregnant!” he told his partner.

'Over The Moon'

Rihanna performing at the Super Bowl
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He also shared that he was “over the moon” about becoming a grandfather again. But after four grandsons, he was hoping for a girl this time around.

Wishing For A Girl

Ronald had the same wish last year when news first broke that the Diamonds singer was pregnant with baby number one.

He Knew Rihanna Wanted More Kids

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Back then, he also told TMZ he wanted a granddaughter. But in case it was a boy (which it was), he said he’d probably get his wish some other time because Rihanna told him she planned to have more kids.

What About His Granddaddy Duties?

However, Ronald admitted he has not had the chance to spend time with RiRi and Rocky’s nine-month-old son.

The Reason

Rihanna getting out of a car
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That’s because he lives in Barbados and his superstar daughter always has a packed work schedule.

Rihanna's Halftime Show Performance

Rihanna at the Super Bowl halftime show
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The We Found Love hitmaker shocked the world on Sunday, February 12, when she headlined the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona while pregnant with her second child.

Her Bump Almost Stole The Spotlight

While she did not say anything about her pregnancy, her bump did all the talking. A rep for the star also confirmed the news after the show.

First Pregnant Super Bowl Headliner

Rihanna at the Super Bowl halftime show
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She now holds the distinction of being the first pregnant woman to headline the Super Bowl halftime show.

Her Last Performance Before The Super Bowl Happened In 2018

Closeup of Rihanna
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Her appearance at the NFL event was also extra special considering she has not performed on live television since 2018, when she sang Wild Thoughts at the Grammy Awards.

12-Song Setlist

The Fenty Beauty mogul prepared a 12-song setlist, including some of her biggest hits like B***h Better Have My Money, Umbrella, and Diamonds.

Suspended Above The Stadium

She gave an amazing performance on a moving platform suspended high above the stadium. Not bad for a pregnant woman!

Rocky Proudly Watched From The Sidelines

Meanwhile, Rocky was one proud boyfriend as he watched from the sidelines and filmed her on his phone.

Their First Baby

A$AP Rocky and a pregnant Rihanna
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Rihanna and Rocky welcomed their first baby last year. She made the revelation in January 2022 when she stepped out in New York City with her bump exposed. In May, she gave birth to a boy.

The Super Bowl Offer She Declined

Rihanna's Super Bowl poster
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Back in 2018, she was asked to perform at the Super Bowl but declined the offer to show solidarity for Colin Kaepernick.

Her Son Influenced Her Decision To Perform

Rihanna, A$AP Rocky and their son
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This time around, she was ready to say yes to the halftime show, partly because of her son.

'You Can Do Anything' When You're A Mom

During a press conference ahead of her performance, she said, “When you become a mom there’s something that just happens (and) you feel like you can take on the world, you can do anything.”