Rihanna Was Initially Scared for Super Bowl Halftime Show Gig

Rihanna is getting ready to shine vibrant like a diamond on the Tremendous Bowl LVII halftime present, however she was initially cautious to simply accept the supply.

“It was so scary! It was type of surprising, my son was solely 3 months outdated [when I got the call]. I haven’t carried out in like 7 years,” the Fenty mogul, 34, confessed throughout a Sunday, February 12, look on the “Course of with Nate Burleson” podcast. “2016 was my final tour [and] that to me was the final time I keep in mind being on the market on the stage. I miss it. To come back again from zero to the Tremendous Bowl is type of nuts!”

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She continued: “A problem will get me excited and that was the actual push for me. I simply wish to placed on an ideal present, and I wish to take pleasure in it. I don’t need the strain to succumb me.”

Rihanna — who gave beginning to her first youngster with boyfriend ASAP Rocky in Might 2022 — introduced the next September that she would headline the massive recreation’s halftime present.

“While you grow to be a mother, there’s one thing that simply occurs the place you are feeling like you possibly can tackle the world and do something. The Tremendous Bowl is likely one of the greatest levels on the planet,” the “Diamonds” singer mentioned throughout a press convention earlier this week. “As scary as that was … there’s one thing exhilarating concerning the problem of all of it.”

She added on the time: “It’s necessary for me to do that, this yr. It’s necessary for illustration, it’s necessary for my son to see that.”

Rihanna was beforehand within the operating to headline the halftime present in 2017 however turned it down in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

“The NFL and CBS actually wished Rihanna to be subsequent yr’s performer in Atlanta,” a supply solely informed Us Weekly in October 2018. “They provided it to her, however she mentioned no due to the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

Kaepernick, 35, made headlines in 2016 when he kneeled in a peaceable protest towards racial inequality and police brutality through the nationwide anthem at his NFL video games. The previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback was since benched from future video games, which he blamed on the soccer league and his group’s house owners for deliberately holding him off the sphere as a punishment.

Since saying “sure” to the NFL’s supply this yr, Rihanna has been tight-lipped about her live performance plans.

“I’m excited about bringing somebody [as a guest performer]! We’ll see,” the Ocean’s 8 star teased to host Nate Burleson on Sunday, earlier than noting that she was significantly impressed by the 2013 present. “I watched Beyoncé’s halftime performances a few occasions. She is a beast and a complete different stage. Simply to be impressed, actually.”

Rihanna Was Scared to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime Show: 'I Don’t Want the Pressure to Succumb Me'


Rihanna’s make-up artist, Priscilla Ono, can be planning to make the Barbados native’s present one to recollect.

“It’s a brilliant iconic second. As I thought of her glam, I knew I wished to create one thing that’s timeless, one thing we’ll all look again at and be like, ‘Wow, that make-up would look good in any period, in any yr,’” Ono, Fenty Magnificence’s international make-up artist, solely informed Us earlier this month. “I don’t need something too fashionable, in order that’s actually what I’ve in my thoughts concerning the look I’m going to do.”

She added: “It takes weeks … not less than like two to a few weeks to arrange. I’m round for all the inventive processes as a result of it will get my wheels turning, and it helps me to begin excited about the look. I’m watching the rehearsals. I’m trying on the lighting. I’m peaking on the wardrobe.”

Tremendous Bowl LVII airs on FOX on Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET.