Amid the crowds of celebrities that showed off their "Camp"-inspired ensembles at Monday night’s fashion extravaganza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the famous pair were notably nowhere to be seen.
On Monday evening, Rihanna teased fans that her appearance at the star-studded event was imminent when she posted a photograph of US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at the gala on her Instagram page.
“Best dressed,” the singer captioned the photograph.
Over the weekend, Lively debuted her growing baby bump at her husband, Ryan Reynolds, Los Angeles premiere for his latest film, Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
The pair’s failed attendance at the gala this year has devastated several fashion fans on Twitter who were eager to see what were expected to be show-stopping ensembles.
“No Rihanna and no Blake Lively? What is the met gala this year??,” one user commented.
Another added: “Where are Rihanna and Blake Lively when you need them? #MetGala”
“WHERE ARE RIHANNA AND BLAKE LIVELY IM THIS CLOSE TO CALLING MY LAWYERS #MetGala [sic],” one upset fan tweeted.
Meanwhile, one disgruntled fan commented: “Rihanna and blake lively are the queens of the met gala and they didn’t come?? it’s cancelled [sic].”
— Maria (@mariaayann)May 7, 2019
— peony (@fuckitydarkside)May 7, 2019
— L (@lanawaelxx)May 7, 2019
Another fan was quick to point out Rihanna and Lively weren't the only Met Gala legends not in attendance at tonight's event, tweeting: "No Rihanna no Blake Lively no Sarah Jessica Parker no Beyoncé Met Gala 2019 might as well have not happened."
no Blake Lively
no Sarah Jessica Parker
Met Gala 2019 might as well have not happened— V (@vstowe)May 7, 2019
In recent years, Rihanna and Blake Lively have come to be internationally known for their creative gala gowns designed by the likes of Riri don Comme des Garçons, Ralph Lauren, and Versace.
However, while fans expected to see the sartorially-savvy pair at the event, this isn’t the first time Rihanna and Lively have been absent from the event’s red carpet.
In 2016, the singer skipped the 2016 event, which ran under the them "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” just one year after stunning on the red carpet in a yellow Guo Pei-designed dress that was subsequently turned into a "pizza meme" across the world.
Meanwhile, the Gossip Girl actor missed the gala in 2012 and 2015 due to rumoured work and family commitments.
On Friday, Rihanna announced her beauty line Fenty Beauty will finally be available on the British high street.
The Bajan singer tweeted about her beauty brand’s partnership with health and beauty retailer Boots, which will see products from the brand available to buy from the store from 10 May.