Watch: Rihanna's pregnancy confirmed after she shows off bump during Super Bowl performance
The Umbrella singer, 34, kicked off her live show suspended high above the stadium, dressed in a bold red ensemble jumpsuit while an army of dancers dressed in white gathered beneath her.
But just as she was about to start singing, she pulled open her outfit and rubbed her hand over her growing bump, seemingly announcing her pregnancy, only nine months after the birth of her son on May 13, 2022.
Of course, the unveiling of Rihanna’s surprise bump sent social media into a frenzy.
"The best pregnancy announcement ever," one fan wrote.
"Rihanna doing the halftime show like 9 months postpartum AND pregnant women are amazing," another praised.
"First performance in 7 years, pregnancy announcement, Fenty promo, all in one [sic]. rihanna is the QUEEN," another fan enthused.
While some also speculated over whether it really was a baby bump they were viewing on screen, within an hour of Rihanna's performance drawing to a close, her representatives officially confirmed the singer's happy news.
While social media users also attempted to guess exactly how far along Rihanna is in her pregnancy, this has not been officially confirmed.
It means her children could be born anything from around a year to 18 months apart depending which trimester she is currently in.
In an interview last week, the Bajan singer was asked if there would be any surprises during her performance at Arizona's State Farm Stadium.
"I'm thinking about bringing someone," she replied. "I'm not sure, we'll see."
While fans assumed she was talking about one of the many artists she's previously collaborated with, she may have been in fact hinting that her unborn child would also be present.
Speaking ahead of the show she said that while she’d thought twice about performing at the Super Bowl, ultimately motherhood inspired her to take on the challenge.
Recalling the moment she was asked to perform in the coveted showbiz slot she said: "I was like: 'You sure? I'm three months postpartum. Should I be making major decisions like this right now? I might regret this.’"
"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," Rihanna explained.
"And the Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages in the world, so as scary as that was because I haven't been on stage in seven years, there's something exhilarating about the challenge of it all."
Of course, Rihanna’s pregnancy announcement for her first child was also pretty epic.
The singer surprised the world after debuting her blooming baby bump on a walkabout in New York City with her partner.
She bared her growing stomach beneath an electric pink Chanel puffer jacket and a Christian Lacroix necklace, in a very Rihanna way to let the world know she was expecting a baby.
Of course, the public always loves a big pregnancy announcement, with many celebrities opting to reveal their special news in memorable or heartwarming ways.
From having an older sibling pose with a blurry scan picture of their future brother or sister, to posting a pic of baby shoes, here we round up the best celebrity pregnancy reveals in recent years.
Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash
Just before Christmas, the Sort Your Life Out presenter revealed she was expecting her fifth child after a “surprise” pregnancy.
The 33-year-old singer broke the news that she and husband Joe Swash were soon to welcome another addition on Instagram on Wednesday 28 December.
To share the update with her followers, Solomon uploaded a video showing the moment she surprised Swash with the news of her pregnancy.
In the clip, the TV presenter called for her husband to enter the bathroom, before holding out the positive pregnancy test. “What are you holding?” Swash asked, before excitedly exclaiming: “You’re joking!” once he realised what the object was.
The sweet video then sees the couple embracing, with Swash telling Solomon: “This is the best news, Bubba.”
“So grateful and cannot believe I’m saying this… Another little pickle is on the way… A HUGE surprise, but one that we are so thankful for. To the moon and back bub,” Solomon wrote in the caption.
Over the weekend, the star revealed that she has now welcomed her latest addition, a baby girl.
Hilary Swank and Philip Schneider
Hilary Swank recently shared that she and her husband Philip Schneider will soon be parents to twins.
The Million Dollar Baby star, 48, announced the happy news during an appearance on Good Morning America last year.
“I’m so happy to share it with you, and with America right now, this is something that I’ve been wanting for a long time, and my next thing is I’m going to be a mom,” Swank said.
“I’m going to be a mom – and not just of one, but of two. I can’t believe it.”
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
While typically members of the Royal Family announce their pregnancy via an official statement released by the Palace, Princess Eugenie but took things into her own hands when it came to sharing her exciting news.
On her own Instagram page, Eugenie shared two photos and added: "Jack and I are so excited for early 2021..."
The royal opted for a similar low-key announcement to reveal that she is now pregnant with her second child.
The couple shared the news via Instagram, posting a photo of their one-year-old son August hugging his mum’s bump while outdoors in the countryside.
The photo was taken by Princess Eugenie's husband, and the caption revealed that the baby is due in summer 2023.
Earlier this year, Jessie J announced the happy news to fans that she was pregnant after previously suffering a heartbreaking miscarriage.
The Do It Like A Dude singer, real name Jessica Cornish, confirmed the news on Instagram with a sweet post showing off her baby bump.
In a collection of videos and photos collected into a reel, Jessie J, 34, shared the moment her pregnancy test went positive, through to the first scans and the first look at her bump.
She has recently confirmed she is expecting a boy after showing off her growing bump on the Brits red carpet.
Carey Mulligan opted to keep her third pregnancy reveal subtle yet chic, opting to reveal her bump in an elegant black cape dress at an awards luncheon.
The actor's representatives have since confirmed to People that Mulligan is indeed pregnant with her and husband Marcus Mumford's third child.
The couple have been married since 2012 and already share two children: Evelyn Grace, seven, and Wilfred, aged five.
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom
After initially sparking pregnancy rumours when she debuted the music video for her song, Never Worn White, in which she appeared cradling a bump, Katy Perry officially confirmed officially confirmed she was expecting her first with fiancé Orlando Bloom in an Instagram Live.
“There’s a lot that’s happening this summer. Not only will I be giving birth, literally, and figuratively… to something you guys have been waiting for,” she told fans.
“I’m excited, we’re excited, and happy. It’s probably the longest secret I’ve ever had to keep. I thought I would tell you guys in the best way through a piece of music.”
The singer, who became engaged to Pirates of the Caribbean star Bloom last year, also tweeted her relief that she no longer has to hide her pregnancy.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 5, 2020
omg so glad I don’t have to suck it in anymore 🙄
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 5, 2020
or carry around a big purse lol
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 5, 2020
Beyoncé and Jay Z
It was the pregnancy announcement to rival all others, when in February 2017, Beyoncé posted a mother-nature-style shot of her cradling her blossoming bump and announcing she was pregnant with twins.
“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters,” she captioned the iconic image.
In June 2017, Beyoncé and Jay Z welcomed twins Sir and Rumi, little siblings for Blue Ivy.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Blake let her bump do the announcing for her when she rocked up to the premiere of Detective Pickachu in a stunning yellow dress, which clung to her bump and all but confirmed she and husband, Ryan Reynolds were expecting their third child.
The Gossip Girl star has since repeated her non-verbal pregnancy announcement to reveal she is expecting her fourth little one.
The Shallows actor arrived at the 10th Annual Forbes Power Women's Summit – where she was interviewed by Moira Forbes – in a gorgeous, sequinned Valentino mini dress, and cream Valentino platform heels. But it wasn't the dress' embellishments that wowed the onlooking crowds (and the paparazzi), so much as what she was proudly showing off beneath the dress's layers.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
The queen of keeping it real, Chrissy Teigen let her daughter Luna announce her second pregnancy.
In a sweet video clip Chrissy asks her daughter what is in her tummy before Luna cutely responds: “Baby.”
Chrissy, of course, made a quip in the accompanying caption simply writing: “it's john's!”
Teigen and John Legend have three children: Luna, six, Miles, four and Esti, who was born in January nearly two years after she suffered pregnancy loss.
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Last year, Aussie singer Natalie Imbruglia shared the happy news that she was pregnant with her first child at 44, while also opening about her journey to conception.
The Torn hitmaker took to her Instagram to say she had been “blessed” with a pregnancy after help from a sperm donor and successful IVF treatment.
“I’m expecting my first child this Autumn. For those of you that know me, this has been something I have wanted for a very long time and I’m blessed that this is possible with the help of IVF and a sperm donor,” Natalie wrote in an Instagram post.
The announcement formed part of a wave of celebrities opening up about their conception journeys, which helps provide valuable support for others going through their own fertility battles.
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Tom and Giovanna Fletcher
Tom and Giovanna Fletcher certainly give good baby announcement, but the reveal for their third pregnancy was possibly the cutest.
Enlisting the help of their eldest two children Buzz and Buddy, the couple shared the happy news with a super-sweet snow-based video on Instagram.
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The beauty entrepreneur kept fans in an ‘is she/isn’t she?’ buzz for months before dropping a bombshell video in February 2018 titled “To Our Daughter.”
The video featured Kylie's pregnancy journey, her relationship with Travis Scott, the labour and the first glimpse of her baby girl, Stormi.
She later shared a message to her fans, apologising to fans for “keeping [them] in the dark through all the assumptions.”
Of course, Amy Schumer would opt for humour to announce the pregnancy of her first child. The actor and comedian, used Instagram to post picture of her and husband Chris Fischer’s heads photoshopped onto the bodies of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in one of the first images of the couple since their own pregnancy reveal.
In December 2017, after spending months on bump watch, Khloé Kardashian put fans out of their misery by announcing she and Tristan Thompson were expecting a child together.
“My greatest dream realized! We are having a baby! I had been waiting and wondering but God had a plan all along. He knew what He was doing. I simply had to trust in Him and be patient. I still at times can't believe that our love created life!” the reality TV star captioned a super-cute baby bump photo.
In April 2018, Khloé went on to give birth to daughter True and in true Kardashion style, the dramatic birth was captured on ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’.
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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
Singer Justin Timberlake took the lead for the pregnancy reveal for him and wife Jessica Biel, when he shared this adorable photo of him kissing his wife’s growing bump.
The couple became a family of three in April 2015 after welcoming son, Silas.
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Jessica Alba and Cash Warren
Jessica broke the exciting news that she and husband Cash Warren were expecting their third baby using two Bs – Boomerang and Balloons.
The actress also enlisted the little help of big sisters, Honor and Haven, for their big reveal.
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Russell Brand and Laura Gallacher
Russell Brand had a novel way of announcing that he was going to be a first-time dad, with partner Laura Gallacher, by sharing a funny picture of him doing his parenting homework and swatting up on The Expectant Dad's Handbook.
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Kate Hudson and her husband, Danny Fujikawa, let the world know that they were expecting their first child together, a baby girl, via the sharing of a gender reveal on Instagram.
“SURPRISE!!! If you’ve wondered why I’ve been so absent on my social channels it’s because I have never been more sick! It was the most sick first trimester of all my children. Boomerangs have made me nauseous,” the star wrote.
She went on to add: “We have been trying to keep this pregnancy under the radar for as long as possible but I’m a poppin now! And it’s too darn challenging to hide, and frankly hiding is more exhausting then just coming out with it! My kids, Danny, myself and the entire family are crazy excited! A little girl on the way.”