The Super Bowl halftime show had the crowd on its feet as pop and R&B superstar Rihanna wowed the audience with her first live performance in seven years.
Dressed in a voluminous red jumpsuit, the 34-year-old sang her biggest hits, including “Umbrella” and “Diamonds,” with none of the usual instant costume changes, scene shifts, or guest appearances. The theme and color scheme remained the same throughout the 13-minute show, with red lights bathing the long stage.
As she was raised back into the air to sing “Diamonds,” fireworks went off, and lights sparkled from the stand. The singer’s tight clothing suggested a baby bump, which sparked a wave of social media speculation.
After the show, Rihanna’s representative confirmed that the singer was indeed pregnant for the second time, after giving birth to her first child with rapper A$AP Rocky just nine months ago.
The Super Bowl halftime show is the music industry’s premiere showcase, featuring past performers like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Prince, Madonna, and the Rolling Stones.
The broadcast usually draws about 100 million viewers in the United States, with even more tuning in from around the world. DJ Snake and Jason Derulo, with backup dancers including synchronized robot dogs, performed before the kick-off in Arizona.
In the end, the Kansas City Chiefs went on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 and take home their third Super Bowl championship.
The Super Bowl halftime show was just one of the many highlights of the night, with Rihanna’s stunning performance leaving a lasting impression on the audience.