Rihanna Says Being a Mom Inspired Her to Perform at the Super Bowl

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Rihanna will headline the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show, thanks to “superpowers” she gets from being a mom

When Rihanna takes the stage at the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show, we can all take a moment to appreciate the ways that being a mom helped get her there. In a new interview, RiRi opened up about how motherhood helped inspire her to say yes to doing the show, and how she feels like being a mom empowers her to do things she’s never done before.

Speaking with Extra reporter Terri Seymour, Rihanna explained how motherhood made her “feel like you can take on or you could do anything.”

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“I feel like it was now or never, really,” Rihanna explained. “There’s this weird sh*t that happens when you become a mom — that you just unleash or unlock other parts of your superpower.”

She continued, “I wanted to take on the challenge and I wanted to do something that would force me to get back onstage.”

Rihanna became a mom last spring, when she and her partner, A$AP Rocky, welcomed a baby boy on May 13. While she’s kept details about her little one private, it sounds like motherhood has been a joy for RiRi.

“It is crazy. It is amazing. It’s wild. It’s weird. It’s all of those things, all at once,” she explained in her Extra interview. “The best feeling, the best. The most love I’ve ever known. I can’t describe it. It’s new. It’s fascinating. Every step, every facial expression, every new milestone. I love it.”

She also opened up about how much she’s changed since becoming a mom.

“I’m patient now,” she said. “I thought I was getting better at patience, but this will sit you down. You are forced to be patient as a mom, as a parent, just in general.”

In addition to being the upcoming Super Bowl headliner, Rihanna (who is also the youngest woman self-made billionaire in the U.S.) is gearing up to debut her Savage x Fenty Vol. 4 show, which will stream on Amazon Prime starting Nov. 9. The highly anticipated fashion show will feature some of the top models in the world, including Cara Delevigne and Precious Lee, as well as actors Taraji P. Henson and Sheryl Lee Ralph.


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