The baby who broke the internet is finally here.
Fans couldn’t contain their excitement on the last day of January when Rihanna and A$AP Rocky announced they were expecting their first child together with photos that showed off the 34-year-old singer’s baby bump. About five months later, that baby is here.
Rihanna covers Vogue with fashionable baby bump, dishes on relationship with A$AP Rocky
Ahead of their baby’s arrival, Rihanna graced the cover of Vogue magazine’s May issue where she discussed Rocky getting out of the “friend zone,” the moment she and the rapper “became my family,” and how she learned that she was pregnant.
“People don’t get out of the friend zone very easily with me,” she said in the cover story published April 12. “And I certainly took a while to get over how much I know him and how much he knows me, because we also know how much trouble we can land each other in.”
Rihanna said the rapper “became my family” during the 2020 quarantine lockdowns. The two music artists left many of their luxuries behind to go on a road trip together from Los Angeles to New York.
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“I cooked our food on this little janky grill I bought from Walmart,” the Forbes billionaire said. “I love the simple things but also the grand adventures … I just feel like I can do any part of life by his side.”
The humble journey for the multihyphenate predated her debut on the Forbes Billionaires List. The outlet described Rihanna as the “richest female musician” after reaching billionaire status in 2021, with an estimated $1.7 billion net worth.
In her Vogue cover story, Rihanna revealed that the pair’s latest adventure into parenthood wasn’t something they had planned, but they also weren’t opposed to the idea.
“It was just there on the test. I didn’t waste any time. I called him inside and showed him. Then I was in the doctor’s office the next morning and our journey began.”
In January, the couple posed for photos walking hand-in-hand in New York City on a weekend when temperatures fell below freezing, but Rihanna wore a long pink coat unbuttoned to show off her growing stomach, adorned by long body chains that fell past her belly.
Rihanna confirmed the news of her pregnancy two days later, in case the chilly photo reveal wasn’t enough evidence. On Instagram, the singer posted the New York City-scape photos along with a new photo of herself looking down at her pregnant belly.
“How the gang pulled up to black history month,” she captioned the post.
The pregnancy announcement was just the beginning of the maternity fashion storm Rihanna later flooded fans with, as she attended many fashion shows and red carpets showing off her baby bump in epic style.
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Rihanna and Rocky, 33, have largely kept mum about their relationship, though rumors began surfacing as far back as 2013, when the rapper opened for Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour. She revealed she was dating Hassan Jameel in 2019, but later attended the 2021 Met Gala with Rocky.
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The rapper referred to her as “the one” in a GQ interview last summer, expressing how his life is “so much better” being in a relationship.
“So much better when you got the one,” he added. “She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones. I think when you know, you know. She’s the one.”
Rocky also said he would “absolutely” be open to having children “if that’s in my destiny.”
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He added: “I think I’d be an incredible, remarkably, overall amazing dad. I would have a very fly child. Very.”
Rihanna revealed in March 2020 that she wants to have three or four kids within the next 10 years: “I know I will want to live differently,” she told British Vogue of how she sees her future. “I’ll have kids – three or four of ’em.”
Last November, Rihanna was named Barbados’ 11th national hero by the nation’s Prime Minister Mia Mottley as the country celebrated becoming a republic for the first time in history.
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The “Umbrella” singer accepted the honor wearing an orange floor-length Bottega Veneta gown and wore her hair in several large braids.
“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation,” Prime Minister Mottley added using lyrics from the singer’s 2012 single “Diamonds.”
Contributing: Elise Brisco, Edward Segarra, Naledi Ushe