Rihanna Is Pregnant was a Twitter trend on the morning of September 13 after the singer told Essence Magazine that she was going to “give birth to a black woman.”
The singer made the comments on the red carpet at the 5th Annual Diamond Ball Benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street. The event was hosted by Rihanna’s day-time drinking buddy Seth Meyers and featured performances by DJ Khaled and Pharrell Williams.
Rihanna Said Black Women ‘Are Impeccable, We’re Special’
The quote in full, which was in answer to a question about black women, read, “I’m a black woman. I came from a black woman, who came from a black woman, who came from a black woman and I’m going to give birth to a black woman. My mother is an incredible example of how to fight through obstacles in life. I’m sure her mom taught her that and that’s how I’m going to be. We are impeccable, we’re special, we’re special and the world is going to have to deal with that.”
Those comments, innocuous as they may seem, let to a major Twitter trend: “RIHANNA IS PREGNANT.” Several Twitter users also posted photos Rihanna during her performance at the Diamond Ball saying that there was evidence of a baby bump:
Speaking separately to People Magazine on the red carpet, Rihanna declared her happiness saying, “I mean I’m really happy right now. The thing that’s making me the happiest tonight is seeing the amount of support, the magnitude of support is really special. I mean I could be out here and throw a ball by myself and I’d feel good, but the thing that’s making me feel this high of cloud 9 is seeing people who believe in my cause and think it’s something worth donating to, something worth investing in.”
In June 2019, Rihanna Said She Wanted Children ‘More Than Anything in Life’
Rihanna gave an interview to her “Ocean’s” co-star Sarah Paulson in June 2019 for Interview Magazine. Paulson asked Rihanna, “Do you want to be a mother?” To which the singer replied, “More than anything in life.”
While in March 2019, Hollywood Life reported that Rihanna had “baby fever.” The gossip site quoted an unnamed source saying, “Rihanna gets baby fever all the time but she is hesitant to start her family for a lot of reasons. She loves holding babies and playing with them and has always wanted to be a mom, but mostly bad timing and a busy schedule are standing in her way.”
Rihanna has also broached the subject of motherhood in an interview with Vogue from May 2018 where she said, “OK, so now that I’m 30, are there things I’m supposed to do? Should I be worried? Should I be freezing my eggs? What do you do at 30?!” When asked about what kind of mother she would be, Rihanna said, “I’m not gonna be able to take my eyes off my kid. I know that already about myself. They’re going to have to force me to hire a nanny.”
Rihanna Has Been Dating Saudi Arabian Businessman Hassan Jameel Since 2017
As for the supposed father of Rihanna’s supposed child, since 2017 she has been dating Saudi Arabian businessman Hassan Jameel.
While in 2018, one of Rihanna’s ex-flame, Drake, told LeBron James on an episode of “The Shop,” “As life takes shape and teaches you your own lessons, I end up in this situation where I don’t have the fairy tale, like, ‘Oh, Drake started a family with Rihanna and this is like so perfect.'”
Rihanna Has Suffered Through Pregnancy Rumors in 2013 & 2018
This isn’t the first time that Rihanna has been faced with pregnancy rumors. In 2018, a fake Instagram account created a post saying that the star was due to give birth on June 5, 2019, which sent the Barbudan singer’s fans into a frenzy.
In April 2013, the singer was faced with similar rumors after she was seen leaving a doctor’s office in Beverly Hills after which she canceled a concert in Houston citing an “unspecified illness,” according to E! At that time, Rihanna was still in a relationship with Chris Brown. The rumors persisted with the singer canceling four more concerts on that tour.
Rihanna addressed these pregnancy rumors in her May 2018 Vogue cover story saying, “You’ve just got to laugh at yourself, honestly. I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies. I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.”