By John Ikani
Rihanna is pregnant, with the singer revealing she and A$AP Rocky are expecting their first child.
The Fenty Beauty mogul, 33, and Rocky, 33, shared the news during an outing in New York City on Friday, during which Rihanna was photographed in a long pink puffer jacket that was unbuttoned to show off her growing stomach.
Her rapper beau, also 33, could be seen protectively placing his hands over hers at some points, as they stopped to share a kiss.
yes hi happy monday etc etc anyway RIHANNA IS PREGNANT!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/C984qp5N49
— Qᴜɪɴɴ (@QuinnKeaney) January 31, 2022
This will be the first child for both Rihanna and A$AP – real name Rakim Athelaston Mayers – with the pair first linked at the beginning of 2020.
They have known each other for years and worked together on a remix of her track, Cockiness, together, before growing closer over the last few years – keeping their relationship mainly behind closed doors ever since.
Fans previously speculated that Rihanna was expecting her first child last November – but she was having none of it and quashed those rumours in pure Rihanna style.
Last November, a tweet from Portuguese outlet Rap Mais went viral after claiming that Rihanna was expecting. The Twitter post, translated to English, said, “Rihanna is pregnant with her first child with A$AP Rocky,” said the website.
The news came shortly after the Bajan singer was named the 11th National Hero of Barbados by Prime Minister Mia Mottley. The country was also celebrating becoming a republic for the first time in its history.
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Speculation that Rih Rih may be with child first popped up on Sept. 10, when Dazed magazine revealed photos from their new cover shoot with the billionaire singer from their new 30th anniversary issue.
A couple of the photos from the spread appear to show the 33-year-old pop star with a small baby bump, lending to speculation that she is pregnant. “Looks like a pregnancy announcement,” one person commented.
“I see a baby bump,” another person added. Rihanna and Rocky were mum following the cover shoot reveal, but now it looks like the speculation was real.
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Speaking to Extra in 2019, Rihanna lifted the lid on how she was preparing to become a mum for the first time, stating that it is her ‘dream’ to start a family.
‘A lot of women get very defensive,’ she said of the discussion on motherhood. ‘It’s personal, it’s our bodies, and of course it’s our time. It’s not necessarily everyone’s dream to be a mum… but it’s mine, so I’m fine.
‘I’m definitely feeling a shift. I’m growing up.
‘There’s things that I’m paying attention to that I’ve never paid attention to. Like supplements. And working out. And hearing about my bones.’
A$AP echoed her sentiments in his chat with GQ, adding: ‘If that’s in my destiny, absolutely. I think I’d be an incredible, remarkably, overall amazing dad. I would have a very fly child. Very.’