In addition to her best-selling beauty brand and lucrative lingerie line, Rihanna became the first Black woman to head a fashion house under LVMH in 2019, and the singer doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.
But as fans eagerly await the release of R9, rumors suggest Rihanna’s focus is elsewhere.
Many fans believe the 33-year-old may be hiding a baby bump, and have speculated as much since her September 2021 cover shoot with Dazed. While we definitely don't see a baby bump, this is not the first time Rihanna has been rumored to be expecting a child.
So, is RiRi pregnant? Here's everything you need to know about the pregnancy theories involving Rihanna and her current boyfriend, A$AP Rocky.
Rihanna has denied that she is currently pregnant with A$AP Rocky's child.
When will the world stay out of Rihanna's uterus? We may never know. However, Rihanna has made it a point to set the record straight about her possibly being pregnant, thanks to a screenshot of an alleged DM exchange with a fan named Jen in December 2021.
“Can I come to the baby shower sis!? True or not your babies are going to be beautiful. Sorry everyone’s up in your uterus right now," Jen wrote.
“Haaaaa! Stop! You ain’t come to the first 10 baby showers! Y’all breed me every year damn it, lol,” Rihanna allegedly responded.
Jen captioned the screenshot, "Her uterus said, 'Stay out of my damn business.' I spit my water out when she said 'the first 10 baby showers.' Regardless, I’m happy for her either way. She’s living life to the fullest!"
Many fans became convinced Rihanna is expecting a baby with A$AP Rocky after her appearance at the Barbados inauguration.
Social media has been running wild with rumors that Rihanna is pregnant with boyfriend A$AP Rocky. Rihanna’s friendship with A$AP dates back to 2013 when he was featured on her Diamond Tour and she appeared as the love interest in the visual for “Fashion Killa.”
In 2016, the rapper was romantically linked to Kendall Jenner, but the couple ended their relationship the following year, around the time when Rihanna began dating Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel.
Rihanna and A$AP remained close over the years, sparking rumors of a relationship that were confirmed by a source in November 2020, months after her breakup with the billionaire.
Since then, the two have frequently been spotted together, and in a 2021 interview with GQ, A$AP referred to the "Umbrella" singer as the “love of [his] life.”
A$AP also hinted that he’s open to starting a family one day.
“If that’s in my destiny, absolutely,” he shared. "Nah, but like, I think I’d be an incredible, remarkably, overall amazing dad. I would have a very fly child. Very."
These most recent pregnancy rumors come from the Twitter account @BenjaminEnfield, which tweeted in November 2021, "Rihanna is pregnant with her first child with A$AP Rocky."
Since then, the tweet has received thousands of retweets and likes.
Many fans claimed that Rihanna looked like she was sporting a small baby bump while attending the first-ever Barbados presidential inauguration in November 2021. However, this is far from the first time we've heard rumors that the singer is pregnant.
Pregnancy rumors about Rihanna have spread before.
Speculation that Rihanna and A$AP are expecting a bundle of joy was only heightened after Media Take Out reported in September 2021 that not one, but two sources close to the couple have allegedly confirmed her pregnancy.
“Rihanna keeps her private life private, so [I] don't expect her to announce the pregnancy, or show off baby pictures," one source told MTO. "She'll just disappear for a while, then show up with a baby."
It also didn't help that Rihanna attended the 2021 Met Gala in September wearing an oversized black Balenciaga coat that swallowed her up. A$AP also covered up in a multi-color coat reminiscent of a homemade quilt.
Rihanna said she plans to have kids in the next 10 years.
While Rihanna may or may not be currently pregnant, it is no secret that she has plans to become a mom sooner rather than later.
"I’ll have kids — three or four of ’em," she told British Vogue in 2020 of her 10-year plan, before adding that children would happen with or without a man. "I feel like society makes me want to feel like, ‘Oh, you got it wrong…’ They diminish you as a mother if there’s not a dad in your kids’ lives."
"The only thing that matters is happiness, that’s the only healthy relationship between a parent and a child," she continued. "That’s the only thing that can raise a child truly, is love."
That said, it's best for fans to not feed into the hype of Rihanna pregnancy rumors. Once the hitmaker is ready to start her family, she'll likely announce the news in her own time.