Fans praise Rihanna for putting on impressive Super Bowl halftime show while pregnant
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Fans are heaping praise on Rihanna for pulling off an impressive Super Bowl halftime show while pregnant.
The singer chose the biggest stage possible to announce that she is expecting her second child, before rattling through a raft of her greatest hits during the much-anticipated performance.
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Rihanna took to the field at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, for her first performance in seven years, and the headlines were sealed within seconds.
The 34-year-old kicked off the show suspended high above the stadium dressed all in red, and with a knowing look to the camera, she opened her jacket and stroked her pronounced stomach, with many fans quickly speculating that this was a pregnancy announcement.
Sure enough, the news was later confirmed by her representative and social media was full of praise for the singer.
One person wrote: "I don't think @rihanna understands the level of excitement she brought to everyone that loves her and her music.
"She sang classics that made us go way back. Danced and sang while pregnant. Epic!"
Another said: "Rihanna just gave us one of the most visually stunning performances of all time, IN THE SKY WHILE PREGNANT"
A third added: "Rihanna giving this amazing beautiful performance while pregnant at the halftime show for the Super Bowl is just amazinggg."
Even Piers Morgan shared some kind words, tweeting: "Rihanna IS pregnant, her aides have confirmed. So she did that half-time show while carrying a baby which is pretty damn impressive. Congrats."
Ahead of her Super Bowl performance, Rihanna hinted that the performance would be a family affair, saying that it was 'important' for her son to watch it.
In a separate interview with Total Access NFL, she said she was 'thinking about bringing someone'.
Fans were treated to a selection of hits from her catalogue, including 'B**ch Better Have My Money', 'We Found Love' and 'Umbrella'.
Throughout the performance, the singer commanded the stage, strolling up and down amid an army of dancers dressed in white hoodies and sweat pants – at one point stopping to touch up her make-up.
Strobe lights and fireworks punctuated the show, and the singer donned a long red coat to finish with hits 'Umbrella' and 'Diamonds'.
Famous faces spotted among the crowd in the 63,000-seat stadium also included Jay-Z, Floyd Mayweather, Adele, and Sir Paul McCartney – who headlined the Super Bowl halftime show himself in 2005.