Rihanna may have been the last to arrive at the Met Gala in September, but tonight, the pregnant singer opted not to attend the event at all. Her absence is understandable, as she is in the third trimester of her pregnancy. After 36 weeks, those pregnant are usually not encouraged to travel by plane. Her boyfriend A$AP Rocky didn’t attend either.
Rihanna was last seen in Los Angeles with her boyfriend following his surprise arrest after their Barbados vacation. Neither Rihanna nor Rocky commented on the incident. (Rocky was arrested in connection to a November 2021 shooting.) Rihanna has made being a maternity style trailblazer during her pregnancy a priority.
The singer told Refinery29 earlier this year about how she purposely wanted to redefine what expectant fashion looks like. “Right now I’m really into pushing the idea of sexy,” she said. “When women get pregnant, society tends to make it feel like you hide, hide your sexy, and that you’re not sexy right now [but] you’ll get back there and I don’t believe in that shit. So I’m trying stuff that I might not have even had the confidence to try before I was pregnant. The strappiest, the thinnest, and the more cut-outs the better for me.”
She stressed the sentiment to Vogue last month. “When I found out I was pregnant, I thought to myself, There’s no way I’m going to go shopping in no maternity aisle. I’m sorry—it’s too much fun to get dressed up,” she recalled. “I’m not going to let that part disappear because my body is changing.”
“I’m hoping that we were able to redefine what’s considered ‘decent’ for pregnant women,” she continued. “My body is doing incredible things right now, and I’m not going to be ashamed of that. This time should feel celebratory. Because why should you be hiding your pregnancy?”