The rumors are true, after all: Rihanna is pregnant. The pop star, who has been the subject of speculation since last year, finally confirmed her pregnancy when she stepped out in New York City with her boyfriend, rapper A$AP Rocky, and her baby bump on display.
In the photos released by People Magazine, Rihanna is seen wearing a long pink jacket, with only the top button fastened so as to show her growing tummy, which was adorned with a bejeweled cross.
One snap shows the singer holding hands with her boyfriend while taking a snowy stroll around Harlem, where the rapper was born. Another sees the couple sharing a romantic moment, with A$AP giving Rihanna a kiss on the forehead while his arms are wrapped around her.
Shortly after the announcement, dozens of celebrities took to social media to congratulate and express their happiness for the couple, including rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B and singer Camila Cabello.
Rihanna and A$AP, also 33, have been friends for a long time before they started dating and went public with their relationship in May 2021.
In a recent interview with GQ, A$AP referred to Rihanna as the "love of my life."
"So much better," he said of their relationship. "So much better when you got 'the one.' She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones. I think when you know, you know. She's the one."
The "L$D" rapper also talked about becoming a father, saying it is "in my destiny, absolutely."
"I think I'd be an incredible, remarkably overall amazing dad. I would have a very fly child. Very," he said.
As for Rihanna, the "Umbrella" singer told British Vogue in March 2020 that she wants to have kids—"three or four of 'em"—within 10 years, even if she had not found the right man yet.
"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," she said."But the only thing that matters is happiness, that's the only healthy relationship between a parent and a child. That's the only thing that can raise a child truly, is love."