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Kyle O'Sullivan

Rihanna accused of 'worst ever lip synching' after fans spot awkward Super Bowl blunder

Rihanna has been accused of 'lip synching' at the Super Bowl - with some claiming it was the 'worst ever'.

The Umbrella singer put on an incredible halftime show during the break in the huge showdown between Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs at the State Farm Stadium in Arizona.

After going on hiatus from music in January 2016, it was the first time she had performed live solo in seven years - and her first time on stage since performing 'Wild Thoughts' with DJ Khaled at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Rihanna floated on a platform in the air and even revealed she is expecting her second child, so she can be forgiven for not doing it completely live.

Many artists have chosen to lip sync at the Super Bowl halftime show in the past to make sure they can put all their energy into a highly choreographed routine.

Rihanna got some backlash for appearing to lip synch (Getty Images)

However, some fans were not pleased that Rihanna appeared to be miming her lyrics.

"Amazing how Rihanna is able to keep singing even when she puts the mic aside and doesn’t move her lips at all," one person tweeted.

Another added: "You know I love you but that's the worst lips sinc ever. OMG"

"Lip syncing at the Superbowl should not be allowed," said a third.

But Rihanna did get a lot of support - with many people claiming it was one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows ever.

"Rihanna did her thing. She was stylish as f*** and played some of her best hits," wrote one fan.

Another agreed: "Notice how she DEVOURED that? WHILE being pregnant? Robyn Rihanna Fenty, you're one of a kind. A halftime show that will definitely be rihmembered!"

While a third said: "What a powerful statement for women around the world that you can have a career and family, you can have both if you want it so much"

Despite the performance being largely praised, it received scathing criticism from a bitter Donald Trump.

The former president of the United States couldn't bite his tongue and took to Truth Social to make his thoughts known.

He wrote: "EPIC FAIL: Rihanna gave, without question, the single worst Halftime Show in Super Bowl history — This after insulting far more than half of our Nation, which is already in serious DECLINE, with her foul and insulting language. Also, so much for her 'Stylist!''

His comments come just days after he publicly slammed the singer for having "no talent" ahead of her performance.

Rihanna didn't come up with a traditional special guest - as hers was the unexpected announcement that she is expecting her second baby.

Rihanna put on a great show (Getty Images for Roc Nation)

She was seen cradling a bump and fans began to speculate online as to whether she was pregnant - with the happy news later confirmed by her representatives.

No one actually noticed that Rihanna dropped some massive hints she is expecting her second baby last week.

While doing promos for the Super Bowl, Rihanna was asked whether there would be any surprises during her halftime show performance.

When the presenter claimed the singer didn't have to reveal all right there, she replied: "Right, because it wouldn't be a surprise.

When questioned as to whether there would be a surprise, she said: "I'm thinking about bringing someone. I'm not sure. We'll see."

Rihanna was cradling her baby bump while performing at the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show (Variety via Getty Images)

She even giggled and refused to confirm what she meant when the cameras weren't rolling.

Rihanna made her big comeback on one of the biggest stages of them all after going on hiatus.

The singer has been working on projects away from music, having launched her Fenty Beauty line in 2017, promoting diversity and inclusivity for women of all shades and sizes in beauty and fashion.

Then in 2018 she debuted her lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty, which she promoted during New York Fashion week in 2019.

Fenty Skin, her skin care brand, was launched in 2020, and the following year Forbes announced she was the world's richest female musician with a $1.7 billion fortune.

Rihanna had a lot of fun (AFP via Getty Images)

She began her highly anticipated return to music in October 2022 when she released her first new song since 2016, Life Me Up.

The song appeared in the Marvel movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman - and earned Rihanna her first Golden Globe nomination and Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song

Rihanna is now in a relationship with rapper ASAP Rocky and gave birth to their first child, a son, in May last year.

She is absolutely loving the "crazy, amazing, wild and weird" experience of motherhood.

The Diamonds singer said becoming a parent inspired her to sign up to perform at the Super Bowl as she needed a "challenge" to push her to get back on stage.

Rihanna poses onstage during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show Press Conference (Getty Images for Roc Nation)

Speaking in the press conference this week, the singer said: "It feels like it could have only been now. When I first got the call to do it again this year, I was like, 'You sure? I'm three months postpartum, should I be making major decisions like this right now? Like, I might regret this.''

She went on to add: "But when you become a mum, there's something that just happens where you feel like you can take on the world, you can do anything. And the Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages in the world.

"So as scary as that was, because I haven't been on stage in seven years, there's something exhilarating about the challenge of it all. And it's important for me to do this this year.

"It's important for representation and it's important for my son to see that."

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