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Harry Rutter

Rihanna breaks her silence on iconic Super Bowl performance – and it's bad news for fans

Rihanna has broken her silence on her iconic performance at the Super Bowl – but it's bad news for fans as the Umbrella hitmaker has no "updates" on new music.

The Diamond singer, 34, delivered a show-stopping set on Sunday dressed in a red jumpsuit, confirming her second pregnancy nine months after the birth of her son in May 2022.

Speaking to Good Morning America in an interview that was recorded before her performance but aired on Monday, she spoke about calls for her long-awaited album to be released.

Her last studio album, Anti, was released in January 2016.

"They (the fans) are waiting. I am excited to actually put new music out but I don’t have any updates for you on that yet," Rihanna admitted.

Rihanna has broken her silence after the Super Bowl (Getty Images)

Asked by host Michael Strahan if she was able to remain relaxed about performing in front of such huge audiences, she replied: "I have not been able to do that.

"Still, to this day, the camera represents so many people, a huge audience. And the camera at a Super Bowl is one of the biggest audiences."

Rihanna returned to music last year with the single Lift Me Up, recorded for the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Referring to its director, she said: "Ryan Coogler, he reached out to me and he asked if I would be interested in doing a song for the film.

Her interview was bad news for some Rihanna fans (AFP via Getty Images)

"When I saw the film, I felt like, this is so powerful. The sense of motherhood and how much strength that embodies. I felt that when I watched the film and it hit me."

On Sunday, Rihanna kicked off her live performance suspended high above the stadium while an army of dancers dressed in white gathered beneath her.

Showing off a pronounced baby bump at the beginning of the performance, she rubbed her hand over her stomach while launching into a selection of hits from her catalogue, including Bitch Better Have My Money, We Found Love and Umbrella, as well as two tracks she recorded with controversial rapper Kanye West – played back to back.

She kicked off her live performance suspended high (Getty Images for Roc Nation)

West, who has come under fire over a series of antisemitic remarks, was featured on Run This Town, which was written by her former mentor Jay-Z.

Rihanna also sang on his track All Of The Lights, which is included on the 2011 album My Dark Twisted Fantasy.

The 13-minute set also included recognisable hit songs Only Girl (In The World), Rude Boy, Work and Wild Thoughts.

Strobe lights and fireworks punctuated the show, and the singer wore a long red coat to finish with hit Diamonds from her 2012 album Unapologetic.

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