Right on the heels of her stunning Super Bowl Halftime performance, Rihanna is getting candid about motherhood and answers the burning question: When will we hear “R9?” For British Vogue’s March issue, the Grammy winner covers the magazine alongside her boyfriend A$AP Rocky and their baby boy. She opened up about how life is as a new mom.
“Having a kid honestly unlocks another side of life where you’re now in the matrix with the people who’ve already had kids,” she said. “You come to have a different respect for moms and dads.”
She and A$AP’s welcomed their son in May 2022. She noted that it was a “beautiful” experience.
“I cannot believe it,” she said. “Essentially, from one person I became two. You walk into the hospital as a couple and leave as a family of three. It’s nuts. And oh, my gosh, those first days are insane. You don’t sleep. At all. Not even if you wanted to.”
She added, “You’re just going through the motions, and even then you’re so paranoid. Because you’re like: they trusted us to come home with this baby? This new life? With us?”
As the conversation turned toward music, she said she wants to release a new album this year.
“It’d be ridiculous if it’s not this year. But I just want to have fun. I just want to make music and make videos,” she said.
It’s been seven years since Rihanna released Anti which was nominated for six Grammy awards.
“[Anti] really is my most brilliant album. I say that because in the moment, I didn’t realize it. But it always felt like the most cohesive album I’ve ever made,” she said.
She added, “… But there’s this pressure that I put on myself. That if [then next album is] not better than that then it is not even worth it.”
Take a look at the cover below: