See Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s Newborn Baby Family Photos
Our ears are filled with (very danceable) music: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Rocky recently shared a slew of family images, including Riot Rose, their newborn boy, and RZA, their 16-month-old older brother.
Riot is only six weeks old, having graced the world with his entrance on August 1st, at 7:41 a.m. Things are already looking up for Rihanna and Rocky this time around in terms of publicity: Riot’s name and birthdate were revealed to the public little over a month after his birth, and of his less-specific existence even earlier, but RZA was only a few days shy of his first birthday before we even knew what his name was. And don’t bother looking at his face:RZA didn’t make his public debut until he was seven months old, in a TikTok video of the baby giggling in his carseat that Rihanna jokingly captioned “hacked.
The two pregnancy announcements are also diametrically opposed: In January 2022, the couple revealed their pregnancy by releasing adorable images of Rih with a baby belly. It’s really low-key. Rocky and Rihanna’s second announcement, for the upcoming baby Riot, was a stadium-sized affair, with the singer flaunting her swelling tummy while performing a medley of her classics during the Super Bowl halftime show. Significantly less low-key.
The entire family is represented in the images, with solo shots of the cute baby being a cute baby and the cute toddler being a cute toddler, as well as staged and candid shots of the entire crew having fun and being photogenic.
In a February 2023 press conference ahead of the her Super Bowl performance, Rihanna discussed the emotional changes of motherhood, and why she was doing the show—which, in retrospect considering it was her pregnancy reveal for Riot, takes on a whole new meaning.
“When you become a mom, there’s something that just happens where you feel like you can take on the world and do anything,” she said. “The Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages in the world. 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.”
“It’s important for me to do this, this year. It’s important for representation, it’s important for my son to see that.”
Which son, the one in her belly, or the one outside at that point? Let’s just say both.