Rihanna, who’s not known for giving many interviews, graced Vogue magazine with her time. During the interview she admitted to being offered the opportunity to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2018, and eventually refused to do so in political solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
Rihanna bluntly explained to Vogue:
“I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”
Us Weekly first reported last October that “the NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta. They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback, refused to stand during the National Anthem in protest against rampant police brutality in 2016. He lost his position on his team the following season and has yet to be picked up by an NFL team, notwithstanding the fact that many observers feel Kaepernick continues to be qualified to play in the league.
During the question & answer session, Bad Girl RiRi touched on her romantic relationship with billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel. Rihanna did not refer to Jameel by name
“Yeah, I’m dating,” she explained to Vogue. “I’m actually in an exclusive relationship for quite some time, and it’s going really well, so I’m happy.” Jameel is a Saudi businessman and he and Rihanna have been dating for the past two years. Rihanna explained to Interview magazine earlier this year that “of course” she was in love with Jameel. When asked about marriage, RiRi responded, “Only god knows that, girl. We plan and God laughs, right?”
Read the entire Vogue article here. Rihanna graced the November cover for the periodical which you can see below.