Rihanna told Vogue magazine that she kneels with Kaepernick in reponse to why she turned down a lucrative offer to headline the Super Bowl Half Time show last year.
So proud to be on another cover of @voguemagazine wearing my own designs from @FentyOfficial !!! On stands October 16th!
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— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 9, 2019
“I couldn’t dare do that,” the pop superstar, 31, told Vogue. “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.”
According to the New York Post: Rumors swirled in 2018 that Rihanna rejected an invite from the NFL in the wake of the national anthem protest backlash that led to Kaepernick opting out of his contract.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source told Us Weekly last October. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Maroon 5 ended up performing the halftime show, which many fans trashed for being “mundane.”
Entertainment Weekly reported: “The 31-year-old Barbadian pop star revealed details of her upcoming release in a cover story for Vogue‘s November issue, claiming that her new music will fuse traditional reggae influences with fresh sonic inspiration.
“I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album,” Rihanna told the publication over a year after she previously announced the highly anticipated studio set — her first since 2016’s Anti — would incorporate the Jamaican genre. “It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks.”