Rihanna’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime show is said to be the focus of a new documentary, according to reports.
Rihanna was announced to be performing at the sporting event in September, ending a years-long hiatus that has seen her offstage and out of the studio since 2016 album ANTI. The legendary singer will take to the stage at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium when the NFL match takes place in February of next year.
The accompanying documentary is reportedly being produced for AppleTV+, covering her preparations for the coveted performance alongside a closer look at her life as a new mother following the birth of her first son in May. According to The Sun, sources have revealed the popstar has been “paid millions” for the documentary deal.
“There is a massive appetite for everything to do with Rihanna, especially as this will be her major return to the stage for the first time in years. She will be recorded during rehearsals and meetings in the lead-up to the big night and give an insight into what her life is really like now she is returning to pop as a mum,” the source revealed.
It comes after Rihanna’s recent admission that she’s both “nervous and excited” for the performance, having stated her intention to “rise to the challenge.” It was elsewhere reported that Taylor Swift was initially offered the halftime performance slot, but ultimately turned it down. Kanye West has hinted that he will be involved in Rihanna’s Super Bowl set.
.@rihanna says she’s "nervous, but excited" about headlining the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show. 🏈
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The news adds to what has been somewhat of a career comeback for Rihanna, who released her first solo music in almost seven years last month. Taking the reins from previous Marvel contributors Kendrick Lamar and SZA, Rihanna’s October single Lift Me Up features on the soundtrack of the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which premiered earlier this month.