Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, and their beautiful baby boy are gracing the March 2023 issue of British Vogue.
The cover arrives three days after the music superstar, Oscar nominee, and Fenty mogul’s Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show performance, where she revealed she and A$AP are expecting their second child together.
Inside the issue, Rihanna opens up about giving birth to her baby boy saying, “It was beautiful,” and that she felt “blessed” about that.
But, she still had to wrap her mind around becoming a mother.
I cannot believe it.
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.
But, it was when she and A$AP Rocky came home with their son that things got real.
And oh, my gosh, those first days are insane. You don’t sleep. At all. Not even if you wanted to. We came home, cold turkey, had no one. It was just us as parents and our baby. Man, you’re a zombie for the most part.
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?
No doctors, no nurses, we’re just… going home?
Rihanna shared with British Vogue how mornings with her son are her most favorite.
Those were always my favorite, his little wake-up face, seeing his face change, seeing his color come in, just all of these changes.
Rih Rih, who loves fashion, also opened up about the postpartum purgatory of not having anything that fits.
Dressing for pregnancy was such a piece of cake.
But dressing in postpartum, what the f**k do you do? The week that I came home from the hospital – that was nothing but sweats and hoodies.
But the weeks after that, you don’t know what to put on. Everything is too small or too big.
You kind of just gotta wait it out otherwise you end up buying so many clothes you’re not going to use. Well, unless you get pregnant again.
Rihanna opened up about how being violated by the paparazzi ultimately led to her sharing photos and videos of her baby boy.
It’s the thing you never want to happen.
We get to decide as parents when and how we do that. End of story.
Throw me to the wolves. Do what you want with me. But he doesn’t have a say in any of this. We’ve been protecting him thus far and you don’t have any consent to be posting photos or selling photos of my child, a minor.
Get the hell out of here with that.
I just went straight into protective mode. Like there wasn’t even time for rage.
[Rocky and me] drove up to the trailer area and we sat in the car chatting and working out how we move forward.
As parents it just feels so icky, like a violation.
As we were speaking, we knew they were making calls and deals.
Rihanna also gushes about her relationship with A$AP Rocky and says, “We’re best friends with a baby.”
We have to be on the same page, but we’ve always kind of had that in our relationship. Everything changes when you have a baby but I wouldn’t say it’s done anything but made us closer.
She goes on to talk about Rocky as a father.
I’m just sitting on the sidelines when they’re together.
I’m literally the girl trying to get into the boys club, waiting for my turn. He is obsessed with his father. And I’m like: ‘Didn’t I give birth to you? What is going on?’
Their connection is undeniable. The second Rocky makes eye contact with him he is on fire.
The whole thing they say about sons and moms, it’s a myth. Sons and fathers is crazy.
I realized that the validation that you really need as a boy is from your father.
Let’s get back to the Super Bowl.
You may recall that Rihanna turned down performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show to stand with Colin Kaepernick and noted, “I just couldn’t be a sellout.”
So many people are wondering what changed a few years later.
There’s still a lot of mending to be done in my eyes, but it’s powerful to break those doors, and have representation at such a high, high level and a consistent level.
Two Super Bowls back-to-back you know, representing the urban community, globally. It is powerful. It sends a really strong message.
Raising a young Black man is one of the scariest responsibilities in life. You’re like, ‘What am I leaving my kids to? This is the planet they’re gonna be living on?’ All of those things really start to hit differently.
Read Rihanna’s full interview at British Vogue.