Rihanna declined an offer to headline the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show because she “supports Colin Kaepernick,” according to Us Weekly.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” the insider revealed. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Kaepernick knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner in protest of police brutality and racial inequality. The former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback has not played since stirring controversy during the 2016 season. He filed a grievance against the league and its owners in November 2017, accusing them of colluding to keep him off the field.
Rumors circulated last year that Jay Z and Beyoncé had similarly turned down a halftime show and Brooklyn born rapper seemingly confirmed the news in a recent song, “Apes—t.”
“I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don’t need you,” Jay Z raps in the song. “Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too.”
Instead of Rihanna, Super Bowl LIII has reportedly landed Maroon 5 for the Feb. 4 game.
Maroon 5 was tapped by the NFL and CBS to perform during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Reportedly, Cardi B is in talks to perform during Maroon 5’s set.