"I just couldn't be a sellout" - Rihanna once turned down Super Bowl half-time show opportunity to support Colin Kaepernick's protest

The singer is a supporter of Colin Kaepernick
The singer is a supporter of Colin Kaepernick

On Sunday, the NFL announced that Rihanna would headline this season's Super Bowl half-time show at the State Farm Stadium. The 34-year-old Grammy winner is the latest in a long line of A-list artists to be chosen for the NFL's showpiece event.

But what is rather interesting now that the news has been made public is Rihanna's interview with Vogue magazine back in 2019. In the interview, the singer was asked if she turned down the chance to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl because of her support for Colin Kaepernick, who previously took a knee to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

Rihanna said:

“Absolutely, (turning down Super Bowl performance in solidarity for Kaepernick). 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.”

So it appears that back in 2019, the 34-year-old could not envision herself performing at the league's showpiece event due to Kaepernick's situation and what the quarterback was protesting for.

Now, though, her stance appears to have changed as it was announced that she would be the headline act for the Feb. 12 game.

Rihanna to perform at Super Bowl half-time show in 2023

NBA All-Star Game 2015
NBA All-Star Game 2015

We now know who will be the latest headliner for the NFL Super Bowl halftime show. The 34-year-old, nine-time Grammy winner will be taking center stage at State Farm Stadium in Arizona. She will be looking to replicate Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent's superb performance last year.


It was rumored that Taylor Swift could potentially be the headliner for the event, but the Saint Michael, Barbados native was chosen instead.

At the time of writing, it is not known exactly who will be supporting the singer. Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Emme Muñiz, Travis Scott, Big Boi and Bruno Mars have complemented the headline act in recent years.


While it is great news for the singer to be able to perform on such a big stage, her thoughts back in 2019 make you wonder what has changed for her to now accept the invitation from the NFL.

If you use any of the above quotes, please credit Vogue and H/T Sportskeeda.

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