Rihanna has returned to the red carpet after a relatively quiet period, but she did so with an important message. At tonight’s premiere of Ocean’s 8 in New York City, Rihanna wore an extremely low-cut dress, perhaps as a show of support for her boyfriend, Hassan Jameel, who is currently facing controversy over his recent Saudi Arabian business dealings that some see as sexist and outdated. In response, Rihanna told E! News that she’s proud of her man and his accomplishments and she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks about it.
Will she return?
It seems that rumors of Rihanna’s death have been greatly exaggerated. The 27-year-old singer made her first public appearance in months last night at the CFDA Awards. She was accompanied by her rumored boyfriend, Drake, who has been a stalwart supporter through her recent troubles. Although she didn’t speak with reporters about what’s been going on, it seems that she is ready to start talking again.
Why are we talking about this again?
In a recent interview with Vogue, Rihanna slammed rumors of a rift with her ex-boyfriend Drake. The singer revealed that she was not, in fact, upset by his new relationship with Jennifer Lopez. I am happy for him, Rihanna said.
She killed it
A woman’s dress size is none of your business, she said while accepting her award. It doesn’t matter. This was a response to people who had commented on her weight gain, telling her she should be ashamed of herself. I have a full-time job that I love, and I don’t have time to worry about my weight. I’m not going to let anyone take away my confidence.
But what did she wear?
Rihanna’s dress was a black, floor-length gown with a thigh high slit. The design was completely backless and revealed her long, lean legs. Rihanna wore her hair up in an updo that seemed to be styled with pieces of hair falling down around her face. She completed her look by wearing a pair of red stilettos that matched the color of her dress perfectly.
Media continues to add fuel to fire of speculation
Since releasing her latest album ANTI in late January, Rihanna has kept an extremely low profile. The media has been quick to fill in the void with speculation about her whereabouts. However, Rihanna made a surprise appearance at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala on Saturday night and shut down all rumors of a break with a powerful performance.
She took the stage in a gorgeous white gown and performed Work for the first time live.
Let’s move on…
The rumors of Rihanna’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. The singer returned to the red carpet for her annual appearance at the CFDA Awards on Monday night with a message for her naysayers: I’m not going anywhere.
The 27-year-old pop star was dressed in a beaded, off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown that clung tightly around her lithe form.