Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have welcomed their first child, TMZ and Entertainment Tonight report. The baby boy was born on Friday, May 13, in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. Rihanna and Rocky have not commented on the reports or revealed their son’s name. Pitchfork has reached out to the musicians’ representatives for comment and more information.
Alhough they’d known each other for several years—Rocky had opened for Rihanna on her 2013 world tour, and she’d appeared in his “Fashion Killa” video—they began dating in 2020, and appeared together at the Met Gala in 2021.
Since releasing Anti in 2016—her most recent album—Rihanna has kept herself occupied with numerous other projects. She’s said that the follow-up to Anti will be a dancehall record, but did not share a specific timeline or any other release details for the project. She’s made a handful of guest appearances on other tracks, including N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” and PartyNextDoor’s “Believe It.”
Rihanna has spent some of her time on screen rather than in the studio, making an appearance in the Ocean’s Eleven spin-off Ocean’s 8 and joining Donald Glover in his film Guava Island. The singer has continued to develop her and Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty enterprises, too. In 2019, she published Rihanna, a “visual autobiography” photo book.
Even outside her business pursuits, Rihanna has stayed active with philanthropic efforts in recent years. She said that she turned down an offer to perform at the Super Bowl in support of Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest, and she pledged $15 million to climate justice initiatives through her Clara Lionel Foundation. The NAACP gave her the President’s Award in 2020. In 2021, she was honored as a national hero in her home country of Barbados, coinciding with its removal of Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. She was named as an ambassador for Barbados in 2018.
A$AP Rocky, meanwhile, has been a guest on a new tracks since 2018’s Testing. He joined Slowthai for “Mazza,” Nigo on “Arya,” and the late Pop Smoke on “Lane Switcha.” He also recently shared the new song “D.M.B.” It arrived with a music video co-starring Rihanna.