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Rihanna explains why she turned down performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

“I just couldn’t be a sellout.”

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Before Shakira and Jennifer Lopez were announced as co-headliners for next year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, there was speculation that Rihanna would take the gig. During a conversation with Vogue, which was published on Wednesday (Oct. 9), RiRi explained her decision to sit this one out.

“Absolutely. I couldn’t dare do that,” Rihanna said when asked if she turned down the Super Bowl in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. “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.”

More recently, JAY-Z announced his partnership with the NFL. Following Rihanna’s “sellout” comment, many thought the Barbadian singer was referring to hip hop’s first billionaire, however, The Blast states differently. According to the media outlet, Rihanna’s interview happened days before JAY-Z announced his latest venture.

By working with the NFL, JAY-Z is hopeful that he will bring about change. “Let me bring attention to injustice,” Jay stated. ”Everyone’s saying, ‘How are you going forward if Kaep doesn’t have a job.’ This wasn’t about him having a job. That became a part of the discussion. He was kneeling to bring attention to injustice. We know what it is. Now how do we address the injustice?”

In other Rihanna-related news, the Fenty Beauty creator is launching a visual autobiographical book entitled The Rihanna Book. “Over 5 years in the making... happy to finally share this collection of incredible memories,” she wrote. “Thank you to all of the photographers and artists that contributed and to @phaidonsnaps for working with me to publish my first piece of art in a new industry! Make sure you pre-order the book now on therihannabook.com #theRIHANNAbook‬.”

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