The baby who made the world stop is finally here.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have reportedly welcomed a baby boy, and fans couldn’t contain their excitement. As many take to the internet to send their congratulations, it has been an awesome journey for the two lovers turned first-time parents.
From their announcement back in January to all the iconic baby bump-baring looks, the 34-year-old mogul and musician’s singer’s new bundle of joy is perhaps one of the most anticipated arrivals of the year. News of her pregnancy even got fans to stop asking about when she plans to drop the next album seeing that a bigger project was clearly in the works.
According to TMZ, People, and Entertainment Tonight, the couple’s healthy baby boy was born on May 13 in Los Angeles. And while there is no name announced yet, this adds new meaning to those “baby” lyrics from classic Rihanna songs we love to sing boldly at the top of our lungs when we’re alone – and maybe even from time to time when we have a full audience. No judgment. No shame.
With that in mind, here are five lyrics that now all have new meaning since the ANTI songstress has become a new mom.
“If It’s Lovin’ That You Want”
LYRIC: “Baby, come and share my world / If it’s lovin’ that you want.”
Motherhood is something RiRi has been talking about for years. She welcomed the day when she could anticipate all the joys of being a parent. Now that it’s here, this baby is about to be one of the most fortunate newborns. If it’s lovin’ that her baby boy needs — it’s lovin’ that the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will deliver in spades.
“Willing to Wait”
LYRIC: “Baby, love doesn’t grow in a day” (2x)
The relationship between Rihanna and A$AP Rocky has been blossoming since 2020, and they only got closer during the coronavirus pandemic. She recently opened up about their relationship during an interview with Vogue in April, explaining how he “became her family” over that time and how she “can do any part of life by his side.”
Proof that some great loves truly develop over time.
LYRIC: “Baby boy, what you done to me?”
Before little boy Fenty-Mayers entered the world, we were in awe of how amazing Rihanna looked during her pregnancy. The billionaire entrepreneur looked stunning wearing designer looks, proudly showing off her baby bump wherever she went, and even had a statue erected in her (and her child’s) honor during this year’s Met Gala celebration.
“Only Girl (In The World)”
LYRIC: “Baby, I’ll tell you all my secrets that I’m keeping.”
Also, in Rihanna’s Vogue cover story, she shared that A$AP Rocky and her adventure into parenthood wasn’t something they had planned, but they also weren’t opposed to the idea. The fact that the world is also just learning of the birth which took place days ago only solidifies the intimate bonding moments between parent and child. We can only imagine the beautiful moments between the first-time family that they will own and cherish forever.
LYRIC: “It ain’t nobody’s business, just mine and my baby.”
You can expect the baby naming pools and contests to launch into overdrive now that Rihanna and Rocky’s plus-one have arrived safely. Whether or not they go for that tabloid-headline-driving snapshot, BadMumRiRi and Pretty Flacko will undoubtedly ensure their child’s privacy, safety, and health.
Kevin L. Clark is a screenwriter and entertainment director for BET Digital, who covers the intersection of music, film, pop culture, and social justice. Follow him on @KevitoClark.