The claim: Photos show Rhianna is pregnant
Online, social media users are resurrecting a set of doctored photos to support the pregnancy rumors. The old photos show the star in a tight black dress, black purse and heels. Her silhouette in the tight dress makes it appear she is pregnant.
One Sept. 14 Facebook post with the images congratulated the singer. It garnered more than 43,000 shares by Sept. 20.
However, a reverse image search shows the photos were taken several years ago and altered to appear as if the star was expecting.
The Facebook user did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
Photos are old and altered
Nearly identical images of Rihanna in that same outfit have been posted to various celebrity and fashion blogs with the description that they were taken outside of Giorgio Baldi in April 2014. Giorgio Baldi is a high-end Italian restaurant in Los Angeles the star has been known to frequent.
Several other unaltered images of the star that were taken from different angles show she was not visibly pregnant. A reverse image search shows the altered versions of these images have spread online since as early as 2019.
Recent photos, including some from the star’s Met Gala afterparty, show she does not appear to be pregnant.
As of Sept. 20, neither Rihanna nor her boyfriend, rapper A$AP Rocky, had publicly announced they were expecting a child.
In a May 2020 interview with British Vogue, Rihanna discussed planning to one day have children. There is no evidence she has had any children yet.
Rihanna’s publicist did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
Our rating: Altered
Based on our research, we rate ALTERED several photos that appear to show that Rhianna is pregnant. According to several fashion blogs, the photos were taken in April 2014 as the star visited a Los Angeles restaurant. Unaltered images from the same night show Rihanna with no obvious signs of pregnancy. The star has not recently announced a pregnancy.
Our fact-check sources:
Distractify, Sept. 13, Another Year, Another Rihanna Pregnancy Rumor — Is She Having a Baby?
Red Carpet Fashion Awards, April 13, 2014, Rihanna In Céline – Giorgio Baldi Restaurant
Got Celeb, April 13, 2014, Rihanna at Giorgio Baldi Restaurant in Santa Monica
Star Style, April 11, 2014, Rihanna Giorgio Baldi April 11, 2014
Fashion Bomb Daily, April 12, 2014, Rihanna Heads to Dinner at Giorgio Baldi
The New York Times, May 28, How a Cozy Neighborhood Restaurant Became a Celebrity Hide-Out
CelebMafia, April 13, 2014, Rihanna – Leggy in Mini Dress, at Giorgio Baldi Restaurant in Santa Monica – April 2014
TinEye Reverse Image Search, accessed Sept. 20
InStyle, Sept. 14, Rihanna Wore a Completely Sheer Skirt to Her Met Gala After-Party
USA TODAY, March 30, 2020, Rihanna wants 'three or four' kids with or without a partner, opens up about her own childhood
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