On February 12, Rihanna performed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The singer had the support and applause of several colleagues, including her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.
“Come on, girl,” Brown wrote in an Instagram story along with a red heart and emojis of praying hands after her ex-partner’s halftime show, during which she unveiled her second pregnancy.
Immediately, the singer was criticized for his “double standards”, since in 2009 he mistreated and beat Rihanna. For this reason, the dancer was also annoyed with the comments received.
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Now and through his Instagram account, the singer issued a strong warning to people “still hates him” for assaulting his then-girlfriend: “If you still hate me for a mistake I made at age 17, please kiss my butt,” Chris Brown said.
“I’m 33, I’m so tired of everyone sticking with that narrative. You guys are the same ones who tune in every week to watch Blueface and Christian hit each other.”
The singer also questioned where this “cancel culture” was when it came to “white artists” who “dated underage women” or “beat their wives.”
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He also posted a series of photos of white actors who have been accused of abuse, including Sean Penn, Mel Gibson, Nicolas Cage, Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Lee, Emma Roberts, Carmen Electra, Josh Brolin and more… “I have time today,” Brown added at the end.
In 2009, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault for punching Rihanna before the Grammy. In 2017, her ex Karrueche Tran was granted a five-year restraining order after Brown allegedly became aggressive toward her when she didn’t return the money and gifts he gave her during their relationship.
Rihanna and the millions she received for her Halftime Show
Joe Pompliano, of the Read Huddle Up newsletter, was in charge of revealing the unusual amount of money Rihanna received for the Halftime Show of Super Bowl LVII if you take into account that Apple and the NFL reached an agreement for 250 million dollars and five years to sponsor the halftime show.
Recall that throughout the history of the NFL, the league managed to convince artists such as Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Lady Gaga, Shakira, and Jennifer Lopez, among others, to be in the Halftime Show. The funny thing is that none were charged to attend the sporting event.
According to Joe Pompliano, the NFL signed a $50 million sponsorship deal for the Halftime Show, but both Rihanna and the other artists who said yes in the negotiation were not given money as payment for their shows.
Although the NFL reports that it does not pay the artists who perform at the Super Bowl, according to Joe Pompliano, the money Rihanna received for the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show is between 10 and 15 million dollars as a production budget concept.