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Rihanna reveals exciting new role, new music plus pregnancy update: photos

The Umbrella singer is expecting her second child with ASAP Rocky

Rihanna speaks onstage, promoting the upcoming Smurfs film
Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca LewisReporterLos Angeles
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Rihanna made a surprise appearance at Cinemacon in Las Vegas on Thursday April 27, as she revealed she would voice Smurfette in Paramount's new Smurfs movie. 

The singer, who shared with audience members that she is currently in her third trimester with her second baby, joked that it has been a "delight" to film the movie in her pajamas from home, and added: "Getting to do animation is a fun journey for me." 

The supersta, 35, wore an oversized stonewash denim cape and matching jeans, and showed off her baby bump as she appeared on stage at Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino alongside Paramount Animation head Ramsey Naito. 

As her role was announced, she quipped: "I tried to get the Papa Smurf role but it didn’t work out." 

Rihanna will also write and record original songs for the film which will reportedly pose the question: "What is a smurf?" 

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Rihanna onstage in Vegas© Getty
Rihanna is expecting her second baby

The mom-of-one has previously worked on the DreamWorks animated feature Home, and has also appeared in  live-action films including Battleship, Ocean's Eight and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The Smurfs were created by Belgian artist Peyo in the 1950s; they are a tribe of little blue creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest. In 2011 Katy Perry starred as Smurfette in a live-action hybrid film by Sony Pictures and Demi Lovato voiced the character in a 2017 film.

The Fenty founder's appearance comes after she has kept relatively mum over her second pregnancy since announcing the news during the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

The 'Lift Me Up' singer was snapped browsing a children's boutique in Los Angeles on Wednesday April 12 and the pictures, obtained by the Daily Mailshow that her companion was holding a pink knitted onesie. 

While assuming that pink is only meant for baby girls and blue only for baby boys is more than a little old-fashioned, the clothing item nevertheless sparked speculation about the future child's gender.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on the red carpet at the Oscars© Getty
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are expecting their second child

Rihanna and her boyfriend, A$AP Rocky, are awaiting the arrival of their second child after the singer made history with her surprise announcement as she became the first woman to perform the Halftime Show while pregnant. She already shares a son, born in May 2022 with partner A$AP Rocky

The couple were first romantically linked in the summer of 2020.

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