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Rihanna reveals son RZA's first word, how son Riot Rose is taking after big brother, trying for 'my girl', more on motherhood

The "Work" singer shares her two boys with longtime partner A$AP Rocky

Rihanna at the Fenty x Puma Creeper Phatty Launch Party held at NeueHouse Hollywood on December 18, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
9 April 2024
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The world may be clamoring for Rihanna to return with the long-awaited R9, but the Barbados-born singer loves nothing more right now than being a mother.

The 36-year-old is a doting mom to her boys RZA, who will turn two years old next month, and Riot Rose, now eight months old, with her longtime boyfriend A$AP Rocky.

In a new interview with Interview Magazine, she spoke candidly about being a mother, her relationship with A$AP (real name Rakim Athelaston Meyers), and her thoughts on expanding her family...

RZA's first word

In her conversation with Mel Ottenberg, Rihanna was asked what her older son RZA's first word was, and she simply revealed that it was "Hey."

Rihanna celebrates Fenty Beauty & Fenty Skin at Goya Studios on February 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California© Getty Images
The star revealed that her son RZA's first word was a simple "hey"

She explained: "I used to try to get his attention all the time, and I would say, 'Hey, hey, hey.' And one day he said it back to me in the same melody and I kept singing it and he kept following it over and over again."

How Riot is adopting his big brother's style

The "We Found Love" hitmaker talked about feeling "bummy" next to her rapper boyfriend, because his style game was always on point. "I feel like, goddamn, I look like his assistant. I'm getting on a plane. We should be in sweats. He wants to be in a full Bottega suit. I'm like, 'Why you got to do that to me?'"

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The sleekly dressed toddler is already passing on his fashion sense to his younger brother

She explained that her focus now went to her two boys, who she spent so much more time dressing up in fashionable fits, just like their dad, and then finding fits for herself that emphasize comfort, calling herself a "lazy dresser" as a mom. 

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Describing her sons' wardrobe, she shared: "I have racks, I have bags. They're all sized and organized, and then whatever gets too small for RZA, I put into bins so that Riot can have them next. Riot is actually in all of RZA's 1-year-old clothes already. He's only six months. Everybody thinks Rocky dresses them because I dress them in Rocky outfits."

On keeping a bit of Riot and RZA with her always

ASAP Rocky and Rihanna backstage at the 95th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California.© Getty Images
Rihanna shares her two sons with her partner A$AP Rocky

Of course, as a mom on the go, Rihanna has only the most glamorous "diaper bag" (a YSL mini duffle), and described keeping a bit of her sons everywhere she goes.

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"When I move, I either keep a rag or a pair of socks or a pacifier, something from them," she explained, mentioning that in her current bag, she had Riot's rag and RZA's pacifier, plus medicine, vicks cough drops (for rehearsals), sunglasses, Fenty perfume, a satin hair scarf, and a pack of cards courtesy of A$AP, who gets "very competitive."

How she and A$AP started dating with "a lot of caution"

While she described first meeting the star in 2012 at the MTV Video Music Awards, and then appearing in his 2013 music video for "Fashion Killa," Rihanna clarified that they didn't actually start dating till the end of 2019.

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky© Getty Images
Despite years of rumors and speculation, the pair didn't actually start dating till the end of 2019

"I've seen him in relationships. He's seen me in relationships. We've seen each other outside of relationships. We knew what we're capable of, and the trouble that we could bring to each other's lives. We can make or break each other's hearts. And so, we started dating with a lot of caution."

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This ended up being the perfect situation for them, though, as soon after, Covid-19 and the first wave of lockdown hit, which allowed them to embark on a relationship privately and lean into realizing that they were ready to start a family together.

Rihanna and ASAP Rocky smiling at the Met Gala 2021© Getty Images
"So when someone sees you completely, and believes in you, and thinks you're worthy of being the mother of their kids, it's a great feeling."

"Because in previous relationships, I tried and tried and tried my best, and you still feel like it's not enough. So when someone sees you completely, and believes in you, and thinks you're worthy of being the mother of their kids, it's a great feeling. I felt the same about him. I knew he would be a great dad."

More kids?

Rihanna and A$AP have both openly admitted to wanting more kids, so when the subject was broached, she simply said that she desired "as many as god wants me to have."

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Rihanna attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the  Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.© Getty Images
She shared that if she does have more kids, she's rooting for a baby girl next

She explained: "I don't know what god wants, but I would go for more than two. I would try for my girl. But of course if it's another boy, it's another boy."

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