Rihanna turned down Super Bowl halftime show 2019 to support Colin Kaepernick

It comes as Rhianna, 30, reportedly turned down headlining next year's Superbowl in support of Colin Kaepernick, who has remained unsigned for protesting during the United States national anthem.

Before offering the gig to Maroon 5, the National Football League approached Rihanna and asked her to take the headline slot on the Super Bowl halftime show, according to Us Weekly.

Schumer tagged Kaepernick in her post, telling "anyone who says" kneeling is "disrespectful to our military" should "read up" on all the veteran support the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has received. "She doesn't agree with the NFL's stance", the insider revealed.

As you know, in order to protest the oppression of black people and of other minorities at NFL games, he kneeled during the national anthem.

Rihanna, who reportedly has an album and tour in the works, declined on principle despite the potential exposure, according to another source.

The move led to heated debates about free speech and protest within the world of sports and Kaepernick went unsigned for the 2017 season. The rapper later seemed to confirm this report in a song that dropped over the summer: "I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don't need you". In 2006, she created the Believe Foundation to help terminally ill children, has been supportive of charities helping to combat HIV/AIDs and cancer, and founded the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) in 2012, to help impoverished communities across the globe.

Rihanna's decision to reject the offer over a political issue follows her Instagram message earlier in October urging fans to vote in the November US congressional elections.

  • Jacqueline Ellis