Rihanna Opens up About Refusal to Perform at 2018 Super Bowl. In a recent interview with ‘Vogue,’ Rihanna confirmed the reason she turned down the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Show. . It was initially reported by ‘US Weekly’ that the 31-year-old singer turned down the offer due to the Colin Kaepernick kneeling controversy of 2016. .
In her ‘Vogue’ interview, Rihanna said that was “absolutely” her reason for refusing the NFL’s offer. . I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout, Rihanna, via ‘Vogue’. RiRi said she did not want to be of any “service to them,” as she did not agree with their treatment of Kaepernick. I couldn’t be an enabler. There are things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way, Rihanna, via ‘Vogue’