After two months of rumors, it looks like Cardi B decided to confirm that she’s pregnant on “SNL” — by revealing her baby bump with a tight dress, to cheers from the crowd.
Celebrity gossip has circled the rapper’s pregnancy since February, when according to TMZ, members of her crew told a Super Bowl event staffer she was three to four months along. But Cardi B evaded questions about it, including in an interview with US Weekly when she basically just suggested people listen to her album. Of course, she didn’t actually say she was pregnant on “SNL” either. Instead, she used her performance as a means of revealing it and owning the conversation.
During her second performance as musical guest on the episode hosted by “Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman, Cardi B was initially shrouded in shadow with only her face revealed. As the song escalated and hit a crescendo, the spotlight was widened, revealing that Cardi B was wearing a white dress that distinctly accentuated her figure.
In the crowd, fans cheered as Cardi B’s reveal.
Gossip website “TMZ” previously had reported on the Cardi B pregnancy rumors, discussing her recent wardrobe and the way her entourage blocked photographers’ view of her body as paparazzi tried to ask her questions. There was speculation that the rapper was saving the announcement something like her “SNL” performance, which turned out to be true. But with the theatricality of the approach to the announcement, Cardi B turned gossip and speculation into a particularly cool moment in her performance, and managed to take back control of the story.