Rihanna’s Last-Minute 2024 MET Gala Snub Leaves Us Wondering: What Happened?

by Grace Somes
Rihanna || Image credit: @badgalriri

Rihanna’s surprising absence from this year’s Met Gala was a last-minute shock to fans!

Days before the Met Gala on May 6, which has a “Garden of Time” theme and is hosted by Anna Wintour with cochairs Bad Bunny, Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez, and Chris Hemsworth, Rihanna revealed a bubblegum pink color, bidding farewell to her blonde bombshell hair.

On May 4, while Rihanna was in Miami for boyfriend A$AP Rocky’s new Puma pop-up shop, she unveiled an unexpected bubblegum pink hair transformation

The “Lift Me Up” singer wore an asymmetrical black dress with a thigh-high slit and a corset bodice that tightened the waist, making it evident that she wanted her new hair color to be the main attraction.

The 36-year-old “Umbrella” singer hinted before Met Monday that her vibe would be “real simple.”

“Really, like chill. I know you think I’m lying—it’s chill. I’m a mom. I don’t got time for a lot of s–t,” Rihanna disclosed.

However, she did confirm her participation during her interview with E! at Fenty Beauty’s Soft’Lit Naturally Luminous Longwear Foundation launch on April 26.

“I’m coming in as an extra this year. I’m coming for dinner,” the singer told the media outlet’s Francesca Amiker. 

So, why isn’t Rihanna at the Met Gala, you ask?

According to an exclusive from PEOPLE, a source close to Rihanna revealed that the singer had to cancel her attendance as she was sick with the flu.


So, who else wasn’t at the Met Gala?

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Billy Porter, and Ben Affleck were among the missing group, notably absent from the 2024 Met Gala.

Rihanna, 36, and her partner 35-year-old A$AP Rocky, have made some of our most beloved (and stylishly tardy) Met Gala appearances in the past. 

Since their debut at the Met Gala in 2021 at 10 p.m., the couple’s reputation for arriving late to the festivities has persisted. They followed suit in 2023, indicating that the music icons have made it a point to arrive after call time.

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