Global superstar Rihanna and rapper A$AP Rocky revealed the unique name of their newborn son just over a month after the singer gave birth to their second child. According to reports from The Blast, the couple has named their baby boy Riot Rose Mayers.
The unusual name pays subtle tribute to A$AP Rocky’s music, as he released a track titled “Riot” featuring Pharrell Williams in July 2022. The choice to lead their son’s name with “Riot” keeps with the tradition Rihanna and Rocky established with the birth of their first child in May 2022. Their older son’s name is RZA Athelston Mayers, so both children have names beginning with the letter ‘R.’
Rihanna gave birth to Riot Rose on August 1, 2023, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, based on a birth certificate obtained by The Blast. The time of birth was 7:41 AM, and the delivery was overseen by Dr Thais Aliabadi, an OB-GYN popular with celebrities who have appeared on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Dr Aliabadi recently helped deliver actor Al Pacino’s son with girlfriend Noor Alfallah.
The news that Rihanna had given birth to her second child surfaced in early August, though the name was kept under wraps until now. The “Diamonds” singer subtly revealed her pregnancy during her epic Super Bowl halftime show performance in February. She cradled her baby bump while dressed in a vibrant red jumpsuit, confirming rumours that had circulated for months about a second pregnancy.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have been dating since 2020 and welcomed their first child in May 2022. At the time, Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty, told Page Six that the new parents were considering multiple name options for their baby boy. He joked that Rihanna would “have my head” if he spilt the names prematurely.
Nearly a year and a half later, Rihanna and Rocky’s growing family includes sons RZA and the newly named Riot Rose. Rihanna impressively managed to keep her recent pregnancy private for months before her big Super Bowl reveal. In past interviews, the singer has opened up about her desire to be a mother and have multiple children. She is now living out that dream with her expanding family.
Fans will continue speculating about the origins and meanings behind Riot Rose’s unique moniker. But the name choice indicates Rihanna and Rocky thought about finding a unique way to honour their baby boy. The reveal of Riot Rose’s name comes just weeks before Rihanna’s highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime show performance. It remains to be seen if the singer will address or pay subtle tribute to her newborn son during her stage show. For now, fans celebrate with the iconic couple as they embark on raising two young sons.