Reason Why Rihanna Was a No-Show at Met Gala 2024 After Confessing She Felt Like a “Clown” During an Old Appearance Will Have You Feeling Sorry for Her

Rihanna was sick with the flu which explains why she was MIA in 2024 Met Gala.

rihanna at the 2017 met gala
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  • Rihanna was missing this year at the Met Gala event.
  • Sources revealed that she was sick with the flu, which forced her to skip the event.
  • She once talked about feeling like a clown at 2015 Met Gala event due to her iconic yellow outfit.
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Rihanna is a well-reputed household name across the globe thanks to her music, fashion, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Known for her bold style choices, she has often made headlines for her influence in the fashion world.  

Rihanna from the music video This Is What You Came For
Rihanna from the music video This Is What You Came For

However, the icon was missing in action on the 2024 Met Gala red carpet, leaving many wondering why. The songstress had genuine concerns, long after she revealed her feelings about the 2015 Met Gala event. 

Why Didn’t Rihanna Appear at the 2024 Met Gala Event?

This year, the Met Gala didn’t just feel complete as Rihanna was absent with PEOPLE and Entertainment Tonight sources reporting the reason behind the same. Both the outlets mentioned that she was sick with flu, which left her with no option but to skip the event. 


Her absence was evidently felt after she made her comeback last year with a baby bump, announcing her second pregnancy during her Super Bowl performance. 

Rihanna in a still from SOS
Rihanna in a still from SOS

Skipping this year’s Met Gala surely was unexpected as the lady has made some iconic appearances at the event alongside her partner, A$AP Rocky. The self-made billionaire was initially pretty excited about the event as she explained why she decided to opt for a subtle look. 

She told Extra


“I’m actually just keeping it real simple this year… Very simple… I think it’s gonna come to what my makeup and what my hair is going to do. We wanna play with that, but I have no idea what I’m gonna do with that.”

While we would be clueless about what she was planning for this year, she did hint that it would all be from her brand, FENTY. In an interview with Vogue, she shared, “I’m gonna wear Fenty something! Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin, Fenty Savage…”

Alas, her look would be a secret for now! Even though the Fenty Queen knows how to shut down everyone with her bold fashion choices, she felt like a “clown” while wearing her breathtaking yellow couture gown at the 2015 Met Gala red carpet, which is surely one of the heart-catchers of Riri’s fashion. 

Rihanna Got Candid About How She Felt at the 2015 Met Gala

Rihanna in This Is What You Came For
Rihanna in This Is What You Came For

The Umbrella singer cemented her influence in the pop and fashion world again in 2015 with her iconic canary yellow Guo Pei dress. She wore that gown with a long embroidered train for the gala’s China: Through the Looking Glass theme, which she totally slayed. However, from the inside, she was nervous! She was apparently terrified as she felt a little overdressed due to her outstanding outfit. 


She told Access at the time, 

“I remember being so scared to get out of that car because I felt like, ‘I’m doing too much.’ I was driving past the red carpet and I was just seeing gowns. I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m a clown, people are gonna laugh at me. This is too much.’”

Her concern stemmed particularly from choreography as she shared, 

“The choreography of getting in the car and getting out, like, we had to choreograph it. Who sits at the doors? Where does the coat go? Where do I sit?”

As per Vogue, the couture piece took two years to make and required 4 men to carry it. Despite the concerns, she eventually nailed her look, which stands as a proud fashion choice. 


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