It looks like Cardi B may have turned down a Super Bowl LIII halftime show spot alongside a seemingly struggling-to-secure artists Maroon 5. Rolling Stone quotes a Page Six source in reporting the rapper’s refusal to perform, a decision that apparently hinged on Cardi’s concern over football free agent and inequality activist Colin Kaepernick.
Similar to Rihanna‘s reported declining of the offer in support of the quarterback—the former 49er who was contentiously exiled by the NFL following protests against racial injustice where he took a knee during the national anthem—a spokesperson for Cardi confirms the case while shooting down other rumors surrounding the rapper’s rejection:
“The rumor circulating that she wants a million dollars and she wants her own set is false,” a representative for the artist says. “There was never a firm offer to begin with for a performance. There [were] talks about it, but she was not particularly interested in participating because of how she feels about Colin Kaepernick and the whole movement.”
Cardi B previously said she wouldn’t perform at the halftime show. Not until “they hire Colin Kaepernick back,” as noted by Rolling Stone. Last week, it was reported that Travis Scott would be be joining Maroon 5 during the Super Bowl set.
“But again, there was never a solid offer for her to say yes or no to regarding the Super Bowl,” adds the Cardi B rep. “She is already confirmed to do a set with Bruno Mars that weekend.” Seems like Maroon 5 might just have to keep looking.
The 53rd Super Bowl takes place Feb. 3, 2019, at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and it will be aired on telvision by CBS. Watch the video for Cardi’s latest, “Money,” below: