One of her reps told Page Six that while there wasn’t a "solid offer" for the rapper and new mom to perform at the Super Bowl, "there were talks about it.” But the rep made it clear that “[Cardi] was not particularly interested in participating because of how she feels about Colin Kaepernick and the whole movement." The rep also shot down rumors that Cardi B would have said yes if she had gotten her own set and a million-dollar payout.
The movement Cardi B’s rep says swayed her decision is #TakeAKnee, formed by Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who protested racial injustice and police brutality against people of colour by kneeling during the National Anthem.
Maroon 5, with whom Cardi B collaborated on the hit single "Girls Like You," is set to headline the performance. Event organizers have reportedly had issues securing other guest performers before signing on Scott, a move that's drawn criticism from big stars, including Michael B. Jordan and Jay-Z. The latter also turned down an offer to perform at the Super Bowl last year and addressed his decision on a verse in “APESHIT.”
Cardi B’s refusal should come as no surprise, given that back in February she reportedly told TMZ she will not perform at the Super Bowl until Kaepernick is hired again. Given that has yet to happen, it’s safe to say football fans won’t be hearing “I Like It” during halftime anytime soon.