Rihanna's Late Met Gala Arrival Sparks Wave of Jokes, Memes

Rihanna has become a Met Gala staple in recent years, serving up show-stopping looks on the famous red steps.

The Bajan pop star is usually one of the most anticipated A-list guests to arrive at the event and even served as a co-chair alongside Donna Karan and Amal Clooney in 2018.

However, for this year's event, the "We Found Love" singer turned up fashionably late—extremely fashionably late, just after 10 p.m. in fact.

This year's theme was: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," which was intended to pay homage to American designers.

Joined by her new boyfriend, ASAP Rocky, Rihanna shut down the red carpet for her arrival, wearing an oversized and voluminous Balenciaga overcoat and matching crystal-embellished knit beanie hat.

The 33-year-old's outfit was a custom look by designer Demna Gvasalia. She also accessorized with a diamond choker by Bvlgari.

Meanwhile, the pop star's date, ASAP Rocky, was wrapped up in a vibrant, quilted blanket from ERL spring 2022 by Eli Russell Linnetz.

Rihanna's appearance was highly anticipated this year, after she skipped the event in 2019.

The pair's late arrival sparked a wave of jokes and memes, as fans waited for the couple to make their Met Gala red carpet debut.

"rihanna on her way to the met," tweeted one fan alongside a clip of Lady Gaga walking in slow motion.

rihanna on her way to the met pic.twitter.com/Sb2FxLo5BA

— dani ♡ (@runwayrihbackup) September 14, 2021

"Rihanna while everyone is waiting for her at the MET #MetGala #MetGala2021," tweeted another, along with a meme of the singer doing her makeup in a car.

Rihanna while everyone is waiting for her at the MET #MetGala #MetGala2021 pic.twitter.com/lMSDaxfJ1Y

— Fenty Cop (@FentyCop) September 14, 2021

"where are you @rihanna?" asked another in a viral meme.

"Rihanna understood the assignment no wonder she took so long to show up. She's the Met Gala," said another.

Rihanna understood the assignment no wonder she took so long to show up. She's the Met Gala. #MetGala2021 #MetGala pic.twitter.com/TFBYkOAqMh

— ken (@KenGlobally) September 14, 2021

Some of Rihanna's biggest fashion moments from Met Galas include 2015's yellow Guo Pei cape and matching headpiece in honor of the "China Through the Looking Glass" event and 2017's architectural Comme des Garçons look for "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between."

Rihanna and ASAP Rocky previously made a red carpet fashion appearance together back in December 2019 when they attended the British Fashion Awards in London.

The couple's relationship wasn't made public until April 2021, when the rapper confirmed it in an interview to GQ.

The "Goldie" singer called Rihanna "my lady" and "the love of my life.

When asked what it's like to be in a relationship, he replied: "So much better when you got the One. She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones... I think when you know, you know. She's the One."

Rihanna and ASAP Rocky
ASAP Rocky and Rihanna attend the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021, in New York City. John Shearer/Getty/WireImage