Are Rihanna and Drake still friends?
Rihanna is the diva whose wonderful ad-libs got everyone dancing, and Drake is the soulful rapper with a list of famous friends. It was inevitable that the two would cross paths. Throughout the last ten years, there have been a multitude of rumors involving Rihanna and Drake, questioning the status of their relationship.
Finally, a recent interview with Rihanna helped shed some light on where things stand with Drake currently. From their first meeting to their current status, here’s the full breakup of Drake and Rihanna’s relationship.
When did Drake and Rihanna meet?
In 2009, Rihanna was still a relatively fresh face on the music scene. Her 2007 album, Good Girl Gone Bad, was a huge success, with fans around the world releasing hits like Sunshade and Shut Up and Drive. It was in 2009 that she reportedly first got involved with rapping Drake at a New York bowling alley. Rumors that the pair were dating began to circulate, with Rihanna saying they were just good friends in response to a reporter’s direct question.
The romance reports accelerated in 2010, when Rihanna released her ‘What’s My Name’ music video that featured Drake as her boyfriend. They would continue to tease the idea of a relationship for the next year, even performing a racy duet together at the 2011 Grammys. Whatever their actual relationship status was at this point, they continued to collaborate musically. In 2012, they appeared together in another music video, ‘Take Care’.
Did Drake and Rihanna have a fight?
At some point in 2012, Drake and Rihanna appear to have had some kind of disagreement. Rihanna went viral after the 2012 MTV Awards when she visibly didn’t applaud Drake when he won an award. In 2013, Drake seemed to indicate that he and fellow rapper Chris Brown had discussed Rihanna at some point in the past, although he declined to elaborate. He was evasive of her when he appeared on the Contra show, telling the host that he and Rihanna ‘had her time’ with her and that he always supports her.
By 2016, tempers seem to cool down and the two were spotted filming a music video together. Drake was also featured on Rihanna’s new hit song ‘Work’ and also starred in the music video. After performing the song live together several times, it certainly seemed like they were back together in a sense, if not officially dating.
However, later in 2016, Drake publicly professed her love for the singer when she presented him with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs. He wore his heart on his sleeve when he declared that he had been in love with Rihanna since he was 22 years old. The moment went viral, but it seems Rihanna wasn’t all that thrilled by the display of affection.
Are Drake and Rihanna friends today?
Whether Drake’s worship speech made Rihanna stop or not, or something else caused the pair to break off their on-and-off relationship, Drake and Rihanna are definitely not an item anymore. In fact, in May 2018, Rihanna revealed that not only did she not appreciate Drake’s lengthy speech at the 2016 MTV VMAs, but that she and the rapper aren’t even friends anymore. She said they’re not enemies, but they’re definitely not friends either. “It is what it is,” Rihanna said, declining to comment further.
Fans will likely never really know the extent of Rihanna and Drake’s relationship, but considering Drake’s habit of writing. autobiographical lyrics, only time will tell.