Dubbed #Aubrih (Drake’s first name is Aubrey), the couple recently dominated headlines after the ‘Hotling Bling’ singer declared his love to Rihanna during the 2016 MTV VMAs.
Despite brushing their chemistry off as rumours, Rihanna and Drake have been on and off for about 7 years now. And while neither of them have ever stated that they’re officially together, watching them on stage together gives the entire stadium goosebumps.
If you aren’t familiar with the complicated yet adorable saga of the two hip-hop stars, let’s take a walk down memory lane and appreciate the turn of events that lead them to this gorgeous relationship they share today.
May 2009: They are first seen together drinking and cuddling at New York’s Lucky Strike bowling alley, briefly after the singer ended her relationship with Chris Brown.
June 2010: Drake releases a song called ‘Fireworks’, in which he reflects on that steamy night:
“I can tell it wasn’t love, I just thought you’d f**k with me / Who coulda predicted Lucky Strike would have you stuck with me / Damn, I kept my wits about me, luckily what happened between us that night / It always seems to trouble me, now all of a sudden those gossip blogs want to cover me.”
In the same month, Drake admitted in an interview with the New York Times that he felt like Rihanna used him; “You know what she was doing to me? She was doing exactly what I’ve done to so many women throughout my life, which is show them quality time, then disappear.”
October 2010: Rihanna continues to keep us (and Drake) guessing, releasing ‘What’s My Name’ featuring the Canadian rapper. The two get all coupley in the vid, suggesting they had patched things up.
February 2011: The sparks were well and truly alight as Drake and Rihanna put on a saucy performance of ‘What’s My Name’ at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
April 2012: Drake releases the music video for ‘Take Care’ in which Rihanna returns the favour by singing the hook, and the pair are comfortably embracing each other yet again.
May 2012: All of a sudden, things have clearly turned sour, when Drake allegedly disses his former flame on 2 Chainz‘s ‘No Lie’:
“Chances are if she was acting up then I f***ed her once and never f***ed again/ She could have a Grammy, I still treat her ass like a nominee/ Just need to know what that p*ssy like so one time is fine with me.”
June 2012: During a night out at a New York club, Rihanna’s ex, Chris Brown, spots Drake and reportedly sends him a bottle of champagne as a peace offering. Drake rejects it, and a fight breaks out between the two entourages. Breezy later posts a photo of an injury to his chin.
Drake addresses the incident for the first time a year later during an interview with GQ, saying, “Two rappers fighting over a woman—he’s not even a rapper, but still. It’s the last way you want your name out there. It distracts from the music. But he’s made me the enemy, and that’s the way it’s gonna stay, I guess.”
September 2012: Rihanna and Chris Brown get back together, and the tension between Rihrih and Drake is still very clear. When he wins Best Hip-Hop Video for his song ‘HYFR’ at the MTV VMA’s, Rihanna turns her head away and refuses to clap as he walks onstage to accept his award. At next year’s VMA ceremony, Rihanna stares at her nails during his performance and throws some shady glances his way.
September 2013: One year on, during an interview on Ellen, the daytime host plays a game with Drake, in which he talks about his rumoured celebrity romances. A photo of Rihanna pops up and a nervous Drake stutters, “Yeah, great girl, we had our moment. Always support and have love for her.”
Early 2014: Relationship rumours are reignited after the pair are spotting partying in London and LA. Drake adds fuel to the fire when he appears to blow kisses to Rihanna during one of his shows in London, and she is seen later wearing one of his hoodies.
April 2014: Drake releases another song called ‘Days in the East’ that many fans believe, due to the lyrics, is about the Barbadian beauty:
“Remember one night I went to Erykah Badu house, she made tea for me / We talked about love and what life could really be for me / She said, “when that sh*t is real, you just know” / And I was thinkin’ bout you, you already know.”
August 2014: During a performance of ‘Days in the East’ at the OVO festival in Toronto, images of Rihanna looking devilish appear on screen behind him, with the number 6 appearing three times…
However Drake cleared up the confusion tweeting “My album title is VIEWS FROM THE 6. The 6 is Toronto. Rih is a great girl who I know is about to kill this tour with Eminem. It’s all love!!”
May 2015: Despite the ‘Stay’ songstress being spotted out with Leonardo DiCaprio, and no release of new songs about their complicated relationship, they’re seen hanging out together backstage after Drake’s performance at Coachella.
February 2016: Rihanna’s first single ‘Work’, from her highly anticipated album ‘Anti’ is released, and she and Drake once again get hot and heavy in two back-to-back music videos.
The pair also perform the single the same month during the BRIT Awards, and shocked onlookers with their provocative on-stage PDA.
May 2016: Drake dons a black wig and impersonates Rihanna during a live performance on Saturday Night Live, where he claims they’re “only friends.”
June 2016: Drizzy flies all the way over to the UK to perform at Rihanna’s concert in Manchester. During the show, he addresses the crowd to talk about his feelings; “Shout-out to the most beautiful, talented woman I’ve ever seen. She goes by the name of Rihanna. I’m getting my heart broken.”
August 2016: Despite being busy with her own tour around Europe, Rihrih showed just how much she cares by jetting out to perform with her part-time lover at the OVO Festival. Also in the same month during a performance together, Drake teased the crowd, telling Rih, “You showed up two nights in a row for my city, you might have to go half on a baby.”
And of course, their complicated relationship skyrocketed to the spotlight during the 2016 MTV VMAs, when Drake presented Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, along with a heartfelt speech and a kiss (turns out it WAS on the mouth!).
Following the award show, Rihanna joined the Toronto rapper in Miami to perform her single ‘B*tch Better Have My Money’ when the lovebirds kissed again, sending fans into a frenzy and seeming to confirm speculation they’re dating.
September 2016: Just a few days ago, Rihanna debuted her new tattoo – a little camo-patterned shark on her ankle.
Looking back on the Instagram photo Drizzy posted after the VMAs, fans were quick to see the relevance of her fresh ink, realising that it was the stuffed toy that he bought for his girl after hiring out an aquarium in Toronto for a private date (Look in the right-hand corner of the pic)!
And it seems Drake is as equally dedicated to their love, getting a matching tattoo of the sea creature on his arm! Pretty fitting if you ask me – they’re both damn fierce!
After all the drama they’ve both been through in the public eye, it’s great to see these two superstars so happy with each other! Definitely #relationshipgoals – so cute!
Will their love last? Are they a good couple? Post your thoughts in the comments below!