It's only real life, and they remain cordoned off in the friend-collaborator-and-tour-mate zone.
Rihanna met the baseball player, then an up-and-coming star with the L. Dodgers, in late 2009 and they dated for the better part of a year.
They would reunite off and on, including in 2012 when Brown guested on a remix Rihanna's racy track "Birthday Cake" and she joined him for "Turn Up the Music."Confirming that they were dating once again, Rihanna told at the beginning of 2013, "I decided it was more important for me to be happy and I wasn't going to let anybody's opinion get in the way of that.
After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash. But I'm pretty solid in the knowing that he's disgusted by that. And I know that's not a place he would ever want to go back to.
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I gotta say, I've never been in the same room as so many guys who have DM'd my ex girl," Drake, who has publicly pledged allegiance to Ri Ri over the years, joked during his monologue while hosting the 2017 NBA Awards this week.
"There's a lot of DPs sent to that inbox, man, y'all are some dogs."Yet for all of the visibly good times captured in photos taken all over the world, on stage, on yachts, at clubs and concerts, sporting events and parties, and, most recently, in swimming pools, Rihanna has refrained from being tied down.
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I can handle it." Acknowledging their history, she added, "He doesn't have the luxury of f--king up again. And I wouldn't have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing."Though they would continue to hang out together amid breakup rumors, they seemingly split up for good in April 2013.
Meanwhile, Rihanna met this guy in 2009 and, though they certainly liked each other, the timing couldn't have been more wrong."I definitely was attracted to Drake, but I think it is what it is, like, it was what it was," Rihanna told Hot 97's Angie Martinez in November 2009. It was at a really fragile time in my life, so I just didn't want to get too serious with anything or anyone at that time." Drake further complicated their status, or lack thereof, saying, "People thought I was dating Rihanna, and that was semi-true."If this were a romantic comedy, Rihanna would have realized that the answer has been staring her in the face (and gushing about her, ranting about her, fighting for her honor, declaring his love for her, distancing himself from her, and back again) for the past eight years, but...
She's the Lady Leo, and yet she's not even as into settling down (albeit temporarily) as her dear friend Leonardo Di Caprio is—nor is she necessarily interested in casual hookups."When you love somebody, that's different," she explained to in 2015, surprising those who assumed that singing authoritatively about sex meant Rihanna was acting out her (or their) fantasies on a daily basis.
"Even if you don't love them per se, when you care enough about somebody and you know that they care about you, then you know they don't disrespect you. A hundred percent."In her own way, she has revolutionized the art of dating while female—people are as interested in her love life as ever (and Drake makes up for anyone who isn't) but no one really bats an eye when she changes beaus as some would when, say...