It’s about damn time these two got serious.
It’s no secret Drake and Rihanna are rekindling their on-again off-again relationship. Over the years, Rihanna and Drake have dated each other for short periods of time, but the “Stay”singer finally took a leap of faith and flew out to London for Drake to “know it’s real.”
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen Rihanna and Drake having intimate dinners, bathroom quickies, and blowing kisses at each other. The 25-year-old Bajan beauty was even spotted wearing Drake’s clothing at JFK airport, for God’s sake.
It’s obvious these two are attempting to have a serious relationship, but let’s be clear – Rihanna and Drake’s love isn’t a storybook romance. AubRih have had their fair share of ups, downs, and awkward moments.
Here’s the complete history of Drake and Rihanna’s complicated relationship.
May 2009 – Rihanna and Drake Reportedly Spotted Kissing At Lucky Strike.
November 2009 – Rihanna Says She & Drake Are “Friends.”
January 2010 – Drake does a fun interview with XXL where he fills in the blanks on various statements.
During the interview, Drake stated, “People thought I was dating Rihanna…and that was semi-true.”
June 2010 – Drake talks about Rihanna “using” him during an in-depth interview with the New York Times:
And on “Fireworks” there’s a verse about Rihanna, who asked him last year to write a song for her new album; the two soon began seeing each other regularly, though they never publicly confirmed their brief relationship.
“I was a pawn,” Drake said. The song he wrote for her never got released. “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,” he said. “I was like, wow, this feels terrible.”
June 2010 – Drake releases debut studio album Thank Me Later, which features the song “Fireworks.”
I can tell it wasn’t love, I just thought you’d fuck 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 these gossip blogs want to cover me
And you making it seem that it happened that way because of me
But I was curious and I’ll never forget it baby
What an experience, you coulda been the one
But it wasn’t that serious, there was smoke in the air before
That was me clearing it that felt good
June 2010 – Drake says Rihanna made him feel “very small and very nervous,” but he was paying homage to Rihanna on “Fireworks” verse.
September 2010 – Drake tells MTV he’s working on a “great” song with Rihanna.
October 2010 – Rihanna releases “What’s My Name” Featuring Drake.
November 2010 – Rihanna releases “What’s My Name” music video where she and Drake get up close and personal.
January 4, 2011 – Drake name-drops Rihanna on Rick Ross’ “Made Men.”
“One of my baddest women ever, I call her Rihanna/But that’s cause her name is Rihanna.”
February 13, 2011 – Rihanna and Drake Perform “What’s My Name” At The Grammys.
February 20, 2011 – They perform together again at the NBA All-Star game in L.A.
Later in 2011 – Drake asks Rihanna to be featured on his song “Take Care.”
December 21, 2011 – Drake announced he and Rihanna are shooting the “Take Care” video together.
March 27, 2012 – Rihanna watches Drake perform in London.
March 2012 – Images from the “Take Care” video surface on the ‘net.
April 2012 – Drake releases intimate “Take Care” video with Rihanna.
April 2012 – Drake says he and Rihanna have a “connection established for life.”
May 8, 2012 – Allegedly, Drake subliminally disses Rihanna on 2 Chainz’s “No Lie.” He’s never confirmed or denied this verse was about Rihanna.
“Chances are if she was acting up then I fucked her once and never fucked again/ She could have a Grammy, I still treat her ass like a nominee/ Just need to know what that pussy like so one time is fine with me.”
June 14, 2012 – Chris Brown and Drake fight at WiP nightclub in New York City after it was reported the Toronto rapper sent Chris Brown a note about being with Rihanna.
September 2012 – Rihanna reportedly shades Drake at the MTV VMAs.
April 2013 – Drake tells Elliott Wilson “at one point in life, the woman [Rihanna] he [Chris Brown] loves fell into my lap.”
August 2013 – Rihanna shades Drake again while he performed “Hold On, We’re Going Home” at the MTV VMAs.
September 2013 – Drake discusses his relationship with Rihanna on Ellen.
“Yeah, great girl … We had our moment. Always support and have love for her and yeah …I heard myself saying something else and I know I’m going to watch it back and be like, ‘That wasn’t what I thought I said…'”
March 14, 2014 – Rihanna and Drake are spotted going into a restroom together
March 16, 2014 – Rihanna is photographed wearing Drake’s clothing.
March 30, 2014 – Drake blows kisses at Rihanna during concert in London.
April 3, 2014 – Drake releases “Days In The East,” which is clearly about Rihanna. He even samples her Unapologetic ballad “Stay.”
“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 shit is real, you just know”
And I was thinkin’ ’bout you, you already know”
Drake also mentions the time they recently spent in Europe together:
“Studyin’ your body, that’s exams for the boy
Take a flight here, pop a xan for the boy
Waking up in Amsterdam with the boy
Long flight home, another xan for your boy”
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