After Drake?s very public confession of his love for Rihanna during the MTV Music Awards, fans have been waiting for the next episode. The romance between Drake and Rihanna has taken years to blossom. On and off, and both insisting that they are just friends, photos throughout the years reveal that actions speak louder than denial.
It all started in 2009 when Rihanna showed up with friends at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge on West 42nd Street. There to bowl with friends, Rihanna spent the night locking lips with Canadian rapper Drake. According to sources, Rihanna was drinking whiskey and apple juice and made out with him all night.
In an interview with New York Times in 2010, Drake went public about how Rihanna was treating 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,? he said. Feeling terrible upon this role reversal realization, the bad blood was quick to dissipate when Drake and Rihanna collaborated in ?What?s My Name?? a few months later.
The couple, though not making their relationship official, performed ?What?s My Name?? at the 2011 Grammys. Their onstage chemistry carried on as they were spotted full swing on PDA at a Canadian nightclub in July.
On April 2012, Rihanna collaborates with Drake on ?Take Care.? At this time, Rihanna got back together with Chris Brown. The lyrics are telling of Drake?s feelings, with lines like, ?Can?t deny that I want you, but I?ll lie if I have to / Cause you don?t say you love me to your friends when they ask you/ Even though we both know that you do.?
Denials still ran high when Drake guested on Ellen in 2013 and told her that he and Rihanna had their moment but are only friends.
The following year, in February 2014, lover boy Drake reveals in an interview with Rolling Stone that Rihanna is his ultimate fantasy. Come March, the pair took a European vacation together.
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During Coachella in May 2015, Rihanna was seen hugging Drake after his performance onstage. Although he was smooched by Madonna onstage that night, the highlight of his evening?was probably his time with Riri. Come September 2015, Drake showed off a new ink which resembles Rihanna. Meanwhile, a few months later in November, Rihanna tells Vanity Fair that her last real, official boyfriend was Chris Brown.
Enter 2016. Drake and Rihanna collaborate once again for the most LSS-inducing dancehall-flavored hit, ?Work.? The music video propelled to great heights with one word mostly dominating the whole song. Interestingly, Rihanna declares on The Ellen show that she is officially single.
August 2016, prior to the MTV Music Awards, Drake had a billboard put up congratulating her for receiving the prestigious Vanguard award. The billboard was snapped and uploaded on Riri?s Instagram.
Weeks after, at the MTV Music Awards, Drake finally publicly declares his 7-year love for Rihanna. Will she finally acknowledge their undeniable relationship?
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