After news broke that Rihanna and her billionaire boyfriend of two years, Hassan Jameel had called it quits, fans were quick to notice the superstar spending time with ex-boyfriend Drake. Speculations that the two may possibly be dating again have swarmed the internet, coming as a surprise to many fans after Rihanna had claimed not long ago that they were no longer even friends. When sitting down with Vogue magazine in May 2018, Rihanna had addressed her relationship with Drake by saying this: “We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is.”
Fans were disappointed to hear about the falling out between the two musicians, especially after years of on-again, off -again dating rumors. The speculated romance between Rihanna and Drake first started in 2009, shortly after Rihanna’s break-up with abusive ex, Chris Brown. The pair were spotted in New York City’s,Lucky Strike, and were reported by sources present to be “making out all night”. While attending a radio interview with host Angie Martinez, Rihanna was asked about the Lucky Strike rumors surrounding Drake.
Rihanna shut down any speculation at the time, claiming that she and Drake were “just friends“. Drake apparently took all of this to heart, citing Rihanna as his inspiration behind the “Thank Me Later” track, “Fireworks”. In the song, Drake laments about what could have been between the two saying: “I could tell it wasn’t love, I just thought you’d f–k with me/ Who could of 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.”
Drake also came clean on the past romance in an unusually candid interview with The New York Times, where he admitted that Rihanna gave him a taste of his own medicine, saying this: “I was a pawn…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. I was like, ‘Wow, this feels terrible.” Since Drake’s heartbreak, the two have continued to collaborate on music together, and seemed to maintain a cordial relationship.
Now that Rihanna is single again, it appears that she and Drake have mended whatever placed their friendship on pause before. The two were spotted together attending a recent Yams Day charity concert, getting fans excited at the possibility that the two may be dating again. While there was no reported PDA between the two, many are hopeful that this is a sign they are rekindling their romance. With Rihanna just having exited a two year relationship, she probably won’t be invested in a serious relationship anytime soon, but fans are excited at the potential of this renewed friendship.