Rihanna’s love life has been in the headlines for nearly two decades. From her tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown to her rumored romance with A$AP Rocky, look back at who Rihanna dated.
Ever since she burst onto the music scene in the early 2000s, the world has wanted to know more about Rihanna‘s personal life. The Anti singer, 32, has been romantically linked to plenty of high-profile men, and fans are certainly familiar with some of her most notable boyfriends including Drake and Hassan Jameel. But we’re sure there’s a few people you totally forget Rihanna was linked to at one point! Read on to find out more.
Rihanna and Chris Brown were one of the most infamous couples of the late noughties. The pair of hitmakers, who burst onto the scene in the 2000s with chart-toppers like “Pon de Replay” and “Run It,” respectively, were just teenagers when they made it big. They duo had their ups and downs over the course of their tumultuous relationship. The 2009 incident in which Chris physically assaulted Rihanna has come to define not only their relationship, but Chris’ career. On the day of the 2009 Grammys, it was announced that the pair, who were slated to perform together, would not take the stage. Chris had brutally beaten Rihanna the night before, leaving her with a busted lip, black eyes and multiple bruises.
Much to the surprise of fans, RiRi forgave Chris several years later. The pair rekindled their romance in 2012, and she spoke to Oprah Winfrey about the relationship during an episode of Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. During the conversation, she said that Chris was her “true love,” and said that she considers him the “love of [her] life.” She added, “We’ve built a trust again, and that’s it. We love each other and we probably always will. That’s not anything that we’re going to try to change. That’s not something you can shut off if you’ve ever been in love.” During the brief period they were back together, the pair were spotted sitting court side at basketball games and getting cozy on vacations together. They split for good in 2013.
Rihanna and Canadian hitmaker Drake were friends and collaborators before they ever dated. The pair met in 2005 while she was shooting a music video in Toronto, but they didn’t go on their first date until 2019. They dropped a number of collabs through the years, including “Work,” “Take Care,” and “What’s My Name” and were believed to have had an on again/off again relationship which persisted until 2016. RiRi told Vogue in 2018 that things had gone sour between the former couple, and they were no longer friends. “We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is,” she said at the time.
The “Wild Thoughts” singer dated LA Dodgers star Matt Kemp for the better part of 2010. During their relationship, Rihanna told Elle, “I’m so happy. I feel really comfortable, and it’s so easy. [The relationship] is just my peace. It keeps me sane.” Nevertheless, she split from the baseball player that December and went on to open up about the relationship four months later, in Vogue, saying, “I just let it go. I don’t ever want to have to depend on a relationship. I think it’s a really special thing to find love. It’s beautiful. Nothing can match it, but I want to make sure I find other things in life that I love — besides love.”
Back in January 2015, rumors began to emerge that RiRi was dating Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio. He attended her 27th birthday party, and they spent Valentine’s Day together in 2015. The following year they were spotted together sporadically, at a club in Paris and at Coachella. And in 2017, the Oscar-winner was caught sneaking into the after party for her Fenty x Puma runway show!
Rihanna dated Kylie Jenner‘s future baby daddy Travis Scott back in 2015. The former couple were first spotted together at New York Fashion Week and it was quickly reported that the pair were “officially” together. Nevertheless, the relationship was short lived, but he did go on to serve as the opening act on her 2016 Anti World Tour — so it seems there’s no bad blood!
Perhaps RiRi’s longest and most stable relationship was with Middle Eastern businessman Hassan Jameel. They dated for three years, but were famously private and hardly ever made public appearances together. She spoke multiple times about how happy and in love the pair were, including in Vogue in late 2019, when she said, “I’m actually in an exclusive relationship for quite some time, and it’s going really well, so I’m happy.” Thus, it came as a surprise to fans that she called it quits with the billionaire in January 2020. Given the secretive nature of their relationship, little is known about why they split.
Rihanna and buddy A$AP Rocky, 31, were romantically linked in early 2020 after being spotted hanging out just days after her split from Hassan. The twosome flamed the romantic spark throughout the year, especially after being seen getting awfully cozy on a dinner date in November, just days after Thanksgiving. She even brought him home to Barbados for the holidays, where they packed on the PDA, even holding hands during a stroll on Christmas Eve.
A source told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that Rihanna wants A$AP to be her “final boyfriend” — she’s that happy! “Rihanna has dealt with it all, from good to great to bad relationships. The way things are strolling along is looking very special,” they said. “Ri is really all about A$AP. Things are just amazing right now. She is in very bright spirits.”