Rihanna and Drake’s romance is a storied one. Their bowling alley flirtation-turned-fling-turned-friendship-turned-relationship-turned-TBD has been highly publicized since it first began in 2009. And yet, it’s unclear when or if they were ever truly official.
If gossip sites and anonymous sources can be trusted (and in this case, they’re our bible), Rihanna and Drake’s rihlationship history goes something like this: Boy meets girl. Girl thinks boy is cute. Boy falls in love with girl and writes various songs referencing her. Girl gets annoyed, tells boy to go away and takes sexy pictures by the beach.
We put together a complete timeline of Aubrih’s relationship—whatever it may be today—because let’s face it, fans have written their names in the stars and are rooting for them to be together *forever*. Take a trip down Drihanna memory lane here, but first, rihfresh your memory with our video of their relationship.
Drake and Rihanna are officially back on following Drake’s profession of love for her at the 2016 VMAs. “They are fully dating,” a source tells Entertainment Tonight. “No one really knows how long they have been ’official’—they just decided to let it become a thing instead of hiding it from everyone. They’re happy.”
Drake appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and confirms that he and Rihanna are “just friends.”
A source tells E! News that Aubrih is once again official. “He still loves her and never stopped. Rihanna is the one that’s been not wanting to settle down in the past,” the source said. “They are having fun spending time with each other. Their music together got them close again.”
Drake and Rihanna both pay tribute to super-fan Megan Flores on social media after learning that she died of cancer. Drake first met Flores, a.k.a. OVO Megan, via the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He kept in touch with her and even visited her at the hospital in March 2016. He dedicated his 2016 album Views to her.
Drake brings Rihanna out at OVO Fest 2016, and the two perform “Too Good” from his album Views.
Rihanna and Drake perform her single “Work” together at the 2016 BRIT Awards. Grinding ensued.
Rihanna drops the first single from Anti, “Work” featuring none other than Drake.
Rihanna and Drake spend time together in an NYC studio, but instead of recording music, the two mostly make out. “Something about being inside a New York City studio together turns them on, especially Rihanna, because it’s secretive and seedy,” a source told HollywoodLife.
Rihanna tells Vanity Fair that her “last real, official boyfriend was Chris Brown.” We’re guessing this means she and Drizzy were never official after all?
Rihanna and Drake break up again because he’s just “too in love with her, which has always been the problem,” a source told Perez Hilton.
TMZ reports that Rihanna and Drake are in a serious relationship. One source tells the site that Drake has been “in the best mood he’s been in a long time.”
Drake does an interview with Rolling Stone and decribes Rihanna as “the ultimate fantasy,” while clarifying that they’re just friends. “I mean, I think about it,” he said. “Like, ’Man, that would be good.’ We have fun together, she’s cool and sh-t. But we’re just friends. That’s my dog for life.”
Rihanna reportedly starts texting Chris Brown again while on tour in Europe with Drake.
Drake appears on The Ellen DeGeneres show and talks briefly about his relationship with Rihanna. “We had our moment,” he said, adding that he’ll “always support and have love for her.”
Rihanna and Drake are spotted having dinner together in NYC ahead of the MTV VMAs.
Rihanna and Chris Brown are spotted kissing during a commercial break at the MTV VMAs. They are officially back together until May of 2013, when Chris confirmed that they had broken up.
Drake and Meek Mill get tied up in a “screaming match” with Chris Brown and his crew at W.I.P. nightclub in New York City. A verbal argument between Meek and Chris’ crews apparently turned physical, with Chris incurring a bloody gash on his face. Drake sent Chris a note earlier in the night that said, “I’m [bleeping] the love of your life,” thought to be referring to Rihanna, according to Page Six.
Drake drops the video for “Take Care” featuring Rihanna.
Two new collaborations emerge between Rihanna and her ex-love Chris Brown. The first, Brown’s remix of Rih’s “Birthday Cake.” The second, a Rihmix of Chris’ “Turn Up the Music.”
Drake opens up to Elle Magazine about his previous short-lived romance with Rihanna.
“At the time it hurt, but she didn’t mean to,” he said of their breakup. “I’ll never put that on her. I was hurt because I started to slowly realize what it was. I guess I thought it was more. That was the first girl with any fame that paid me any mind. You spend days reading about this person in the magazines. All of a sudden you have this number-one song and you’re at some birthday party and there she is. And you’re just some naive kid from Toronto staying in some sh-tty-ass hotel who got invited to this party on a whim. That’s just how it happened.”
TMZ reports that Drake and Rihanna were spotted “snuggling up at a private booth” at a Canadian nightclub.
Rihanna and Drake deliver a sultry performance of their hit “What’s My Name?” at the 2011 Grammys.
Rihanna drops the video for “What’s My Name?” featuring Drake.
Drake raps about Rihanna in a verse from “Fireworks” that goes as follows:
“I could tell it wasn’t love, I just thought you’d f—k with me
Who could’ve predicted Lucky Strikes would have you stuck with me?
What happened between us that night it always seems to trouble me
Now all of a sudden these gossip sites wanna cover me
And you making it seem like it happened that way because of me
But I was curious and I never forget it, baby, what an experience
You could’ve been the one, but it wasn’t that serious”
Drake tells The New York Times that Rihanna treated him like “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,” he said. “I was like, wow, this feels terrible.”
Rihanna and Drake are spotted bowling together at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge in New York City. A source tells Page Six RiRi was “drinking whiskey and apple juice and making out with him all night.”
Here’s a take on Aubrih’s ever elusive relationship here.