Tuesday, August 3

Duet Partners to Lovers! Rihanna and ASAP Rocky's Relationship Timeline


Must be love on the brain! Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have spent years denying that their relationship is anything but platonic, but things finally changed when the rapper called her “the love of my life” in 2021.

After more than a year of rumors, the “Peso” artist confirmed in a May interview with GQ that he was dating the Fenty Beauty founder and called her “The One.” One month earlier, a source told Us Weekly that the pair were spotted “holding hands and laughing” during a night out in Los Angeles.

“It’s obvious they’re a couple and also are each other’s best friend,” the insider added. “They kid around a lot [and] laugh a lot. They have private date nights together a lot and have a blast hanging out together.”

The duo made their red carpet debut in December 2019 at the Fashion Awards in London, but at the time, Rihanna was fresh off her breakup with ex-boyfriend Hassan Jameel, with whom she was first linked in 2017.

“Rihanna and A$AP are hanging out and hooking up,” a source told Us in February 2020. “They’re having fun and have always had chemistry.”

Fans of the musicians first started hoping for a love connection between the twosome when they teamed up in 2012 for a flirtatious performance at the MTV Video Music Awards and A$AP jumped on a remix of Rihanna’s “Cockiness (Love It).”

A few months later, the New York native paid tribute to his friend with a shoutout in his song “Fashion Killa,” from his January 2013 album, Long. Live. A$AP., but by February, he was linked to model Chanel Iman. The former pair got engaged in April 2014 but split for good in October of that year.

Rihanna, meanwhile, was pursuing a relationship with Drake, whom she dated off and on from 2009 to 2016. The duo collaborated on several songs together — including “Work” from her 2016 album, Anti, and “Too Good” from his 2016 LP, Views — but called it quits for good in October of that year.

“She doesn’t want to be held down,” a source told Us at the time. “They will always be close,” added another insider. “If they end up together, it could happen, but not now.”

It’s apparently not happening in 2021, either, because the Ocean’s 8 star seems to be going strong with A$AP. “A$AP has been very into Rihanna for years,” a source told Us in December 2020, adding that the “Umbrella” singer “kept him in the friend zone” for a while. “Things changed over the summer and they finally hooked up. They’ve been together ever since.”

Keep scrolling to take a look back at Rihanna and A$AP’s complete relationship timeline:

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September 2012

The pair made their professional debut at the MTV VMAs, where they performed a remix of Rihanna’s song “Cockiness (Love It).”

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December 2012

After A$AP’s father died, the Barbadian pop star offered him her sympathy via Twitter. “My most sincere condolences bro,” she wrote, adding the hashtag, “#BajanBlood.”

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March 2013

The rapper joined Rihanna as an opening act on her Diamonds world tour from March to May and again for a handful of dates in October and November.

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September 2013

The Battleship actress appeared in A$AP’s music video for “Fashion Killa.” The song included the line, “Her attitude Rihanna, she get it from her mama.”

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May 2015

In an interview with NYC radio station Hot 97, the rapper denied ever having been in a romantic relationship with his colleague. “It never happened,” he said. “If it happened, then it would have happened. We didn’t do that. … That’s not what I’m looking forward to. I’m looking forward to the friendship that I already have with all these females.”

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June 2018

The pair sat together in the front row at Virgil Abloh’s debut show for Louis Vuitton.

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September 2018

A$AP attended the Diamond Ball for Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, named in honor of her grandparents. The organization funds education initiatives and natural disaster response programs in the Caribbean.

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September 2019

The rapper attended the fifth annual edition of the Diamond Ball.

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December 2019

The pair made a stunning red carpet debut at the Fashion Awards, sparking romance rumors once again after their many years of friendship.

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January 2020

Us confirmed that Rihanna split from Jameel after nearly three years together. That same month, the “Pour It Up” songstress was spotted with A$AP at a concert in honor of his friend A$AP Yams, who died of a drug overdose in 2015.

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July 2020

A$AP starred alongside Lil Nas X in an ad campaign for Rihanna’s Fenty Skin line. “That’s right baby…@fentyskin is for my fellas too!” the beauty mogul wrote via Instagram, captioning a photo of herself with the “F—kin’ Problems” singer.

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August 2020

The pair interviewed each other about the beauty industry for Vogue and GQ. “I think the hardest part about working with you is not goofing off and laughing the whole time,” A$AP said in the video. “This s—t is comedy. That’s the hardest part. We so cool, it’s just hard not to laugh, that’s all.”

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December 2020

The couple celebrated Christmas together on a private yacht in Rihanna’s native Barbados. Earlier in the month, they were spotted together at NYC’s Beatrice Inn.

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January 2021

In a photo posted via Instagram, the “Needed Me” singer wore a pair of $1,860 sandals designed by A$AP in collaboration with Amina Muaddi.

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April 2021

The duo headed to Delilah in L.A. for dinner — and both chose head-to-toe leather for the outing.  

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May 2021

“So much better when you got The One,” the rapper told GQ. “She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones. … I think when you know, you know. She’s The One.”

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June 2021

At the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his documentary Stockholm Syndrome, which includes a cameo by Rihanna, A$AP told Entertainment Tonight that he was grateful for his girlfriend’s support. “It’s amazing and I’m honestly truly blessed, for real,” he said

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