Drake and Rihanna: Looking Through a Timeline Of Their Love

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Jessica Zakhary, Senior Staff Member

From their obvious chemistry to their overall mutual attractiveness, Drake and Rihanna are the most talked about couple. Matching tattoos and moving speeches are only a few of the reasons why the media can’t seem to get enough of them. This on and off again pair have quite a lot of history over the years. Here is a breakdown of Drake and Rihanna’s seven year love, from beginning to end.

 

2005

Drake and Rihanna meet in the most unusual of ways: he played background music at the Toronto restaurant where she was shooting her ‘Pon de Replay’ music video.

2009

The two reconnect at a bowling alley and are supposedly seen kissing. Drake seemingly references this first date in his iconic 2016 MTV Video Music Awards speech, proclaiming, “She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old”.

2010

2010 marks the pair’s first collab. Although they only collaborated for one song, “What’s My Name?”, their undeniable chemistry sparked the rumor mill.

2011

Take Care”, a Drake and Rihanna collab, is released. Lyrics such as “Dealing with a heart that I didn’t break/I’ll be there for you, I’ll take care of you” caused people to speculate whether it is referencing Riri’s recent abusive relationship with Chris Brown.

 

 

2013

Rihanna and Drake are seen hanging out, sparking rumors that they may be reuniting. Their outing was shortly after Rihanna and Chris Brown ended things for good after trying to work out their issues surrounding his abusive nature.

2014

Drake and Riri’s 2014 was all about showcasing their love, between their many mutual club appearances and PDA-filled concerts.

2015

This year served as a break for the couple. There was speculation that things ended badly, as Drake’s Toronto concert featured pictures of Rihanna as the devil in the background.

2016

Love proved to be real after all when Drake and Rihanna were seen hanging out more frequently, releasing several collabs, including the popular “Work” with a seductive music video, and frequently visiting each other on tour. Drake’s now famous VMA speech, presenting Rihanna with the highly coveted Vanguard award, seemingly confirmed their relationship, as did the kiss they shared after it. Now, after more kisses and date nights, it seems their relationship is stronger than ever.

Between coy song lyric references, concert appearances, and romantic date nights, Drake and Rihanna’s relationship is one for the books. Their iconic love story and mutual admiration for each other makes them the most talked about couple.