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Rumors that Rihanna is dating rapper Rakim Mayers, a.k.a. A$AP Rocky, have been circulating for years now thanks to their undeniable chemistry on and off the stage. However, as of 2020, what started out as hopeful conjecture has finally become a reality.
In fact, just a few months after People reported in November 2020 that the pair were actually dating, A$AP Rocky referred to RiRi as “the love of my life.” It doesn't get much more serious than that! Here's everything we know about their relationship:
2012: The pair look very…comfortable together during their 2012 MTV Video Music Awards performance.
2013: A$AP Rocky is an opening act during Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour.
2019: The Fenty mogul and the rapper hit the red carpet at The Fashion Awards in London.
At one point during the Vogue video titled “Face to Face,” A$AP Rocky asks Rihanna what her skin type is. “My skin type is just as complicated as men are,” she replies. “Y’all always try to say women are complicated? It’s y’all!” When she asks him the same question, he answers simply, “Handsome.”
They keep the flirty vibes going during their GQ video, especially when A$AP Rocky is asked about the “hardest part” of working with Rihanna. “I think the hardest part about working with you is not goofin’ off and laughing the whole time. Like this shit is comedy,” he says. “That’s the hardest part. You know, people be so cool it’s hard not to, not to laugh. That’s all. But it was fun. The hardest part is not having too much fun. You just forget that it’s still work at the end of the day.”
November 2020: Relationship rumors pick up when the performers are seen with a group of friends in New York City. “They have always had amazing chemistry and Rihanna relates to A$AP and it feels natural, easy and fun,” a source tells Entertainment Tonight in November. “She feels very comfortable around him since they’ve known each other for such a long time and also feels a connection to him because his dad is from Barbados.”
December 2020: Nearly one month later, they are spotted kissing in Barbados, where they reportedly are spending the holidays with her family. “Spending Christmas together was an obvious step for Rihanna and A$AP,” a source tells E.T. “They've known each other for so long as friends and in a work setting, which makes it so easy for them to get along, travel together, and be involved in each other’s lives to the full extent. They always have such a good time together and definitely seem in love.”
He also referred to Rihanna as “the One” while discussing why he favors monogamy to being single. “So much better when you got the One,” he says. “[Rihanna] amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones. I think when you know, you know. She’s the One.”
June 2021: While A$AP Rocky confirmed the relationship in May, Rihanna has yet to make an official statement. However, that did not keep her from engaging in more PDA with the rapper in New York City. Click here for photos.
This post will be updated.
Originally Appeared on Glamour