Love

All of the times Rihanna got us psyched for a relationship that never happened

We’re on the edge of our seats over here.

By Erin Cook

Rihanna and Drake’s on-again-off-again romance was very emotionally taxing for those of us who were emotionally involved. After living through the tumultuous Chris Brown years, we just wanted to see our girl happy again. However, despite Drake’s very public declaration at the 2016 VMAs, the two couldn’t make it work.

More recently, RiRi was spotted canoodling with a new squeeze in Spain. While we’re sure he’s a nice guy, we’re trying to keep our hearts from getting invested. Why? Well, Rihanna has a habit of getting us psyched for relationships that never actually happen.

Here, we round up all of the times that RiRi kept us guessing about her relationship status.

2017

Recently, Rihanna was spotted kissing Saudi billionaire Hassan Jameel in Spain. (He’s also a regulation hottie, BTW.) According to TMZ, he “might be her new boyfriend” but we’ll believe it when RiRi confirms it.

2016

At Coachella last year, Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio set off the rumour mill when they were snapped partying together. Leo was spotted whispering sweet nothings in her ear. Well, either that or asking her if she wanted another beer.

Remember when Drake publicly professed his love to Rihanna on stage at the VMAs? While presenting her with an award, he said:

“She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old, she's one of my best friends in the world. All my adult life, I've looked up to her even though she's younger than me. She's a living, breathing legend in our industry.”

Afterwards, everyone kind of assumed they were dating but there was no official confirmation from the pair.

2015

Everyone – including us – got super excited in 2015 when RiRi and Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly started dating. They were first rumoured to be more than friends when at least two people confirmed to TMZ that Leo and RiRi were seen kissing at a party at the Playboy Mansion in 2015 – but a friend of the Oscar winner’s denied that ever happened. They were also said to be have been getting hot and heavy at Rihanna’s birthday party a month later, but again, there’s no solid proof.

For a period in 2015, Rihanna was linked to rapper Travis Scott. The pair were reportedly seen leaving a New York Fashion Week party together before heading to the same hotel. According to The Sun, things were quite serious, with Rihanna thinking about introducing him to her mum.

Also in 2015, RiRi was linked to Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton. Speaking to E!, Lewis said, “You know, I've known Ri for a long time. We've been friends for a while. We get to hang out every now and again...” Naturally, Rihanna said nothing to confirm or deny the rumours.

Again in 2015 – it was a big year! – Rihanna was linked to Real Madrid star Karim Benzema after the pair were spotted at the same club in West Hollywood. Although, let the record show that they left separately. A source told Us Weekly that she wasn’t officially dating him. But that doesn’t mean that she wasn’t dating him at all, you know?

2014

While speaking to Rolling Stone, Drake sparked rumours that there was something going on between him and Rihanna. "She's the ultimate fantasy,” he said. “I mean, I think about it. Like, 'Man, that would be good.' We have fun together, she's cool and shit. But we're just friends. That's my dog for life." Just friends? Yeah right…