Drake & Rihanna: Are They Or Aren’t They? A Timeline
No one knows for certain what's brewing between Drake and Rihanna, but over the last year and a half, the rumor mill has been reporting about the status of the two stars's ambiguous relationship. With Drizzy adding the latest chapter to their story just yesterday (January 4), on his collabo with Rick Ross ("Made Men"), XXLMag.com has put together a timeline of the the Bajan beauty and the Young Money heartthrob's public affair. —Jesse Gissen
May 17, 2009 - Rihanna spotted kissing Drake at Manhattan’s Lucky Strike Lanes
The rumors of Drake and Rihanna's alleged relationship begins as a source tells the New York Post that RiRi is officially over Chris Brown, as she was seen making out with Drizzy in the West 42nd Street hotspot. "She was drinking whiskey and apple juice and making out with him all night," the spy told the paper. "They were really cute together."
Nov 24, 2009 - Rihanna interview with Angie Martinez
During a sit down with the Hot 97 radio personality, the Def Jam singer addresses the reports, saying she never dated the Canadian rapper. “Me and Drake are still friends actually,” she said. “[We hung out] a few times but no, never.”
Dec/Jan 2010 – Drake interview with XXL
During an interview for our "Doin Lines" column in the Dec/Jan 2010 issue, we asked Drake to fill in the blanks on some statements. Peep his answer on this one: “People thought I was dating Rihanna, and that was semi-true.”
April 23, 2010 – Drake debuts verse about Rihanna
During a concert, Heartbreak Drake previewed the verse 2 from “Fireworks” where he talks about Rihanna. “I'm just such a gentleman, you should give it up for me/Look at how I'm placing all my napkins and my cutlery/I could tell it wasn't love, I just thought you fuck with me/Who coulda predicted Lucky Strike will have you stuck with me/Damn, I kept my wits about me luckily/What happened between us that night, it always seems to trouble me/Now all of a sudden these gossip rags wanna cover me/And you makin’ it seem like it happened that way because of me/But I was curious/And I'll never forget it baby, what an experience/You coulda been the one but it wasn't that serious/There was smoke in the air before, that was me clearin it/That felt good, all in all I learned a lesson from it though/You never see it comin, you just get to see it go/Yeah, I shoulda looked up in the sky at first/Now I could see it in her eyes, fireworks.