Forever grateful to everyone involved creatively, from choreography all the way to wardrobe and production! Thank you to the beautiful @iamnaomicampbell @therealmaryjblige @traceeellisross for your kind words! Rihanna also took a moment to mention the rapper: “[Drake] your speech was so touching and I love you for that! Just days after Rihanna showed off her fresh ink of a camouflage-print shark (reminiscent of a plush shark Drake once gifted her) on her ankle, the Canadian rapper appeared to have the exact same tattoo on his right forearm during the New Orleans stop on his Summer Sixteen [email protected] your speech was so touching and I love you for that! DRAKE & RIHANNA HAVE AN ‘OPEN’ RELATIONSHIP — OCTOBER 2016 A few months after the couple became official, Drake and Rihanna were still going strong.It was a challenge but I wanted nothing more than to give my fans a true representation of all the colors that I'm made of as an artist! #Ri Ri Vanguard A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on In a lengthy Instagram post, the “Work” singer spoke about the night she received the Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 VMAs.My journey has been filled with growth and people who continue to inspire me! “#VMA2016 night was one that I would never forget!! ” she wrote, accompanying a clip of her acceptance speech.
The two were previously seen getting close in the venue, with Rihanna affectionately stroking the Hotling Bling hitmaker's face.
The lyrics read: “And last night I think I lost my patience / Last night I got high as the expectations / Last night, I came to a realization / And I hope you can take it,” with Rihanna going on to insinuate that she’s placed the rapper in the friend zone.
From the looks of their chemistry on and off the stage, Rihanna and Drake had to be dating – which is exactly what sources confirmed to PEOPLE after the rapper stopped hanging out with budding model Hailey Baldwin.
“Hailey was a fling, but Drake has always wanted to make things work with Rihanna,” the insider revealed, adding: “They have been keeping it a secret because this time around, they want to do it right and keep their relationship private.” Can you say relationship goals?
(You know, if they actually are in a relationship …) Days before the VMAs, the rapper gifted the Barbadian beauty a larger-than-life sentiment in the form of a billboard, congratulating her on winning MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.